Archinect - News 2016-05-29T17:11:32-04:00 Losing yourself in the smart city Nicholas Korody 2015-12-03T18:35:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:53:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to Big Data, it is now next to impossible to reside anonymously in a modern city. Why? Because data anonymization itself is almost impossible without using advanced cryptography. Our every transaction leaves a digital marker that can be mined by anyone with the right tools or enough determination.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple and Google are poised to shake up the auto industry Nicholas Korody 2015-09-17T14:14:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T21:33:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year, &ldquo;connectivity&rdquo; has supplanted &ldquo;horsepower&rdquo; or &ldquo;torque&rdquo; as the prevailing buzzword in Frankfurt. The talk is of self-driving cars, battery-powered cars, and information technology designed to link cars with data networks to make driving safer and more efficient. Even though neither Apple nor Google is close to mass-producing a vehicle, nervousness about their intentions &mdash; which remain cloaked in mystery &mdash; is understandable.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:47:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, the Indian cabinet green-lit a &pound;10 billion scheme that will be divided equally between building 100 smart cities, and rejuvenating another 500 cities and towns over the next five years. Yet many experts and planners fear that such &ldquo;insta-cities&rdquo;, if they are made, will prove dystopic and inequitable. Some even hint that smart cities may turn into social apartheid cities, governed by powerful corporate entities that could override local laws and governments to &ldquo;keep out&rdquo; the poor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas on the Smart Landscape and Intelligent Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-04-01T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-09T18:38:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture has entered into a new engagement with digital culture and capital&mdash;which amounts to the most radical change within the discipline since the confluence of modernism and industrial production in the early twentieth century. Yet this shift has gone largely unnoticed, because it has not taken the form of a visible upheaval or wholesale transformation. To the contrary: It is a stealthy infiltration of architecture via its constituent elements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this brief but sweeping consideration of the place of architecture under today's "digital regime," Koolhaas displays (again) his unique insightfulness.</p><p>Here are some highlights:</p><ul><li>"For thousands of years, the elements of architecture were deaf and mute&mdash;they could be trusted. Now, many of them are listening, thinking, and talking back, collecting information and performing accordingly."</li><li>"The tech world&rsquo;s gradual colonization of architecture is taking place without the collaboration of its host. As technology triumphs, architecture is simply left behind."</li><li>"With safety and security as selling points, the city is becoming vastly less adventurous and more predictable. To save the city, it may have to be destroyed. . . ."</li><li>"In the service of the ubiquitous digital regime, a hyper-Cartesian order is being imposed on the countryside, paradoxically leaving the city to take on the poetic and arbitrary appearance once reserved for the pastoral."</li><li>"If the digital is about to deliver us to a sensor cul...</li></ul> Manifesto for the Clever City Nam Henderson 2015-03-24T18:20:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T23:44:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To establish a use case it is essential to understand the &lsquo;users&rsquo;; the human beings who a service is supposed to help. This means really getting to know those people. The service should be built around their needs, not those of the city government or technology provider.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Written (at the suggestion of Bruce Sterling) at South By South West 2015. It is based on reflections on building several connected city services.&nbsp;</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy' – The Guardian on smart cities Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T13:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T19:26:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: &lsquo;the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people&rsquo;. So why did that happen &ndash; and what&rsquo;s coming in its place?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Smart cities' vs. true intelligence Nam Henderson 2014-12-26T15:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-26T15:53:46-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The true enablers of participation turn out to be nothing more exciting than cheap commodity devices, reliable access to sufficiently high- bandwidth connectivity, and generic cloud services.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Adam Greenfield argues that&nbsp;instead of committing to futuristic visions of 'smart cities', governments should seek to replicate the efforts of groups like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Occupy Sandy</a>&nbsp;or the architectural collective who improved El Campo de Cebada, which relied on&nbsp;unglamorous, mature technologies.