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LA » UNPLANNED: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale opens March 25th 5pm. UNPLANNED: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale 25 March 2010 – 2 July 2010Opening Reception Thursday March 25, 2010 5PM – 8PM Pacific Design Center (PDC) Suite B208 | West Hollywood, CA | 90069 SUPERFRONT is proud to present UNPLANNED: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale, the second SUPERFRONT LA exhibit of 2010.

LA » UNPLANNED: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale opens March 25th 5pm

[Order the catalog in hardcover or softcover here. Preview the catalog introduction.] Just as the discipline of architecture faces a re-imagination of itself in this era of slow-motion global capitalism, the human population finds itself crossing the threshold to a predominantly urban existence. A group exhibit with more than twenty participants, UNPLANNED spans architecture, urban design, industrial design, conceptual art, and cartography to present an array of experimental work at the urban scale.

Work is exhibited in multiple formats, from physical models to drawings, animations, software applications, consumer products, and live film. Home trust aims to halve the cost of buying a Sydney home - buy the roof over your head, not the land under your feet. Waratah Land Trust: promotion video A scheme coming to Australia offers a way to cut the cost of buying a home. 25, 2010 Priced out of the market by the rollercoaster ride taken by land prices?

Home trust aims to halve the cost of buying a Sydney home - buy the roof over your head, not the land under your feet

A US scheme coming to Sydney offers a chance to cut the cost of buying a home by up to half. Sydney home buyers are to be offered the chance to purchase at least part of what they really want - they will be able to buy the roof over their heads but not the ground under their feet. Sydney home buyers are to be offered the chance to purchase at least part of what they really want - they will be able to buy the roof over their heads but not the ground under their feet. That, as the American experience has shown (see graph above), can halve the price of a home. A graph from a trust report showing the difference in median prices sales of homes in Vermont by market price and trust price from 1988 - 2008. Advertisement. Streaming Video - Boom Preview. Working B - humblebeworkshop. In preparation for each working B a number of jobs are drafted and as the volunteers arrive they are set to a task.

Working B - humblebeworkshop

Work can be anything from digging earth to prepare for a garden, demolishing existing objects on site, designing and building artistic touches to the house or garden, helping with major building work, interior joinery, painting and finishing or anything else that comes up for design discussion with the team at The Ranch. Ideas can be quite strict or quite loose, meaning that the people doing the job often have a significant input in the design of the end product if they want to be involved in the creative process.

Similarly, if all they are craving is a hard days work without having to think, that is definitely welcomed too! Feats accomplished in past B's for more images or information about The Ranch visit the build and grow pages of the humble be workshop site. Open Countries = Países Abertos. Who? « Nomadic Allotments. The Nomadic Allotments project is delivered in collaboration between Borough Market, The Welsh School of Architecture, Rachael Davidson and Dr.

Who? « Nomadic Allotments

Cristian Suau Qasim Ahmed, Student Hannah Barnsley, Student Hannah Frances Barnsley is in her first year at Cardiff university studying architecture. Hannah’s favourite aspect of the course to date is the challenge of making the buildings she has designed able to stand up! Keith Chan, Student Johnny Edwards, Student Theo Ellis, Student Originally from Brighton, Theo is now in his first year at the Welsh School of Architecture. Teodora Petrova , Student David Phillips, Student Yeko Smirnova, Student William Swithinbank, Student Alun Williams, Student Alun is a second year student at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff.

Edwin Yu, Student Yuliye Yudchenko, Student Peter Locker, Carpenter After 25 years working as a carpenter and joiner Peter Locker completed a fine Arts degree at the London Metropolitan University in 2003. Dr. Like this: Like Loading... Borough Market. The What Now? Collaborative. The Interventionist's Toolkit, Part 1. Essay: Mimi Zeiger Park(ing) Day, San Francisco.

The Interventionist's Toolkit, Part 1

[photo courtesy of SPUR] It’s been two and a half years since the financial crisis crippled the global economy. During the long slump that's followed, the architecture, design, and construction sectors have threatened to hit bottom over and over, but a real recovery, which would signal a final flattening out, never seems to materialize. While some firms show signs of stabilization — but only after massive job shedding in 2008 and 2009, and largely thanks to projects in China and the Middle East — most practitioners are just eking by. [1] In the spring of 2009, I interviewed AIA chief economist Kermit Baker for a piece in Architect magazine, on the likely prospects for young architects graduating into a recession. "Baker cites figures from the U.S. The sluggish return we’re now experiencing seems discouragingly consistent with Baker’s models. In which case, here's the question: what’s the operational mode of the bust?

The Rabbit Hole Ideation Cafe - HOME. London Festival of Architecture. ¿Por qué los arquitectos jóvenes de América Latina se aglutinan en colectivos? Lee aquí lo que tienen para contarnos… UrbanReality. CLARK THENHAUS Endemic Denver, USA Clark Thenhaus is founder of Endemic, a design and drawing studio.

