I recently came across the brief synopsis of a book titled Distributed Urbanism. The synopsis briefly discussed the author’s interest in how cities and technology are changing and how architects are responding. This quickly brought to mind many experiences while in school involving the use of Google Earth as a research and design tool. The tool certainly has its value and place, but I also feel that it is easily abused, or valued too highly. I’ll try to explain my thoughts below.
Posted in Architecture, Built Environment, Technology, urbanism
Tagged Architecture, Built Environment, cities, Copenhagen, Design, experiences, google, pedestrians, Public space, Urban area, urban fabric, urbanism, walkability
On a recent trip to New York City, I finally made it to see a long time fascination of mine: Coney Island. My interest in Coney Island stems Rem Koolhaas’s analysis of the island in Delirious New York. In his essay, Coney Island: Technology of the Fantastic, he outlines the role Coney Island played in generating the 24-hour metropolis and consumer culture that transformed New York City at the turn of the 20th Century.
Posted in Architecture, Built Environment, Literature, urbanism
Tagged Architecture, artificiality, bizarre landscape, city of lights, coney island, consumer culture, delirious new york, natural landscape, New York City, Reality, rem koolhaas, synthetic reality, urbanism
I recently read an interesting article from Greater Greater Washington about the issue of Monumentalism. The author points out the conflict that arises between the life of the city and the value placed upon the monumental views of the mall, avenues and important buildings. The author, David Alpert, best describes it writing, “Monumentalism’ puts postcard D.C. above human D.C.”
Posted in Anthropology, Architecture, Built Environment, New Media, urbanism
Tagged Architecture, awe, Built Environment, capitol, collective memory, experiences, Human behavior, monumentalism, Reality, Space, technological development, urbanism
Artist Hasan Elahi developed a surveillance and security project he calls “Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project.” Inspired after the Department of Homeland Security erroneously detained him, the project compiles GPS data, photographs, purchase records and maps to present an up-to-the minute account of his whereabouts.
Posted in Built Environment, New Media, Surveillance
Tagged Built Environment, Data, Hasan Elahi, Manu Lucksh, New Media, new media art, orwell, Security, spatial mapping, Surveillance, surveillance technologies, tracking transience
This interesting article published by the BBC outlines two men and the books they have written arguing that storytelling influences voters far more than facts or logic. I think that these are quite poignant observations given our evolutionary bias to storytelling as well as the increasing absurdity of American politics. The authors propose that voters may even vote against their own interests because they have such strong attachments to stories surrounding the issues, regardless of logic or facts that may counter the storylines.
Cover via Amazon
Posted in Anthropology, Architecture, Built Environment, Storytelling, urbanism
Tagged american politics, Anthropology, authenticity, Built Environment, emotion, logic, politicians, Politics, Storytelling, urbanism