</p> Editor's Picks #395 Nam Henderson 2014-11-28T13:12:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T11:56:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviews, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the built work and paper architecture of </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jimenez Lai</a>.&nbsp;To wit "<em>regardless of the medium...Understanding the role of storytelling within design is fundamental to all of Lai's work</em>".</p><p><strong>&nbsp;jla-x </strong>commented "<em>The most interesting drawing that he did was a series of plans of a space ship city...really cool how he treated all surfaces as plan (the drawing was in zero gravity...)...A guy like him would be really great at film...I would love to see his drawings animated into short films</em>". <strong>tanya</strong> enjoyed reading the article and summed up why "<em>Understanding space from a different viewpoint , experiencing a variety of emotions while inhabiting a space , having the luxury to change the vibe of a specifically designed space, a sense of play within architecture, playing around with the art/part of architecture !</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Keskeys</a>,&nbsp;penned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A First-Hand View of Gentrification in San Francisco</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Arch2133</strong> wasn&rsquo;t happy "<em>I really don't understand neutral positions like this and it leaves a bad t...</em></p> Smart Cities - called "smart" but condemned to being stupid Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:32:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in September Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. During the talk he asked what really makes a city "<em>smart</em>", and argued that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> Smart City-States... Nam Henderson 2014-08-09T23:24:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When somebody comes to make your city smart, he never comes by himself...billions in growth doesn't come without standards and industry alliances. I have never seen so many standards and industry alliances as I am seeing in 'Smart Cities' and 'Internet of Things', and foundations too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bruce Sterling recently spoke at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAB10Barcelona</a>.</p><p>Also check out his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flickr set</a></p> India's prime minister promising to make old cities "smart" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-24T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:25:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Old Indian cities like Varanasi, Amritsar, Kolkata and even Delhi, could be in for a facelift over the next few years with the Narendra Modi government planning to develop modern satellite towns around these cities under the 100 Smart City programme, while upgrading the decaying infrastructure of the old towns. [...] All new cities will have integrated transport &mdash; modern bus systems, trams, metro rail and bicycle tracks &mdash; aided by satellite mapping, garbage disposal and solid waste management.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Before becoming India's prime minister and promising to make cities smart, Narendra Modi's campaign was focused on a slightly less lofty goal: "toilets before temples":<br><br>The BJP leader is quite right to declare that India&nbsp;should spend less money on devotion and more on sanitation. According to 2011 census data, nearly half of households have no access to a toilet, forcing inhabitants to defecate in the open. More Indians own a mobile phone than a lavatory of their own. Poor hygiene, not lack of food, is the main reason that 40 per cent of children are malnourished. Much of Mr Modi&rsquo;s appeal, which has swept through India like a brush fire, lies in his promise to conjure the growth that will eradicate such dire conditions and set his supporters on the road to a middle-class life.</p><p>-&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>David Pilling for the Financial Times</em></a></p> Urban Interfaces Places Journal 2014-05-09T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:08:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most discourse on &ldquo;smart&rdquo; and &ldquo;sentient&rdquo; cities, if it addresses people at all, focuses on them as sources of data feeding the algorithms. Rarely do we consider the point of engagement &mdash; how people interface with, and experience, the city&rsquo;s operating system.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As we enter the era of so-called &ldquo;smart&rdquo; cities, Shannon Mattern argues on Places, we need to consider how citizens interface with the city&rsquo;s operating system. What does a &ldquo;right to the city&rdquo; mean for our future cities? &ldquo;Can we envision interfaces that honor the multidimensionality and collectivity of the city, the many kinds of intelligence it encompasses, and the diverse ways in which people can enact their agency as urban subjects?&rdquo; And can we think beyond the screen?