Archinect - News 2014-10-31T00:57:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/72031722/a-motor-city-missionary A Motor City Missionary Nam Henderson 2013-04-26T17:38:00-04:00 >2013-04-26T17:39:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/rabpzycr8jrgn4hm.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to academics like Brent D. Ryan, author of &ldquo;Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities," it is one of the most ambitious privately financed urban reclamation projects in American history.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Earlier this month David Segal traveled to Detroit to look into the efforts/urban boosterim of Dan Gilbert, chairman of Quicken Loans. Using his real estate company, Bedrock Real Estate Services, Mr. Segal is renovating properties, building apartments and wooing corporate tenants. The goal is to remake Detroit (or at least some of it's downtown) into a high-tech hub, full of the 'creative class', high culture and young entrepreneurs. Mr. Segal also explored the context and cause for the current crisis and interviewed some locals who worry about the creation of "two Detroits".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58564726/strategic-urbanism-does-seem-to-me-a-useful-frame Strategic urbanism does seem to me a useful frameā€¦ Nam Henderson 2012-10-03T19:04:00-04:00 >2013-02-16T20:14:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vcdmjqiya9dsygof.jpg" width="225" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The problem is, that I think the rise of tactical urbanism actually reflects the paralysis of city-wide and systems-focused efforts...Tactical urbanism is cool; but the enthusiasm with which we&rsquo;ve all embraced it is a tell for what we don&rsquo;t talk about, which is fundamentally broken city governance.</p></em><br /><br /><p> With the recent focus <a href="http://www.ifud.org/venice/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on all things tactical, urban and interventionist</a>, Alex Steffen has been thinking about what it all means. Prompted (<a href="http://speedbird.wordpress.com/2012/09/24/notes-on-triumph-of-the-city-part-ii/#comment-20726" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">at least in part by&nbsp;Adam Greenfield&rsquo;s extremely interesting notes on Ed Glaser&rsquo;s Triumph of the City</a>) he has begun to wonder how one could go beyond an incremental, task focused approach to urbanism. Because what is really needed is a long-term strategy for addressing "<strong>fundamentally broken city governance</strong>" not just some useful tactics for dealing with the lack of results.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49158273/creating-the-post-hipster-city Creating the Post-Hipster City Nam Henderson 2012-05-22T22:23:00-04:00 >2012-06-04T11:49:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/022hk5yrckv283gn.jpg" width="500" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>we want to experiment in making better public spaces. Cities are built in a very formal and classist fashion, which is at odds with the good that rapid production and public participation can do for urban development.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Tidda Tippapart recently talked to&nbsp;Aurash Khawarzad (&nbsp;founder of <a href="http://changeadministration.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Change Administration</a> + co-founder of the Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary collective <a href="http://dotankbrooklyn.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DoTank</a>) about the&nbsp;challenge&nbsp;of creating the post-Hipster city, gentrification, and what it means to (re)build New York City from the ground up.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/42898922/the-interventionist-s-toolkit-project-map-occupy The Interventionist's Toolkit: Project, Map, Occupy Places Journal 2012-03-27T13:53:00-04:00 >2012-03-28T11:57:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fl/fl01dcq8v4pkoorz.jpg" width="514" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With Nuit Blanche New York absorbed &mdash; even if temporarily &mdash; into the rebranding of the Lower East Side, it's instructive to recall an earlier era and another light projection. I'm thinking of the November 1984 projection by artist Krzysztof Wodiczko of Ronald Reagan&rsquo;s hand onto the elevation of the AT&amp;T Long Lines Building just before the election that made Reagan a two-term president. This past November Wodiczko's act of spectacle and protest would inspire Occupy Wall Street's "Bat Signal."</p></em><br /><br /><p> In the latest installment of her ongoing series on <em>Places</em>, Mimi Zeiger surveys some of the events and exhibitions organized in New York City last year and inspired by Occupy Wall Street. Along the way she analyzes the unfolding dynamic between the grassroots tactics of activist artists and designers and the institutional strategies of the city's cultural leaders.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/18490772/editor-s-picks-226 Editor's Picks #226 Nam Henderson 2011-08-28T18:46:16-04:00 >2011-08-29T13:14:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a5uqikrmetmpp9l.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Leagues and Legions (aka LGNLGN, a think tank at the intersection of architecture and publishing) and the Institute for Urban Design (IfUD) are asking critics, practitioners, academics, community organizers, and the general public to weigh in on one of four questions dealing with issues of tactical urbanism. Each question will tackle a particular theme: the public, professional practice, evaluation, and failure. The City Sessions questions will posted online in the weeks leading up to Urban Design Week and culminate in a live discussion of the crowdsourced responses on September 18 at Parsons School of Design from 5-7 p.m.</p> <p> Archinector's <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1880444/quilian-riano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a>&nbsp;is curating question #3 on tactics and the design professions and will be guiding that conversation over the next few weeks.</p> <p> For your information tactical urbanism:&nbsp;"<strong>uses the city as a site of experimentation, deploying pop-up parks, vacant retail reuse, or unsanctioned street furniture as way to reprogram the urban realm. The pra...</strong></p>