Archinect - BEZOAR 2014-09-30T18:24:49-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/68465026/target-democratizes-the-design-of-doug-johnston Target "democratizes" the design of Doug Johnston Javier Arbona 2013-02-27T18:30:00-05:00 >2013-03-01T16:44:20-05:00 <p> Old school archinectors know about Doug Johnston's amazing <a href="http://shop.dougjohnston.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">work</a>. We all go way back to his days as a <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/21448872/cranbrook-academy-of-art-doug-johnston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">school blogger</a> around these parts.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cache1.bigcartel.com/product_images/49173333/torse1.jpg"></p> <p> For the last few years Doug (aka @hawktrainer) has been getting lots of eyeballs on his projects&mdash;a line of objects that exist somewhere between the edges of sculpture, craft, and function. It seems like Target also had its eyeballs on Doug's work (some of it created with a small team of artisans). Now you can get it for the great low price of... $6.99 (and for doug... zilch!) Oh well, what can I say... Maybe I should have bought Doug's work while I could still sort of afford it. Now he's a legend, thanks to Target! But now I can get the democratic version.<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rb/rbcc17jhne768b37.jpg" title=""></p> <ul><li> More <a href="http://hawktrainer.tumblr.com/post/44158995428/i-began-creating-baskets-bags-and-sculptural" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/blog/article/44200134/just-climbing-the-shard-whatever Just climbing the shard, whatever... Javier Arbona 2012-04-07T20:03:00-04:00 >2012-04-11T00:38:21-04:00 <p> "What did you do last night?"&nbsp;</p> <p> "Just, you know, <strong>CLIMB THE SHARD</strong>...Only the tallest building in the EU, under construction&mdash;without a permit!"</p> <p> - <strong><a href="http://www.placehacking.co.uk/2012/04/07/climbing-shard-glass/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLACE HACKING</a>&nbsp;</strong>(photos &amp; more story...)<strong>&nbsp;</strong>Via <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/Goblinmerchant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Goblinmerchant</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fs36g36x74xqm5m1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4k/4k3uuafu7ekjfoy2.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5s/5smmwdjqtufmf05g.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/46991000/jpg/_46991677_shard1.jpg"></p> <p> (this rendering <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8430034.stm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via</a> bbc.co.uk)</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/37054966/ecological-urbanism-for-the-21st-century Ecological Urbanism for the 21st Century Javier Arbona 2012-02-05T21:12:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T10:17:04-05:00 <p> A newly posted review essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education by Jon Christensen, Robert McDonald, and Carrie Denning is a must-read for every urbanist or designer interested in landscape, ecologies, and the intellectual armature of both New Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism. A pull quote to whet your appetite:&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>We've come a long way from the Roosevelt commission's concern with the "deficiencies" of country life, although the Obama administration recently created a White House Rural Council to "address challenges in rural America." To be sure, we still hear plenty of paeans to that "real America," though only one out of five Americans lives there now, as well as to "wild nature," though most ecologists have come to accept that virtually nothing about nature is untouched by humanity.</em></p> <p> <em>The dominant discourse these days, however, unabashedly celebrates the city as the future, in books with titles such as David Owen's Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Drivi...</em></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/37053762/refried-bruces Refried Bruces Javier Arbona 2012-02-05T20:51:56-05:00 >2012-02-06T03:06:13-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo9k2s4awq6sqys9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Regarding the "new drone culture war," Bruce Sterling <a href="http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2012/02/drone-culture-war-arrives/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">writes in his blog</a>, <strong>Beyond the Beyond</strong> (pay attention technophile three-D worshiping, military technoholics):&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>Being a drone fan, and imagining this emergent struggle has nothing to do with you&hellip; it&rsquo;s like being a fan of atom science and thinking Nagasaki was some kind of accident. You just gotta be aware of the ambiguities while also knowing that there will be tremendous efforts to freeze, personalize and polarize the issues. If you don&rsquo;t believe me, try writing the words ISRAELI DRONE on a t-shirt and walk around outside. You don&rsquo;t even have to say you like &lsquo;em or don&rsquo;t like &lsquo;em; the mere fact that you acknowledge them is enough for some piping geopolitical hot water.