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February 13th, 2008
Museum for hoarding
Dominic Roberts in CONTINUITY IN ARCHITECTURE
Elegant temporary wrapping at the Harris Museum, Preston. Tags: cia, preston, hoarding, harris
Living in SimCity
Brendan in Where
SimCity, one of the most popular electronic games of all time, played an undeniable role in the return to the popular consciousness over the past few decades of urban planning. While the original game succeeded by breaking cities down into their most basic elements (residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, infrastructural, recreational), subsequent versions have become more complex, and more nuanced. And with the most recent version of the game, SimCity Societies (the first version not developed by creator Will Wright and his team at Maxis), came and went with barely a whimper, the franchise is ideally poised for a thorough revamp. I recently read two posts at Very Spatial that got me thinking about SimCity and its potential for revival....
Panel Discussion: Manufacturing Neighbourhoods
Dylan Reid in Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape
The second event in the Building Sustainability Lecture Series organized by Architecture for Humanity is coming up. The first lecture was completely full, so if you plan to go, get there early! A panel discussion on the ways to create and maintain vibrant, healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods in which to live, work, and play. Panelists are David Hulchanski (UofT, Urban Institute), Ken Greenberg (Planner/Architect), Bruce Hinds (Architect/OCAD prof), Shokofeh Dilmaghani (Community Development Worker), and Gillian Booth (Medical Professional, St. Michael’s). Guest Apperance by Adam Vaughan (City Councillor).
Art Center Mobility Summit: A Field Report
WorldChanging Team in WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future
by Justus Stewart
I. The Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, was the site of a conference last week titled “Systems, Cities & Sustainable Mobility.” The building is an adaptive reuse (most of the conference took place in a converted wind tunnel), and is LEED certified. It is also, most important for the topic at hand, walking distance from the Gold Line, which connects downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena. The conference opened on Wednesday morning with a keynote from WC’s own Alex Steffen, who set the tone for what would be the conference’s central theme: is green technology (in this case cars) enough to bring about a sustainable future? Alex issued the challenge that we had to completely re-design our systems, not just our technologies; that we need a new definition of what it means to be a prosperous American in the 21st century. (Alex’s post on the subject can be read here.)
Infrastructure for the Future We Want
Alex Steffen in WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future
Infrastructure bores us. Most people in the developed world spend a significant portion of their incomes primarily to avoid ever having to think of the infrastructure we use, or the implications of the way we use it. Therefore, we ignore it. But like most of the ignored products of our minds, infrastructure is about to demand that pay it attention once more. Throughout the developed world, so called infrastructure deficits -- large accumulated backlogs of needed work on existing infrastructural systems, and newer demands for infrastructure that go unmet -- are growing rapidly. Nowhere is this more true than in the U.S., where a study done last year by the Urban Land Institute, Infrastructure 2007: A Global Perspective, found that we'd have to spend $1.6 trillion dollars to bring our infrastructure up to date.
Memorial Coliseum Again Faces Threat, Possibility
Brian Libby in Portland Architecture
Yesterday, 12:27 PM
As reported in today's Oregonian by Ryan Frank and Brent Hunsberger, the Trail Blazers have decided to revisit the idea of redeveloping the Rose Quarter area. That, the report says, could include retrofitting or demolishing the Coliseum. It's true that the Rose Quarter is a dismal place unless there's a Blazer game happening, and even then it's only because of the game. At the same time, one of the city's biggest transit centers is here, so it would be good for the city for this area to be used more efficiently and smartly.
News From Stockholm #1
Four presentations stood out at Stockholm's latest furniture fair. Read more…
Capturing the model architect
Jonathan Glancey in Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - art
Timothy Soar's photographs show architects at work in their ultra-neat, beautifully designed studios. And very revealing they are too
Felsen and Dunn, Kulapat Yantrasast - really late additions to February calendar
Lynn Becker in ArchitectureChicago PLUS
Two new additions to our February calendar of Architecture Events will be duking it out next Wednesday evening February 20th. Felsen and Dunn: Water and Infrastructure - Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn, co-principals of UrbanLab and newly named co-directors of alternative design firm Archeworks will be appearing at a Chicago Architectural Club event, 6:30 P.M., February 20th, at the I-Space Gallery on the second floor of 230 West Superior. Their entry, Growing Water, was the the first place winner of the History Channel's 2007 national City of the Future competition. Future events will include Krueck and Sexton's Mark Sexton and Tom Jacobs talking about their new Spertus Museum, on March 25th, Blair Kamin on April 29th, and Stanley Tigerman talking on "Chicago Activism" on May 20th.