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December 17th, 2007
Robert Katz in WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future
Yesterday, 1:17 PM
Over half the world’s population now lives in cities, with more and more people moving to them every day. Urbanization is not a new issue – a search on Worldchanging for “transportation” in the “cities” topic area alone returns 277 articles. Yet, despite all that has been written about urbanization, smart planning, and bright green technology, there’s still much more to be documented. This is especially true when you get into the intersection of policy, technology, environmental science and urban planning. At least, until now. Yesterday, EMBARQ, World Resources Institute’s Center for Sustainable Transport, launched TheCityFix, a blog dedicated to exploring these overlapping issues. (Note: I work at WRI.)
Locating the Modern City
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
Yesterday, 1:04 PM
A few days ago, in a recent post, I made a reference to Portland being more “European” in its urban planning and its more pedestrian and transit-oriented focus. A reader soon commented that this tendency of characterizing Portland this way is lazy, that not all European cities make such perfect role models, and that each city is different. And they of course were right. This got me thinking about a book I received a press copy of a few months ago called Urban Imaginaries: Locating The Modern City , edited by Thomas Bender and Alev Cinar.
personal outdoor dwelling system, corey w. crawford
Justin in materialicious
Personal Outdoor Dwelling System is a detached structure that is versatile in design and will change with your needs. This model was custom designed and built for the particular needs of the client. Orientation and placement of the structure maximizes the shade and protection from the harsh Texas sun. To provide this client privacy, the back and one side of the structure is without openings or windows. A beautiful mitered window adorns the front of the structure framing the lovely vegetable garden. A total of four doors completely open the space to the view of the garden. The bamboo floor is easy on the feet, very soothing to the eyes and contrasts the warm hues of the mahogany walls.
December 15th, 2007
Holiday Like You Give A Damn
Colin in blog like you give a damn
No matter what you're celebrating this time of year, many of us choose to express our holiday spirit by giving gifts to the people we love. Expanding on last year's short list of alternative gift ideas, here are my picks for the "Holidaze 2008". They might just bring you a little sanity and humanity during the coming hustle and bustle....
MNP Reviews: The Suburbanization of NY
The Suburbanization of New York: Is the World’s Greatest City Becoming Just Another Town? by Jerilou Hammett and Kingsley Hammett, editors - Photographs by Martha Cooper . This collection of fourteen essays on the development of New York City - covering everything from the Depression to the today - offers an interesting, if not subjective, view into the history of NYC, and a look at its possible future. The essays, each written by a different author, all have individual voices and perspectives - but all come together as one to cry out against the current changes in the city.
Archiculture, the Documentary
‘A documentary about the architectural thesis, shot by architects, to be viewed by all.’ Formerly titled Architorture [they changed the name, so as not to have a negative connotation], Archiculture is a documentary [currently in pre-production] focusing on the thesis semester of 5 architecture students. The filmmakers, David Krantz and Ian Harris, are recent college graduates [for landscape architecture and architecture, respectively] met in 2006, and began planning the film - which will give outsiders a candid look at what it is to go to architecture school and produce a thesis project...
Chris Hacker: Sustainability Expert, Smooth Operator
We never tire of hearing sustainability guru Chris Hacker talk about his design work at Johnson & Johnson. We even saw him back when he had just left a similar position at Aveda, when his presentation was still called "Green is the new black," which he doesn't call it anymore, he says, because, well, we're sure you understand why. Although it was great to see how his work for this gigantor corporation is really making an impact--they've reduced, re-sourced and redesigned packaging for so many major products already--we were much more, um, intrigued by his work on the new KY brand: Intrigue....
Scott Stowell Does Some Very Good Design
We went to a party last night at Good's pop-up store here in New York where we met editor Morgan Clendaniel, publisher Max Schorr, creative director Casey Caplowe and designer Tyler (sorry, we didn't write down your last name, tell us!). So it was only fitting that at today's Cause/Effect we'd see Scott Stowell of Open, whose firm has been the driving creative force, along with Caplowe's team, in cranking out this fine mag (which as you can see above, kinda, was shelved with the gun mags when the design issue featured an AK-47 on the cover).
I Like It, I Actually Like It
John Commoner in FUTURE HOUSE NOW
Yesterday, 1:20 PM
This is the first coffee table I've seen in ages that I actually like. Pretty cool, though not cheap at $3,500.
PEAR LIGHT: Nick Foley’s Portable LED Pears
Evelyn in Inhabitat
If you like the portability of the Phillips LED Candle light, but want something a bit “sweeter,” check out Nick Foley’s Pear Light. Custom made from hand-forged steel, this tree of light comes bearing fruit with rechargeable LEDs that allows you to take the lights with you down dark hallways. Once “picked” from the tree, each pear stays illuminated for about an hour. To bring it back to life, just place it back on the tree, where it will recharge for your night-viewing pleasure.
Oscar Turns 100
John in A Daily Dose of Architecture
Today is Brazilian architect Oscar Neimeyer's 100th birthday. This marker is extra-extraordinary as Neimeyer continues to practice architecture, something that might not come as a surprise to fellow architects but is nevertheless amazing. Projects include a new city in Algiers on the drawing board and a cultural center for Avila, Spain. Sao Paulo marks his birthday with a giant 100 hanging on the Copan building that he designed.
Lounge System by Hackenbroich Architects
Today, 5:33 AM
Hackenbroich architekten designed a system for a lounge landscape that can be infinitely long. Costumers will have the choice of various positions which can be combined in any sequence. The upholstery consists of a system of cushions that can be connected in multiple ways to cover the favourite zones of the sitscape. The prototype for the sitscape is six metres long. It has been developed for a specific user and is based on six basic positions.