</em></p> <p> To these thoughts Bruce attached a link to a post I wrote for Demilit called "Waiting for Doctorow."&nbsp;<a href="http://demilit.tumblr.com/post/16586056738/waiting-for-doctorow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://demilit.tumblr.com/post/16586056738/waiting-for-doctorow</a></p> <p> Some recent digging I've been doing has to do with what I see as a suspicious intersection...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/36342302/moby-the-dilettante-architectural-photographer moby the dilettante architectural photographer Javier Arbona 2012-01-30T17:17:00-05:00 >2012-02-02T20:11:57-05:00 <p> "Moby likes #LA #architecture (but not uppercase letters, apparently). His new blog: <a href="http://mobylosangelesarchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://mobylosangelesarchitecture.com/</a> " -&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/NathanUnbound/status/164062239127633920" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@NathanUnbound</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67uaywbju2f73qum.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/35194880/sources Sources Javier Arbona 2012-01-20T18:43:33-05:00 >2012-01-20T18:43:33-05:00 <p> We've all seen that video on Portlandia about the "technology loop" (we have, haven't we?). In a bit of an experiment to smooth together all the folds of surfing various networks and sources, I put together a Twitter feed for anyone that wants to peek into my library of foundness.&nbsp;</p> <p> Ever since the decline of Delicious, it seems harder and harder to simply 'skim the radar,' so to speak. But a lot of people use Twitter, so this seemed to make sense.&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/AJFavorite" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://twitter.com/#!/AJFavorite</a></p> <p> If you are interested in the sources, I am basically using <a href="http://stellar.io/aljavieera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stellar.io</a> to cull Youtube, Vimeo, Twitter (both from @Demilit and @AlJavieera), and Flickr starred items. I use <a href="http://ifttt.com/people/aljavieera" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iftt recipes</a> to pull from Stellar, Tumblr, and Google reader (perhaps with more recipes to come). Stay tuned, as they say...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/34306440/architecture-ryan-gosling Architecture Ryan Gosling Javier Arbona 2012-01-12T23:41:00-05:00 >2012-01-31T21:56:37-05:00 <p> On the heels of the <a href="http://manarchistryangosling.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"manarchist" Ryan Gosling tumblr</a>, comes <a href="http://architectureryangosling.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture Ryan Gosling."</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/kh2437tu1g52p9sm.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha0swagn154sdqts.jpg" title=""><a href="http://architectureryangosling.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://architectureryangosling.tumblr.com/</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/34260719/a-bit-of-morphosis-early-history-is-set-to-close A bit of Morphosis early history is set to close... Javier Arbona 2012-01-12T14:05:00-05:00 >2012-01-12T19:08:40-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gv/gvgs7uf9nquqjsgt.jpg" title="">According to a Dec. 28 article in the LAWeekly, Los Angeles restaurant institution Angeli Caffe is <a href="http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2011/12/angeli_caffe_to_close.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">closing its doors</a>. Owner Evan Kleinman searched for a buyer, but the <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2011/12/evan-kleiman-to-close-angeli-caffe-after-27-years.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LATimes reports</a> that the last meal will be served on Jan. 13. Of course, no way to tell at this point what will happen to the architecture when a new tenant arrives...</p> <p> Angeli was a very early Morphosis project, back when Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi were partners, and the hottest restaurant designers around LA [see <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1987-05-24/magazine/tm-2164_1_restaurant-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this clipping</a> from Sam Hall Kaplan]. Michele Saee was project architect at the time <a href="http://www.dwell.com/articles/interview-evan-kleiman-on-good-food.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">according to a 2009 interview in Dwell</a>.</p> <p> Photo below from the LATimes:<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sz/szi7coq7p9os6b9w.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The Morphosis "morphopedia" [top photo also from Morphosis] states that: "A partial gridwork was added to the fa&ccedil;ade of a building on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles as an inexpensive way of making and marking an addition. The fa&ccedil;ade was meant to appear as if it predated the existing building. By using minimal means, it creates a series of shifts i...