</p> Editor's Picks #366 Nam Henderson 2014-05-07T11:27:00-04:00 >2014-05-07T21:16:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of <strong>Showcase</strong>&nbsp;features the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall House on Big Sur&rsquo;s south coast, designed by Fougeron Architecture</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>SeriousQuestion</strong> felt it was a "<em>Spectacular project-- there's obviously a lot more glass here, but there are nice nods at Lautner and Sea Ranch. &nbsp;Makes me miss California. &nbsp;I do wonder how much it costs to insure this place, though</em>". &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>FastCoExist called readers attention to the news that NYC's Hudson Yards is being developed as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World&rsquo;s largest "quantified community"</a>. In response <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Griffin</a>&nbsp;suggested Archinectors should read Adam Greenfield pamphlet, "<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Against the smart city</a></em>"&nbsp;the first installment of his forthcoming book The City is Here for You to Use.</p><p>Coincidentally, I&nbsp;just ordered and received my edition about a week ago..</p><p>Similarly, Adie Tomer and Rob Puentes wrote an editorial for Wired regarding the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Right Way to Build the Futuristic Cities of Our Dreams</a>. Some readers complained about the buzzwordiness and corporate agendas behind the term, however <strong>curtkram</strong> repli...</p> World's largest "quantified community" being developed in NYC's Hudson Yards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-28T14:17:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:13:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When all stages are completed, the 65,000 people daily who pass through the Hudson Yards&rsquo; office towers, residences, shops, restaurants, hotel, public school, and public open space will contribute to a massive stream of data intended to help answer the big questions about how cities of the future should be managed. [...] &ldquo;It really started from the question: If we could know anything about the city, what would we want to know and how could we do a better job at measuring the pace of life?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Here’s the Right Way to Build the Futuristic Cities of Our Dreams Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T23:34:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our technology-first approach has failed the city of the future. So-called &ldquo;smart cities,&rdquo; powered by technology, carry the promise of responding to the great pressures of our time, such as urban population growth, climate instability, and fiscal uncertainty. But by focusing on the cutting-edge technologies themselves and relying on private companies to move forward, we have lost sight of what we even want our cities to achieve with all that tech.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Smart Cities – Infrastructure; How intelligent urban surroundings help us to save money and energy Archinect 2013-12-10T12:00:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T19:13:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="222" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of our quest to find out what makes cities smart, we throw a spotlight on infrastructure: How can information technology and urban planning help to make us more flexible and mobile? At the same time, mobility is just one aspect of a wide spectrum of complex networks that govern life in an urban context. In view of limited resources and changing climate, another factor seems even more pressing: energy consumption and conservation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Methodolatry and the Art of Measure Places Journal 2013-11-06T17:41:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:14:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The default recourse to data-fication, the presumption that all meaningful flows and activity can be sensed and measured, is taking us toward a future in which the people shaping our cities and their policies rarely have the opportunity to consider the nature of our stickiest urban problems and the kind of questions they raise.</p></em><br /><br /><p> What do corporate smart-city programs have in common with D.I.Y. science projects and civic hackathons? &ldquo;Theirs is a city with an underlying logic,&rdquo; writes Shannon Mattern, &ldquo;made more efficient &mdash; or just, or sustainable, or livable &mdash; with a tweak to its algorithms or an expansion of its dataset.&rdquo;</p> <p> On Places, Mattern argues that the new wave of urban data science (and solutionism) is trending toward an obsession with data-for-data&rsquo;s-sake and an idolization of landscape research methods.</p> Smart Cities: Buggy and Brittle Places Journal 2013-10-07T20:26:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:24:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My bewilderment quickly yields to a growing sense of dread. How is it that even in the heart of Silicon Valley it&rsquo;s completely acceptable for smart technology to be buggy, erratic, or totally dysfunctional? ... We are weaving these technologies into our homes, our communities, even our very bodies &mdash; but even experts have become disturbingly complacent about their shortcomings. The rest of us rarely question them at all.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Electric car sharing in Paris, dynamic road pricing in Singapore, nationwide smart meters in the UK.&nbsp;&ldquo;The technology industry is asking us to rebuild the world around its vision of efficient, safe, convenient living,&rdquo; writes Anthony M. Townsend in an excerpt on Places from his new book, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Smart Cities</em></a>. But wireless sensor networks and integrated communications systems are vulnerable to power failure and hacking, not to mention software errors. What if the smart cities of the future are chock full of bugs?