On Making Glaciers →
In Madrid’s Heart, Park Blooms Where a Freeway... →
mas-studio: More than six miles long, Madrid Río took over a neglected area of Spain’s capital, knitting together neighborhoods that had been severed from the city center. An artcile by Michael Kimmelman (New York Times)
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Change is nature, Dad. The part that we can influence. And it starts when we...– Remy
Generally a man may common in a forest.– from an old book on British law via Lewis Hyde’s book Common As Air. I have just finally started this one, a little over a year since seeing him speak at the Walker - I hope to offer a full report when I’m finished. Fitzcarraldo (2010) by Anselm Kiefer, via Gagosian Gallery
“bundled, buried, and behind closed doors” →
[“Bundled, Buried, and Behind Closed Doors”, a documentary short by Ben Mendelsohn and Alex Cholas-Wood, looks at one of our favorite things — the physical infrastructure of the…
Landscape Futures →
Interesting exhibition write-up curated by Geoff Manaugh BLDG|BLOG. It’s true, we are in for some fantastical landscapes. I love the piece by David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang of The Living.
Financial Engagement // A Public Thing
This is a great way to get involved and discuss your concerns/ideas about how to improve our current financial system. After the event at Peavey Plaza (Mpls) the event will move over to People’s Plaza and connect with the people there. These conversations will be documented, thus making tangible the solidity and resourcefulness of this movement. Awesome job We Work Here! Go here to keep...
Civics and Art Part I: Wandering
A few weeks ago I attended a talk by Alan Moore, a founding member of Colab, at Midway Contemporary Art along with David Little, photography and new media curator at the MIA. This dialogue prompted a further exploration of the civics of art in general on my part. The talk was a somewhat sprawling look into artist collectives with particular focus on New York in the late sixties and up through...
soft landscapes →
This week, I’ve organized a short (very short) lecture series for the students in my studio (well, the “Post-Natural Ecologies” half of the studio) at Virginia Tech’s …
here there, there here, by rolu and welcomeprojects as part of HDTS super cool!
Not sure if I need to comment on this from BLDGBLOG, it’s pretty amazing. How much does it cost? And does anyone wanna go out and play? And now I am reminded of Happy Fun Ball. Do not throw Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera near your neighbors bedroom window.
on blogging architecture →
Geoff Manaugh contributes a series to Arbitare that looks at the history, equipment, content, audience, and future of architecture blogging. Being “someone who has founded his entire…
phantom stories →
[Homes on the outskirts of Shanghai, via Google Maps.] A recent report in the New York Times which looks at global marriage patterns from an economic perspective contains the following…
A Flame's View →
by christopher jonassen via I’m Revolting.
Wintry city a wonderland for cyclists →
Nice little write-up down under.. now they just need to put the “rubber side down” as the locals here may say.. Or perhaps Zito, a famed local cyclist in Minneapolis and Milwaukee now living in Sydney, is showing ‘em how we do it up here. stuffaboutminneapolis: It’s so cold the gears need defrosting, roads are like ice rinks and helmets are strapped over full-face...
nuit blanche - white night →
Minneapolis is one of the “cool” cities. I missed last summer’s Northern Spark Festival, inspired by Nuit Blanche in Paris, but heard such great things from friends who went and participated - hopefully it happens again next summer. A Simple Chair (Returning Home), ROLU
Europe Journal - Green Wall Art →
do you discuss your work with other designers? no, not really because I spend so much time with the people here from the studio. I tend not to spend very much time with other people. when it became clear that my work was shifting towards design it was essential to me to work as part of a group of people. I both assumed and wanted the design to be publicly available. I thought that if something...
City as Prison →
For the next several days I will be focusing on the politics of space (as will much of the nation), partly after seeing Urbanized a few nights ago and mostly in trying to keep up with what is occurring here and now in our cities all across the country. I just read this frightening piece by Ai Weiwei on the nightmarish quality of Beijing. Looking forward to seeing how our public spaces are utilized...
The New Casbah is... →
in the crooked alleys of the web, a non-physical reality or infrastructure transposed onto the grid of our society (nice piece by The Funambulist - an architectural site I just stumbled upon yesterday). real protestors are surrounded by a real police force who are then surrounded by the immaterial networking of protestors utilizing the internet, or what Douglas Rushkoff calls “the control...
We recently wrote a brief piece, “Appeal”, for the excellent architecture journal Quaderns in response to their most recent issue, “Parainfrastructures”. We used this response as an…
Gary Hustwit's Urbanized at the Walker Art Center
I’m planning on catching this documentary tomorrow evening at the Walker, should be a good if you’re interested in the future of our cities. Also excited that Alejandro Aravenal will be featured - I just mentioned Elemental from Chile in my previous post. If you go early you’ll catch the director doing a Q and A following the movie, I will be attending the later...
Superfund Sites in China →
Interesting future in China, as noted by Polis. There always seems to be a fascination among artists and designers to create art within and among ruin and decay. Perhaps it’s the capacity for artists to heal and reconnect things that are broken, recover things that are lost or disappearing, and bring new understanding to things that are fragmented, no longer intelligible. May it as well be...
MY FAVORITE GRAVEL ROADS
The gravel roads were dry and fast with intermittent coarse areas. Most often there were great lines to follow but occasionally there is the need to drift over and find a new line as they tend to end and hopefully reappear. The hills were very fast but dry, so caution going down was generally a rule, patches of loose gravel were not so easy to locate visually...
gravel and dirt →
This Saturday I’ll be cycling some of my favorite gravel roads in southern Minnesota for the Almanzo 100 gravel race. I always mean to take some photos but the riding is always fast and I’m usually reaching for food and water not the camera. Please enjoy these photos of dirt roads by Robert Kinmont. Insert farm fields and barns and bluffs to approximate the scenery I’ll be...
Pop-Up City ELEMENTAL Do-Tank in Chile camille blin and julien renault via punica granatum nana Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio via Endless White
The Real →
The Ethereal →
Black Rock City →
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” - Bertold Brecht
william least heat-moon and the infrastructural... →
The following is a guest post from Nam Henderson, a long-time mammoth commentator and Archinect contributor. Nam blogs at Thoughts on Everything Under the Sun or I am a Guilty Secularist, and…
9 Eyes →
Building the Commons →
Cool Open Design project & more on Open Design here.
climate defense systems →
An article from Sunday’s Washington Post discusses the development of “climate defense systems”, resulting from an increasing interest in not just climate change prevention, but also climate…
free association design →
Via @bldgblog’s link to this great post on the Mexican city of Guanajuato (which I first became fascinated with when the friend who introduced Stephen and I spent part of a summer there with…
Post-WPA Symposium – Open notes →
quarantine theater →
Stephen and I were (of course) delighted to have the opportunity to join BLDGBLOG and Edible Geography (as well as many others) over the weekend for the concluding presentation from the …
Global Food Networks: Countries Buying Countries →
infrastructural urbanism and fracture-critical... →
[Amos Coal Power Plant, from Mitch Epstein’s fantastic series American Power] Adrian Lahoud has a lengthy post on infrastructure and urbanism at Post-Traumatic Urbanism; the post is…
readings: bloggers →
A few blogs, mostly relatively recently added to the reading list: Millenium People, which is on an Arctic hiatus, but should return after Christmas; a recommended starting point: the data…