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/29917817/intelligence-community-campus-please-tell-me-it-is-leed-certified Intelligence Community Campus (Please tell me it is LEED Certified) Javier Arbona 2011-12-05T22:57:28-05:00 >2011-12-08T15:54:41-05:00 <p> <em>The Army Corps <strong>won&rsquo;t say which agencies would be based at the site</strong> [</em><em>National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency&rsquo;s headquarters]</em><em>&nbsp;beyond that it&rsquo;s working with the DIA on the proposal.</em></p> <p> But... &nbsp;</p> <p> <em>A rendering of the project, however, <strong>shows a mock directory</strong> suggesting the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation all as prospective tenants. But a spokeswoman for the Army Corps said <strong>Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill (SOM)</strong>, the firm that designed the rendering, included those agencies purely for illustrative purposes.&nbsp;</em></p> <p> Oops!<img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/kl5idarub4hxb4ue.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Story: <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2011/12/ncpc-holds-back-on-bethesda-intell-hub.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BizJournal</a> [via @subtopes]</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/29425744/occupy-the-mural Occupy the Mural Javier Arbona 2011-12-01T16:39:49-05:00 >2011-12-02T07:46:03-05:00 <p> So here is a doozy... The Los Angeles mayor decided to send <a href="http://framework.latimes.com/2011/11/27/occupy-los-angeles/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1,000 cops</a> to de-camp Occupy LA, <em>and now he is looting the artwork</em>. <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/city-officials-try-to-save-occupy-la-mural.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The mayor's office recognizes that this has historical significance so we're working together to make sure that we come up with a good and appropriate solution"</a>&nbsp;(via @longdrivesouth). Thus, the mayor's cultural police forces are looking to permanently preserve the mural which had been painted on a plywood structure, built around a fragile fountain in the middle of the plaza.</p> <p> All of this can make the head spin in circles with its absurd logic. While the occupation was pronounced unsanitary and dangerous, and while the&nbsp;mayor decided they no longer had a space for speech, one of the very forms of the speech itself now rises to the level of permanence. It rises to icon, a cultural treasure they will probably put on a tourism brochure some day. And while the culture itself that made the piece may be deemed to be criminally trespassing on the space of the pl...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/27829089/tents-in-the-sky Tents in the Sky Javier Arbona 2011-11-17T20:34:16-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/46/46zvd3vcna1cue7i.jpg" title=""></p> <p> According to English Dept doctoral student Irene Yoon: "<a href="http://twitter.com/?photo_id=1#!/beenepon/status/137341331860242433/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture school floats tents in the air at occupy cal. :)</a>"</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hkh703rl7kkqp8fa.jpg" title=""></p> <p> And @DarthNader: "<a href="http://twitter.com/?photo_id=1#!/DarthNader/status/137340882893545473/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In response to police demolition of the encampment, #Occupycal floats tents with balloons!</a>" &nbsp;</p> <p> And more here from @zunguzungu: <a href="http://zunguzungu.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/thy-life-is-a-flitting-state-a-tent-for-a-night/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;thy life is a flitting state, a tent for a night&rdquo;</a></p> <p> Also, showing that Occupy is thinking both vertically and horizontally, in New York City, the Verizon building got projected with a Mic Check and a poem...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hf/hfzwww38fhvscj9c.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Go to <a href="http://thephrygiancap.tumblr.com/post/12947109902/occupy-wall-street-projects-msg-onto-verizon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Giant Load of Gibberish</a> for more</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/27817068/boxy-and-timely Boxy and Timely Javier Arbona 2011-11-17T18:15:30-05:00 >2011-11-18T01:05:46-05:00 <p> Forest City Ratner has <a href="http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/design-unveiled-for-tower-at-atlantic-yards/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">released</a> <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/251692/20111117/forest-city-ratner-shop-unveil-atlantic-yards.