Inverted Infrastructural Monuments, pt.2 →
Nap time! →
Iraq: The Dust Cloud of War →
The next war will be with the environment in this former bread basket. Iraq is another extreme front of ecological degradation, and the US has it’s tank track marks all over this war-stricken country. Though desertification has probably been in process for a while, the war hasn’t helped the country in dealing with this. As everywhere, it’s becoming more apparent that we are...
Annals of Artifice →
Garden City Detroit →
high line, briefly →
The High Line receives a glowing review from the New York Review of Books (which, due their odd desire to maintain the pretense that they publish book reviews and not journalism, pretends that the…
New Light on No Man's Land →
Radical Cartography →
Soundtrack for Spaces? →
Reinterpreting a Classic →
readings: on water →
1. Good Magazine’s Water Issue discusses clean water technologies for the developing world, the current and historical contamination of American tap water, fully recycled tap water, how…
Posts will be less frequent, as I am in the northwest visiting family. I will note some highlights so far. We hiked to some hot springs in Olympic National Park. We were tipped on the more obscure and less accessible springs; they were set along the mountain valley at the site of a lodge that no longer exists. It’s amazing to be able to take a hot bath out in the woods - I did not see any...
DailyLand: Rapid Palace →
its prettiness and romance will then be gone →
As long as I’m on the subject of urban parks that serve as components of flood management systems, I ought to mention the recent Buffalo Bayou Promenade in Houston, which is not only an…
Inverted Infrastructural Monuments, pt.1 →
smart tagging garbage →
New Scientist is partnering with the SENSEable City Lab (mentioned a couple days ago here) for an intriguing project in which thousands of items of ordinary garbage are tagged with SIM cards,…
New Blogs →
Bat Yam 2010 →
Do You Rule the Sewer? →
songdo’s tendril →
You find this mass anchored in the Yellow Sea (google map) off the Korean coast, attached by a thin line of gravel and asphalt (drawn in the straight line which is the international tell of…
Student Works: Ecotone Hydro Park →
Tackling Suburbia →
My father was trained as an agronomist, so I endured a fair number of lectures as a child about the importance of distinguishing between soil and dirt. Nonetheless, I recently added David…
Interim Vacancy - Pt 2 →
grande cretto →
Alberto Burri’s Grande Cretto is a waist-high concrete casting of the old town of Gibellina, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 1968 (image via flickr user claude05). The town…
my dreams, squashed →
If you folks haven’t already seen it, I can’t recommend this article on Will Allen, founder of Growing Power and a ’street farmer’ in Milwaukee, highly enough. I’m not even going to pull a…
Urban Chickens Build - 6 →
The Corridors of Power →
Some SDATisfaction →
Going to Eleven →
Null Point →
1845 — Independence Day Henry David Thoreau takes up 26-month-long squat, Walden Pond, Mass.
Gebellina: Ghost Town Art →
In 1968, the small town of Gibellina, Sicily was completely destroyed by an earthquake. And only a few years later rebuilt close to the original site. The erection of the new Gibellina was supported by a unique vision: against traditional forces of bureaucracy, corrupt politics and Sicilian mafia. Artists were invited to design buildings and sculptures and to incorporate place and landscape into...
Mapping Infrastructural Minneapolis/St. Paul...
Inspired by a Landscape Challenge from Pruned, below is a work in progress documenting our city and region’s infrastructural geography. Turns out to be quite the research project. Links to actual locations and details reveal the literal guts of our city, its functional and dysfunctional traits. We flip between past, present and future ideas and realities of modern living in the urban realm,...
A Short History of America by R.Crumb →
The New Farmer Community →
With all the rage over urban agriculture, it looks like suburban communities may finally look beyond their super “green” yards and trade in their golf clubs for shovels. Although they may not be doing the farming themselves, they will be consuming the product - organic produce. Imagine all those abandoned houses turning over to farm fields. It seems that the suburbs are quickly...