UrbanReality

Clark graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Master of Architecture as the 3-year Fideli Fellow. Since founding Endemic Clark has lectured internationally and his work has been exhibited widely, including recently at WUHO Gallery in Hollywood, 1Point618 Gallery in Cleveland, AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibition in Washington, D.C. (collaboration with eightyeight-west), the University of Kentucky College of Design (courtesy Kyle Miller), and 1000-L Gallery in Melbourne, Australia. Clark has previously published work in 306090, VIA, KERB Journal, and Especial’Z-Ecole D’Architecture in Paris, France and has contributed to many other forthcoming books and journals.

MAARTEN BUIJS West 8 Rotterdam, NL Maarten Buijs joined West 8, urban design & landscape architecture b.v. in January 2007 and is employed in the role of Senior Manager. Mr. UrbanReality. #whOWNSpace.

New Media Applications for Urbanism

Sustainable Everyday Project. 6 Trending Urbanist Themes for 2012. The Urbanist calendar published on Monday was, admittedly, a visual provocation, setting a stage for thought about important urban issues for 2012. I see great merit in such urban exploration with a descriptive, rather than prescriptive approach.

But there is another provocation—from 2011 professional experiences and featured articles—that offer several themes that I expect will also endure. Here is a synthesis of themes to watch, and why, based on my own encounters, and those of clients and friends. As illustration, I offer citation to several of my articles as they reappeared in the trend-capturing Planetizen (after original appearance in one or more of myurbanist, The Atlantic, The Atlantic Cities, The Huffington Post, Grist, Sustainable Cities Collective and Crosscut) . The themes span six subject areas, below. More Roles for Social Media Evolving communication technology has forever changed how we analyze and discuss the city. Make No Little Plans Without Twitter Urbanism Without Effort. Pattern Cities » Archive » The Difference Between Tactical and DIY Urbanism. Image by Gordon Douglas, via Good Bravo to Good for their nice profile of DIY urbanism initiatives–From Portland to Los Angeles to New York (all pattern cities), they provide many exciting examples.

Pattern Cities » Archive » The Difference Between Tactical and DIY Urbanism

While there is some obvious crossover between the DIY efforts included in the GOOD piece and our Tactical Urbanism report–which was published on this website a few weeks ago–the recent spate of articles on the subject is now beginning to illuminate two important differences. One, DIY efforts are enacted from the bottom-up, not the top down. In other words, individuals or small groups of people work together to make an improvement or to communicate a message, typically at the scale of the urban block or building. Tactical Urbanism, however, allows both bottom-up and top-down initiatives to proliferate. Nonetheless, we obviously need both types of initiatives, and who is to say that DIY can’t lead to a more tactical effort, which in turn, can lead to a more permanent change? Human Cities: Events. For the second strand of the Human Cities project, called “Reclaiming Public Space”, the network has been enlarged to several cultural and associated partners such as Time Circus (BE), Prostoroz (SLO) and Esterni (IT) in order to reflect and focus on a broader range of creative interventions and appropriation initiatives of urban public space by its users.

Human Cities: Events

In Spring 2012, Brussels will host its second Human Cities festival where scientific and cultural actors will stress bottom-up initiatives set up by citizens, artists and associations that re-shape the forms and appropriation of public space. During several days, local and international cultural actors will develop initiatives in the public space from art interventions, design installations, urban walks and pedagogical or public art workshops. Projects · Renew Newcastle. The Emporium Renew Newcastle has turned the ground floor of the former David Jones building - the city's most iconic retail location - into a fine arcade of boutiques and galleries filled with Newcastle creative talent, just waiting to be explored.

Projects · Renew Newcastle

More » Creative Talks Renew Newcastle presents Creative Talks, a series of monthly breakfast lectures at The Lock-Up Cultural Centre presented by people who are making a living from their creativity. More » The Project Space The Renew Newcastle team have constructed a brand new space within The Emporium. More » Four Point Gallery A contemporary fine art gallery with an edge, exhibiting the work of local emerging visual artists.

More » Pocket Design Brett Piva is a graphic and web designer with a passion for a hand made aesthetic. More » Drift Bikes Media Marketing studio for Newcastle bike-shop, Drift Bikes. More » Paper Kitschen More » Blackbox Pictures Blackbox Pictures is a boutique film production studio by Peter McMurray, Josiah Nathan and Isaac Turier. Open Source urbanism? @ Exquisite Struggle. Via Baltimore Inner Space blog comes an interesting approach to participatory redevelopment.

Open Source urbanism? @ Exquisite Struggle

I have quoted Paul Davidoff's assesment of participatory planning in an earlier post: "Lively political dispute aided by plural plans could do much to improve the level of rationality in the process of preparing the public plan. " This level of lively discourse is often exceedingly difficult in developer driven projects where significant monies have already been invested. In many cases the illusive veil of a public participation process may be used to control and appease the opposition. The manipulation of statistics derived from resident surveys works to a similar end. These abuses continue to occur because the financial stakeholders of the new plan feel threatened by the efforts of resident and community members to challenge decisions. And Davidoff's work, it rarely transcended a reactionary methodology.

