ReBurbia After a dizzying week of heated debate and lively discussion, Reburbia is very pleased to announce the winners of our month-long competition to redesign the suburbs! The competition called for design solutions that would address the problems that plague present-day suburbia by envisioning different scenarios for the future. Proposals tackled McMansions, big box stores, strip malls, parking lots and more with design fixes ranging from community agriculture and algae-based biofuels to transplanted tract developments and zeppelin-based transit. The competition drew 400 entries from more than a dozen countries, and while it was quite a challenge to narrow them down to twenty finalists , culling that list into just 4 winning entries proved almost impossible. In the end, there could only be one grand prize winner – read on to see the triumphant design!
MAP MAP 001 ANTARCTICA, with an introduction by PETER COOK OUT THEREArchitecture – out there !Right out there !I mean really out there in the territory of the virtually unknown."In such a moment as this, we can hardly leave our heads buried either in the sand or in our own armpits much longer.
Food and the Shape of Cities Edible Geography Dwell : This weekend you kick off The Foodprint Project with Foodprint NYC. How did the project take shape and how will it evolve, both this weekend and in the future? I have always been interested in helping to change the way people understand or see something. For me, food is an incredibly powerful tool for connecting seemingly disparate issues.
Flooded London 2030 [Image: From "Floating City 2030: Thames Estuary Aquatic Urbanism" by Anthony Lau]. Continuing with a look at some noteworthy student projects—which kicked off this week with thesis work by Taylor Medlin—we now look at a proposal by Anthony Lau, submitted back in 2008 at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. For that project, Lau designed a "floating city" for the Thames Estuary, ca. 2030 A.D.
[Image: The Ontario Food Terminal; image via Pruned]. Foodprint Toronto is coming up fast—the afternoon of Saturday, July 31—and it will be well worth attending. Pruned has just posted an interview with the event's curators, Nicola Twilley and Sarah Rich, who explain the origins and purpose of the Foodprint series. Foodprint Toronto
Main : Tom Noonan
[Image: "The Dormant Workshop" by Tom Noonan, courtesy of the architect]. While studying at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, recent graduate Tom Noonan produced a series of variably-sized hand-drawings to illustrate a fictional reforestation of the Thames estuary. [Image: "Log Harvest 2041" by Tom Noonan, courtesy of the architect]. Stewarding, but also openly capitalizing on, this return of woodsy nature is the John Evelyn Institute of Arboreal Science, an imaginary trade organization (of which we will read more, below). [Image: "Reforestation of the Thames Estuary" by Tom Noonan, courtesy of the architect]. The urban scenario thus outlined—imagining a "future timber and plantation industry" stretching "throughout London, and beyond"—is like something out of Roger Deakin's extraordinary book Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees (previously described here) or even After London by Richard Jeffreys. The Reforestation of the Thames Estuary
Tempelhof Ministry of Food 2010 ____________________________________________________________ The proposal in Berlin is the culmination of the continuous theme of Food and the community, starting from the Miracle of feeding the 5000, a mythical settlement, the Berlin Airlift, and finally the Ministry of Food. Tempelhof Ministry of Food is a bread and fish production community situated on the old airfield of Tempelhof Airport. Tempelhof Ministry of Food : LIK SAN CHAN
Madeira Odorless Fish Market and the Tempelhof Ministry of Food With just a few more hours left in GOOD's weeklong festival of food-writing, I thought I'd throw one more post out there: two projects by Lik San Chan. [Image: From the Madeira Odorless Fish Market by Lik San Chan]. The first is the Madeira Odorless Fish Market, from 2006. Camara de Lobos, Madeira, Chan explains, "is a fishing village located 10km west of the capital, Funchal. The fishing community is quickly dwindling into poverty as Funchal provides its own facilities for fish vending businesses.
Food and the Shape of Cities
Flooded London 2030
Main : Tom Noonan
The Reforestation of the Thames Estuary
Tempelhof Ministry of Food : LIK SAN CHAN
Madeira Odorless Fish Market and the Tempelhof Ministry of Food
[Image: From the forthcoming Pamphlet Architecture #32 by Stasus]. The forthcoming Pamphlet Architecture #32, on the theme of "resilience," will be authored by Matt Ozga-Lawn and James A. Craig of Stasus, a young design firm based in Edinburgh and London. [Images: From the forthcoming Pamphlet Architecture #32 by Stasus]. Architectural Potential Energy