</p> It's 2023 in London Nam Henderson 2013-09-23T01:35:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T01:35:39-04:00 <img src="" width="450" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project identified nine key trends; More globally than city wide connected communities, Neighbourhoods become more important, Collaborative production as well as consumption, Active aging population, Flexible working, Fragile energy supply and environment, Inequality causing skills and housing divides, Increasing collection and use of personal data and Socially divisive access to communication technologies</p></em><br /><br /><p> Future Londoners is a series of imaginary characters, created by Arup, Social Life, Re.Work, Commonplace, Tim Maughan and Nesta, to explore the possibilities of urban life in the future.</p> <p> h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling/Beyond the Beyond</a></p> First, smart cars. Next, smart transport grids Alexander Walter 2013-09-05T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-10T15:34:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Given current growth trends, the world's population is expected to reach 9 billion people by midcentury. That also means a quadrupling in the number of cars to 4 billion by 2050 -- and that, said Ford, is a recipe for global gridlock that he argues will become "a human rights issue, not just an inconvenience." For Ford [...] the only answer is to create a future where pedestrians, bicycles, and cars become part of a connected network.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tomorrow's cities: Do you want to live in a smart city? Archinect 2013-08-19T15:02:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T11:53:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How do you fancy living in a city with which you can interact? A city that acts more like a living organism, a city that can respond to your needs. [...] But how do we get to this smarter future. Who will be monitoring and controlling the sensors that will increasingly be on every building, lamp-post and pipe in the city? And is it a future we even want?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Who's Your Data? Urban Design in the New Soft City Places Journal 2013-06-25T14:55:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:59:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smart city infrastructure can augment the ability of managers, planners, designers and engineers to define and implement a fundamentally better next generation of buildings, cities, regions &mdash; right? Maybe. For that to be a serious proposition, it&rsquo;s going to have to be normal for planners and designers not only to collaborate productively with engineers, but to do so with the full and competent participation of the only people they mistrust more than each other ... customers.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "A city is not a BMW," writes Carl Skelton. "You can't drive it without knowing how it works." In a weighty think-piece on Places, he argues that the public needs new tools of citizenship to thrive in a "new soft world" increasingly shaped by smart meters, surveillance cameras, urban informatics and big data. "To be a citizen of a digital city requires understanding what the databases do and don&rsquo;t contain, and what they could contain, and how the software used to process that data and drive design decisions does, doesn&rsquo;t, and might yet perform."</p> A quick look at some of the most talked-about "smart-city" projects Nam Henderson 2013-02-21T11:33:00-05:00 >2013-02-21T11:33:55-05:00 <img src="" width="304" height="171" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Technology being used in urban communities around the world hints at how we may live in the cities of the future</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jane Wakefield reviews recent efforts by large technology firms such as IBM and Cisco, as well as more grass root projects, to harness the power of&nbsp;technology&nbsp;to build the "<em>cities of the future now</em>". The list of projects includes&nbsp;Songdo in South Korea, Masdar in&nbsp;Abu Dhabi,&nbsp;Rio de Janeiro new&nbsp;city-wide operation centre,&nbsp;</p> Editor's Picks #303 Nam Henderson 2013-02-19T12:33:00-05:00 >2013-02-25T21:40:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the <strong>ShowCase</strong> feature, Archinect profiled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">253 Pacific Street</a>, a project designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">James Cleary Architecture</a>. It is a newly constructed building in Brooklyn, New York containing three duplex residences.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planetizen covered Arup&rsquo;s proposal for a "smart" building that will plug into "smart" urban infrastructure and cater to an increasingly dense and technology-savvy urban population</a>. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a> thought the proposal featured "<em>Fantastic graphics</em>" yet <strong>toasteroven</strong> continued his criticism from last week "<em>I'm a little perplexed by this proposal - one the one hand it assembles all the ideas into one building (which should be larger city-wide infrastructure, not in a single building), but it's a little too &lsquo;plug-in city&rsquo; for me - as in verging on completely unrealistic and incredibly naive about how the city really functions</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Apparently <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Griffin</a> agreed, referring to the title of the news posting he wrote "<em>radical? maybe helpful to post in a...