You can submit designs in a variety of formats, including straight Photoshop. Open Season @ Exquisite Struggle. Note:Throughout the brief history of this blog I strove to make the content as universal as possible. While I understand the gravitas that place-specific writing can imbue I had preferred to leave specific local issues to other bloggers. That time has ended. I feel I must comment on the rapidly changing situation in North Saint Louis.

While the situation is covered thoroughly at Ecology of Absence and Built St. Louis I will summarize the situation. A private developer working secretly through many shell companies has acquired 1,080 parcels throughout five neighborhoods over the past half decade. This week we have seen for the first time the "plan" for the redevelopment. Perhaps more interesting have been the backflips by the formerly critical sources who are now rushing to support the NorthSide plan in a vacuum of detail, leadership, and common sense. In the spirit of debate I will address my comments on the plan to the aforementioned blogger. The real question is whether St. 3D Challenge. We challenge you, the people of Baltimore, to redesign the Franklin Mulberry corridor. To help you get started, we have uploaded a few starter models to Google 3D Warehouse, as shown to the right.

These are just starting points, however. You can modify the models any way you like, or use them to do Photoshop overlays as shown on the intro page. You can submit designs in a variety of formats, including straight Photoshop. Humorous ideas are okay, but we prefer ideas that have some bearing on the real world. We believe that if enough people apply their brains to this challenge, the results will prove that Franklin Mulberry has too much potential to let slip away. If you're really ambitious, you can take a stab at the Ice House or Social Security districts at the opposite ends of the corridor by downloading Models 3 and 4. Whatever you do, send us images of your designs so we can post them to our Gallery section.

Blog features Baltimorphosis Contest Coming Soon! Configurator Test. Discovering civic engagement through guerilla urbanism @ Exquisite Struggle. The current recession was unforeseen by all but the most thoughtful and careful investors, but many effects of the recession are predictable. The average individual has drastically reduced spending in favor of savings as reflected in the downward spike of the Personal Consumption Expenditure metric and the converse increase in the Personal Savings rate to 4.2%; this rate marks an 11 year high. The primary physical manifestations of these trends include a turn away from luxury retailers to discount superstores, the emergence of the ridiculous "recessionista" trend, and a significant decrease in vacation plans. More interestingly, some cultural pastimes recently relegated to nostalgia are once again becoming popular. One blog lists 67 Cheap Date Ideas for the Recession-Era Romantic. The general flavor of the cultural swing can be drawn from the following suggestions: Consider what kind of reaction might have been expected to the activities on the above list as few as three years ago.

New ‘Tactical Urbanism’ guide for aspiring guerrilla urbanists. With a few trees, some sidewalk tables, and lots of community input, a Dallas street was transformed.Photo: Go Oak Cliff Do you have the power to make your city a better place? It might be easier than you think. The Next Generation of New Urbanists (yes, these are young New Urbanists, because New Urbanism has been around long enough that it’s getting a little … old) and the Street Plans Collaborative want to help. They’ve put together a “Tactical Urbanism” guide that you can download for use when you need some ideas about how to catalyze lasting change in your urban world. Examples include guerrilla gardening, pop-up cafés, mobile vendors, and “Build a Better Block” projects.

[T]actical urbanism interventions create a laboratory for experimentation. So — “chair bombing,” anyone? The Street Plans Collaborative - Better Streets, Better Places. New York Miami. Ikea_disobedients_by_andrés_jaque.jpg (JPEG Image, 1200×825 pixels) The People's Supermarket. Christiania.org - Forside. Berlin-Hànôi » Blog Archive » Freetown Christiania: status quo & future of the autonomous land in Denmark.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser. 15M and YES WE CAMP! Controversy as urbanism - Op-Ed. In Miami, Weed Whacking as Protest Art - Design. Human Cities: Festivals. Sustainable Everyday Project. DESIS Network. Street Makeovers Put New Spin on the Block - Miller-McCune. Adaptable Suburbs. Suburban scenarios « placeblog. Emergent Urbanism, or ‘bottom-up planning’ The Hope for Suburbia. « At the Helm of the Public Realm. Can Karaoke Transform Public Space? Five Things Governments Can Do to Encourage Civic Startups « Civic Innovations. Spontaneous Interventions (S.I.) The Protester - TIME's People Who Mattered in 2011.

Activismo 2.0 y empoderamiento ciudadano en red (II) Edible Brisbane: Public Fruit. Occupy as psychogeographic urbanism [draft 3] Fun urbanism: Group video game in a Madrid plaza. Announcing the 2012 TED Prize Winner – The City 2.0. Humblebeworkshop. Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network.  PARK(ing) Day 2011 is Friday, September 16th. DIY Urban Design, from Guerrilla Gardening to Yarn Bombing - Cities. Rebar Art & Design Studio. Community Self Build Agency.