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renderings</a> of their SHoP-designed high-rise condos for Atlantic Yards. And let's face it, assuming Ratner doesn't backtrack on the design yet again, the project resembles the same ho-hum, cookie-cutter vertical sprawl of a thousand-and-one other transit-oriented development boondoggles. But this one is even <em>special-er</em>, cus the business and modular-savvy of SHoP seems to have been put to good use for Ratner's union-busting scheme. As L Magazine <a href="http://www.thelmagazine.com/TheMeasure/archives/2011/11/17/yup-its-a-prefab-high-rise-for-atlantic-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">writes</a>:&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>The union workers who would be assembling the towers, in various factories, before they're stacked up, would stand to make less the half the hourly wage they could expect if the tower was constructed on-site. Forest City Ratner told the Times, "We are in the process of attempting to reach an agreement that will work for the building trades and Forest City in an effort to create permanent employment," because they are definitely trustworthy when it comes to delivering the jobs they'd long promised th...</em></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/27286401/rafael-vi-oly-on-a-sunday Rafael Viñoly on a Sunday Javier Arbona 2011-11-13T03:53:28-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> <strong>[Updates below. Link fixed to "some" word below.]</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/nyregion/architect-rafael-vinoly-likes-his-sundays-dull.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times features architect Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly on the 'Sunday Routine'</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> Says the Times: "He divides his Sundays between the drawing board and the keyboard: <strong>he owns nine pianos</strong>, and as a child in Uruguay he trained to be a classical pianist.&nbsp;Mr. Vi&ntilde;oly, 67,<strong> lives in TriBeCa</strong> with his wife, Diana, an interior designer. The couple, whose three grown children and three grandchildren live in the neighborhood, <strong>also have homes in Water Mill, N.Y., and London.</strong>"</p> <p> Some select quotes:</p> <p> <em>I wear these gray sweat pants that are 35 or 40 years old. They&rsquo;re like part of my skin. I don&rsquo;t wash them too much, because they&rsquo;d fall apart. I play only classical music. <strong>My pianos are my only big indulgence,</strong> but they&rsquo;re a necessity.&nbsp;</em></p> <p> <i>Sunday is a phenomenal day for work. Disgusting, right? Repugnant! But in the office we&rsquo;ve created this theory that <strong>Sunday is a great time to focus on creative projects, so the place is always full of people when I ...</strong></i></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/27132710/the-grass-is-closed-at-the-university-of-california-campuses “The Grass Is Closed” at the University of California campuses Javier Arbona 2011-11-11T19:55:19-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> Facing not only the privatization of public education and the concomitant worsening of the quality of schools, it has become more than apparent that students at UC Berkeley (and many other places) in addition now must <em>make visible</em> the degree of violence unleashed by the&nbsp;administration on its own people.&nbsp;</p> <p> In an earlier <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/27100226/the-design-of-peaceful-brutality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">satire</a> today, I wanted to bring attention to the convoluted logic that the Chancellor uses to justify that they have <em>not&nbsp;</em>been within the law when approaching protesters and occupations. But in the piece, I also wanted to bring attention to the larger pattern of "weaponizing" or instrumentalizing space in order to do the dirty work of the police in more permanent ways. The&nbsp;fictitious&nbsp;phrase "peaceful brutality" I coined, which isn't so far from the absurdity of the Chancellor's own words of "not non-violent," refers to a serious architectural matter. UC does this over and over again: using "public" space to make "peaceful brutality" permanent.</p> <p> For this reason, a p...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/27100226/the-design-of-peaceful-brutality The design of peaceful brutality Javier Arbona 2011-11-11T13:03:42-05:00 >2011-11-17T14:46:03-05:00 <p> Dear Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor (UC Berkeley),</p> <p> I wanted to express my concern for your troubles, sir. Your message is not getting across and your power is in jeopardy. First of all, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.salon.com/2011/11/11/colbert_mocks_media_reports_of_berkeley_violence/singleton/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">characterized</a> the brave actions taken by the police in front of the storied Sproul Hall on Wednesday as &ldquo;nudging.&rdquo; But as I saw it&mdash;in person&mdash;the police had no choice except to rescue, as peacefully as possible, three hostage tents from "Occupy Cal." And they did so without &ldquo;nudging&rdquo; a single soul on that lawn.</p> <p> You were correct to point out in your Nov 10, 2011 <a href="http://www.dailycal.org/2011/11/10/campus-administrators-send-out-message-responding-to-occupy-cal-demonstrations/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">email</a> that, what you called the "<em>not</em> non-violent" actions taken by the occupiers, put the police in considerable harm&mdash;liberal media be damned! In truth, protesters&nbsp;were confronted by the police with what you should be innovatively messaging as "peaceful brutality." Example: "The REI tents were liberated using <em>peaceful brutality</em>."