</em></p> Editor's Picks #302 Nam Henderson 2013-02-13T14:44:00-05:00 >2013-02-25T21:41:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Three Grand Prize winners and thirteen Special Mentions were released for d3's Unbuilt Visions 2012 competition. The program promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. The Grand Prize: went to The Emperor's Castle, designed by Thomas Hillier, UK. In response homme_du_jura applauded "I'm very glad to see Thomas Hillier's work recognized...A beautiful piece!"</p></em><br /><br /><p> For the latest <strong>Student Works:</strong> feature, Archinect published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Horizons Iceland Expedition</a>, which was a compendium of results from a trip The Bartlett School of Architecture Unit 3, wherein "<em>Twelve 2nd and 3rd year students designed, built and tested a series of shelter/surveying devices (they were told to make &ldquo;sure it fits in the check-in luggage) to research and charted varied aspects of Iceland</em>&rdquo;.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Three Grand Prize winners and thirteen Special Mentions were released for d3's Unbuilt Visions 2012 competition. The program promotes critical debate about architecture and design by acknowledging excellence in unbuilt projects. </a>The Grand Prize: went to The Emperor's Castle, designed by Thomas Hillier, UK. In response <strong>homme_du_jura</strong> applauded "<em>I'm very glad to see Thomas Hillier's work recognized.&nbsp; He submitted this piece for another competition a few years ago and was duly recognized, even as it went a bit beyond the competition's established criteria. A beautiful p...</em></p> Editor's Picks #301 Nam Henderson 2013-02-05T10:09:00-05:00 >2013-02-07T15:03:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect released <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the final and third par</a>t of a multi-part interview <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> conducted with George Brugmans, Executive Director of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). The topics included: S&atilde;o Paulo, Rotterdam and Beyond. At one point Mr. Brugmans summed up "<em>when the requirement is to find the right balance between people, planet and profit, transformational and infrastructural ambitions are to all intents and purposes to be seen as part of the same &lsquo;making city&rsquo; package. It worked like that on both Test Sites, in Istanbul and in S&atilde;o Paulo. It is important to note here that this provides a unique opportunity</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> I was also interested to note the final section wherein Mr. Brugmans discussed the recent post-austerity political/budgetary challenges facing the Netherlands in general and the IABR specifically. Along those lines <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in a comment after the first part of the nterview was released</a>, I referenced <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an op-ed by S&eacute;rgio Miguel Figueiredo published last m...</a></p> A Dream Grows in Copenhagen Nam Henderson 2012-03-07T16:08:00-05:00 >2012-03-09T13:40:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jan Gehl, says the new suburb was old-fashioned from its inception. &ldquo;It was built on principles &mdash; specifically those of the modernist movement &mdash; that were popular in the middle part of the last century,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Orestad was built from the top-down, rather than from the bottom-up. Plus, there was an idea that if you got enough &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo; on board, then things would be fine.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Nick Foster analyzes the way Copenhagen has used the development of the master-planned districts of Orestad and Nordhavn to think big and differently about urban development and redevelopment in Denmark. What makes these locations noteworthy is the fact that they were planned from the&nbsp;beginning&nbsp;to include a mix of housing typologies and&nbsp;commercial&nbsp;uses, they offered an opportunity to build high-rise blocks not allowed elsewhere and they featured a blend of starchitecture along with work by local firms.</p> A Manifesto for Looseness Archinect 2011-12-13T13:37:20-05:00 >2011-12-30T16:41:26-05:00 <em><p>My thinking about complexity and the dangers it poses for us has been evolving fast lately and I am convinced that this is some of the most important work I've ever done. The message is simple, but the implications are profound. To say "hope you enjoy" would not accurately describe my feelings. Let's try "hope you are moved to action, dialogue, or further reflection" instead.</p></em><br /><br /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> </p> Harnessing Residents' Electronic Devices Will Yield Truly Smart Cities Archinect 2011-12-11T11:19:03-05:00 >2011-12-11T22:01:03-05:00 <img src="" width="277" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The best way to harness a city's potential for creativity and innovation is to jack people into the network and get out of the way</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>