Archinect - News 2014-08-02T00:47:30-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/94575888/city-ways-of-making-ways-of-using City: Ways of Making, Ways of Using Places Journal 2014-02-28T18:53:00-05:00 >2014-02-28T18:54:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pv/pv3yapfqg4zokcl1.jpg" width="514" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the projects shown here, architects and artists reflect on the problems and possibilities of economic and urban growth. How is rapid urbanization happening? Who is benefiting, and who is being displaced or excluded? What can architects and citizens do to exert leverage on processes at once local and global?</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Places, Jonathan Massey reviews the 10th Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial, and presents a slideshow of selected works.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93802411/pluralizing-or-provincializing-urban-political-ecology-in-a-world-of-cities Pluralizing or Provincializing Urban Political Ecology? [In a World of Cities] Nam Henderson 2014-02-18T13:02:00-05:00 >2014-02-18T13:02:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5x/5x7f5tcy7k6bmi4g.jpg" width="463" height="551" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indeed, at heart of our SUPE Platform lies a sincere wish to contribute to a broad conversation on urban political ecology that takes a broader experience of urbanization into account...We wish to participate in building a collaborative and supportive community open for conversation to all those interested in understanding the politics of urban ecologies and environments in a world of cities</p></em><br /><br /><p>Henrik Ernstson reflects on the difference between &ldquo;pluralizing&rdquo; and &ldquo;provincializing&rdquo; urban political ecology.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89307302/china-tries-to-promote-human-centered-urbanization-with-a-policy-ode-to-nature China tries to promote “human-centered” urbanization with a policy ode to nature Archinect 2013-12-20T18:13:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:35:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adcfdeb2cacedfb0f804f1dbafc6f5d0.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What hides behind the literary aspect of this report are deep reflections on the lessons, errors, approaches and paths of China&rsquo;s previous urbanizations efforts,&rdquo; concluded an editorial in the newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily. The state-controlled People&rsquo;s Daily gushed: &ldquo;If we want high rises, we even more need the fresh mountain waters. Only by seeing the past can we grasp the future.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79381636/ucla-s-patricia-greenfield-tracks-urban-psychology-with-words UCLA's Patricia Greenfield Tracks Urban Psychology With Words Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-13T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T21:10:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mnjw9qep5dkzoz1x.jpg" width="514" height="206" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a society slowly urbanizes over time, its psychology and culture change, too... If American culture and psychology grew more individualistic as the country urbanized, wouldn't that transformation be clear in the words from American books (and the concepts that lie behind them)?</p></em><br /><br /><p> Urban and rural environments impact personal psychology differently, according to research published by UCLA psychologist Patricia Greenfield in&nbsp;<a href="http://pss.sagepub.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Psychological Science</a>. While observational evidence may draw a clear line between current city- and country-mindsets, Greenfield's source material draws on data from over 200 years of publishing in the United States. Using <a href="http://books.google.com/ngrams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Books Ngram Viewer</a>, Greenfield tracked English words that refer to certain trends or larger ideas, such as "obliged" vs. "choose", to see if urbanization accompanies a more individualistic mentality. It's given that a word's frequency of use will change over time, but seeing how that frequency correlates with urbanization is an exciting metric for the collective urban unconscious.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73777774/china-builds-museums-but-filling-them-is-another-story China Builds Museums, But Filling Them Is Another Story Archinect 2013-05-23T17:12:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T15:30:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4qdzolufy3anyyt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jeffrey Johnson, an architect who runs the &#65279;&#65279;China Megacities Lab at Columbia, is among a number of scholars who study China's rapid urbanization. He says local governments are building museums to create a cultural life and competitive identity for their cities. But China lost a lot of art because of its civil war in the 1940s, as well as the Cultural Revolution, looting and overseas sales. Johnson says many museums are going up faster than curators can fill them with works and audiences.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/61043208/architecture-is-about-solving-living-problems Architecture is 'about solving living problems' Archinect 2012-11-09T12:44:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:20:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aad63dee4d66333f24f0c5852361f444.jpg" width="450" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The cities are often designed based on an architects' ideal understanding of what a modern or a sustainable city should be like, but it is the people living in it that eventually make it modern or sustainable," he says. "How these former farmers adapt to living in a modern city environment is what we still need to wait and find out."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/54048892/thinking-of-the-city-as-a-system Thinking of the city as a system Nam Henderson 2012-07-23T18:16:00-04:00 >2012-07-23T18:44:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vz/vz6x72ul9qq58roy.jpg" width="514" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the city-as-a-system approach described earlier can be applied as a methodology to identify how complex problems that may appear unrelated...interact with each other in the context of a given city or threat network. Taking this approach may allow planners to identify emergent patterns within the complex adaptive system of a relevant city, make sense of the system logic, and thus begin to design tailored interventions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> David J. Kilcullen (former Senior Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq in 2007 and author of the bestselling books The Accidental Guerrilla and Counterinsurgency) analyzes three megatrends; urbanization, littoralization and connectedness as well as their implications for future conflict.</p>