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Space shuttle #5

Posted on 2012/07/15

A selection of places to visit in virtual and physical space.

 

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BERMAN´S CHILDREN – n+1, Andrew Jacobs.
[...] This new built environment, effected under the banner of “urban renewal,” would unify the city and connect it to the larger infrastructural and economic systems that were fast developing outside its borders. This meant Robert Moses’s highways, parkways, and thruways, but also better public transit, better communications technology, larger buildings, super-neighborhoods, and straighter streets. [...]

THE CENTRE REIGNS SUPREME: HOW A POLYCENTRIC URBAN PLAN FOR BEIJING WAS LOST - The Global Urbanist, Jinxi Chen.
[...] Jinxi Chen takes us on a modern history tour of Beijing’s urban structure, and argues that Mao’s efforts to replace the old historic centre with the institutions of communist government may have transformed the image of the city, but preserved the old concentric structure that could not work well for contemporary Beijing. [...]

DUBAI: A CITY MANUFACTURED BY CURIOSITY – e-flux, Bilal Khbeiz.
[...] It is hard to distinguish individuals in a crowd. Citizens of the Gulf states appear to the visitor as crowds, with their identities as individuals momentarily suspended. Such a crowd is slightly different from the kind described by Elias Canetti. This is a crowd perceived as such by a visitor conscious of his individuality against the multitude. [...]

Space shuttle #4

Posted on 2012/07/07

A selection of places to visit in virtual and physical space.

METAMODERNISM, QUIRKISM AND FEMINISM - Metamodernism, Gry Rustard.
[...] As metamodernism as an idiom, philosophy, sensibility and cultural force are being developed, conceptualized and analyzed, I think it is time to address an important and central aspect so far overlooked, namely that of feminism. [...]

ATLAS FOR THE BLIND – Socks Studio.
[...] From the spectacular David Rumsey Map Collection, the 1837 “Atlas of the United States Printed for the Use of the Blind“, embossed heavy paper featuring lines, letters and geographical symbols, destined to help blind children to visualise geography. [...]

EVERY CITY NEEDS A BRAND – Salon.com, Will Doigt.
[...] A catchy nickname isn’t enough: A city needs a persona. But how do you brand a place that’s simply nice to live in? [...]

SPOTTING A MERMAID IN STATEN ISLAND. – Polis.
[...] stillspotting nyc is a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim Museum’s Architecture and Urban Studies programming into the streets of New York. Site-specific commissions in all five boroughs identify moments of urban quiet and stillness in response to everyday issues of noise and anxiety. [...]

CAPTURING THE GLOW OF OLD NEW YORK – New York Times, Cityroom, Aidan Gardiner
[...] One hundred and fourteen years ago, an experiment in a London laboratory helped shape the face of modern New York City. On June 12, 1898, two British chemists discovered neon. [...]

Space shuttle #3

Posted on 2012/06/24

A selection of places to visit in virtual and physical space.
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What is Post-Utopian Urbanism? Urbanism, Utopias, Urbatopia – LA DIALECTIQUE CASSE DES BRIQUES, A. Guironnet.
What is a Post-Utopian Urbanism? From the Modernist Utopia to the Postmodern Dystopia: What’s left? – A DIALECTIQUE CASSE DES BRIQUES, A. Guironnet.

ZONE: THE SPATIAL SOFTWARES OF EXTRASTATECRAFT. - Design Observer, Keller Easterling.
[...] Today urban space has become a mobile, monetized technology, and some of the most radical changes to the globalizing world are being written, not in the language of law and diplomacy, but rather in the spatial information of infrastructure, architecture and urbanism. Massive global systems — meta-infrastructures administered by public and private cohorts, and driven by profound irrationalities — are generating de facto, undeclared forms of polity faster than any even quasi-official forms of governance can legislate them — a wilder mongrel than any storied Leviathan for which there is studied political response. [...]

CTRL-N JOURNAL. On cities, mapping, psychogeography and the experience of places.

BOOK REVIEW. Henri Lefebvre on Space – Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of theory – Space and Culture, Christopher Knoll.
[...] Ɫukacz Stanek’s book on the French urban sociologist Henri Lefebvre is a detailed, well-researched and balanced account of both Lefebvre’s intellectual biography and the development of his conceptual frameworks. [...]

MIGRANTENÖKONOMIE UND STADTENTWICKLUNG – Raumnachrichten, Florian Weber.
[...] Während in kommunalen Integrationsprogrammen seit etwa Mitte der 2000er Jahre zunehmend die Frage nach dem möglichen Beitrag von selbständigen MigrantInnen an der Wirtschaftsentwicklung in das Blickfeld rückt (bspw. in Nürnberg), wird in der wissenschaftlichen Diskussion bereits seit den 1970er Jahren auf das Thema „selbständige MigrantInnen” geschaut. Dennoch bestehen weiterhin Forschungslücken. [...]

BOOMENDE METROPOLE - NZZ, Werner Huber.
[...] Vor über zwanzig Jahren hat Polen sein politisches und wirtschaftliches System grundlegend verändert. Verändert hat sich auch das Bauwesen. Ein Blick auf Warschau zeigt: Architektonisch hat man den Anschluss an Europa bereits gefunden. Defizite bestehen im Städtebau und in der Pflege des öffentlichen Raums. [...]