David Maljković at Secession Wien, 2012. (Exhibition view.)

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

VIRTUAL SPACE

HOW SPACE AND ARCHITECTURE INFLUENCE HAPPINESS 
If architecture is a tool for mental health, then why isn’t there more of the happiness-producing kind?
asks Sarah Hampson.

SIDE WALK SCIENCE A four-part series by Tom Vanderbilt published on Slate:
1. The Crisis in American Walking, 2. Sidewalk Science, 3. What`s Your Walk Score?, 4. Learning To Walk.

INFRASTRUCTURE IS DEAD, LONG LIVE INFRASTRUCTURE
With a global infrastructure crisis looming, there is much debate as to how our roads, sewers, and power lines will be financed in the future. While privatization was heralded as the solution a few years back, the current economic situation has cast doubt on the strategy. What do we do when the state can’t afford it and the private sphere doesn’t want the risk?
By Brendan Cormier

OPEN SOURCE URBANISM
Saskia Sassen, the Robert S Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University,proposes that urbanizing technology can can allow people to better “talk back” to cities and implement user-driven change. This in contrast to the drive for “smart cities” from many global mega-companies which are trying to control everything – usually with their proprietary technology – she suggests that these control fantasies will lead to more rapid obsolescence than a more open sourced version which is built form the bottom up similar to open source software.

KLECKERN STATT KLOTZEN
Ist es nur folgerichtig, wenn man auf die „graue Masse“ nun mit „architektonischer Prägnanz“ reagieren will? Mit einem eben möglichst großmaßstäblichen Projekt? Liegt das in der Logik der „Festivalisierung“ von Stadtentwicklung, die Großereignisse fokussiert in der Hoffnung, sichtbare und exemplarische Erfolge zu erzielen? Und dabei bestimmte Fragen, etwa nach Perspektiven oder dem Verhältnis von symbolischem Ertrag zu realem (stadtgesellschaftlichem) Nutzen, nicht erst stellt? Robert Kaltenbrunner über den zeitgenössischen Städtebau.

 

REAL SPACE

THE reSITE FESTIVAL will take place from May 21-27, 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic. reSITE Festival is a major international event in Prague that is committed to exploring collaborative ideas for the development of public spaces that have real economic, social and ecological value. It’s about partnerships for a better urban future. The Festival will be centered on a two-day conference and supported by dozens of independently organized public events to focus on the riverfront, urban mobility and public spaces in Prague. Interdisciplinary conferences, workshops, film screenings, urban games, public design discussions and cycling events will make reSITE a totally original urban experience in this part of the world. The Conference will have discussions and targeted lectures from international and local experts in four fields: Design, Private Development, Municipality Leadership, and Public Advocacy groups.