</p> <p> Second of all, and more worrisome, is the real threat posed by protesters like those t...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/26925295/neil-brenner-mapping-and-the-harvard-gsd Neil Brenner, mapping, and the Harvard GSD Javier Arbona 2011-11-10T00:36:02-05:00 >2011-11-10T13:24:39-05:00 <p> Mohsen Mostafavi and the Harvard GSD accomplished quite a coup by hiring Neil Brenner. Brenner has been a very prominent scholar in the fields of urbanism, planning, and geography to name a few. He was formerly at the sociology department of NYU. His work on Henri Lefebvre (see this <a href="http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/state-space-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">book</a>) has attained wide currency in various disciplines, as well as writings with several collaborators on neoliberal urbanization.&nbsp;</p> <p> The program at Harvard gained a challenging thinker, and someone who surely will question rather than merely lubricate the work of the school. So with that celebratory intro, check out his lecture, "The Urbanization Question, or, the Field Formerly Known as Urban Studies"</p> <p> <em>Brenner offers eight theses about urban studies, the first being the apparently contradictory one that urban studies has not considered its subject matter, ie the urban. </em><a href="http://opengeography.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/neil-brenners-inaugural-lecture-at-harvard/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeremy Crampton</a></p> <p> Also, somewhat related to the expansion of the critical urbanism tack at Harvard, a mini-conference <a href="http://lifeaftergis.blogspot.com/2011/11/geographic-representation-now-at.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">coming soon t...</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/26918091/occupycal-and-the-brave-police-raid-for-two-tents #OccupyCal and the brave police raid for two tents Javier Arbona 2011-11-09T23:13:07-05:00 >2011-11-10T11:20:40-05:00 <p> [with 11/10 updates]</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lf/lf8vgkjv58ahzm4f.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Police mobilized in force to remove #OccupyCal tents today. A couple of small groups had managed to set up just two tents after UC Berkeley police confiscated most other ones, following a large rally. There were maybe two hundred people congregated to block off the shock troops.</p> <p> Then, the Alameda Sheriffs arrived in full military regalia. They assembled near the side of Sproul Hall. They marched in, and set up a human corridor parallel to the building wall, and counted down to zero. The cops then started smacking folks around for no reason, except apparently to rescue those two hostage tents from the occupiers. Someone took a video from the second floor (see below). This is a space, you could say, "owned" by the taxpayers of California. The attack was entirely unprovoked, and if you play the video, you see how they hit folks indiscriminately, including several women of various ages.</p> <p> I still am processing so much of what I saw today... At one point dur...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/26747145/fixes-investigating-alterations-of-space-objects Fixes: Investigating alterations of space/objects Javier Arbona 2011-11-08T11:46:46-05:00 >2011-11-08T22:10:13-05:00 <p> Chris Berthelsen, aka <a href="http://a-small-lab.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a-small-lab</a>,&nbsp;is a documentation freak with a keen eye for everyday landscapes and quotidian acts.</p> <p> Check out his blog: <a href="http://a-small-lab.com/fixes/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fixes: Investigating alterations of space/objects at the public/private boundary in suburban Tokyo.</a></p> <p> <a href="http://a-small-lab.com/fixes/leaky-roof-fix-in-plastic-and-tape/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7do1sr042zie1e3.jpg" title=""></a>Chris writes: <em>'Fixes' are ways of thinking and doing amongst the passivity of 'modern' living. Signals of direct, personal, human creativity, they illustrate real sustainability: repair rather than replace; make rather than buy; create/adapt rather than accept.</em></p> <p> <a href="http://a-small-lab.com/fixes/roof-tile-planter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6o/6oxad7rohhmsu31o.jpg" title=""></a></p> <p> See also his <a href="http://a-small-lab.com/projects/tokyo-graffiti-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">graffiti research</a> in Tokyo and <a href="http://tokyo-diy-gardening.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tokyo diy gardening</a>&nbsp;(with Jared Braiterman), and keep exploring from there!</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/26650876/occupy-what-architecture-can-do "Occupy: What Architecture Can Do" Javier Arbona 2011-11-07T15:33:40-05:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> <strong>[edited w/ updates!]</strong> Two weeks ago I posted a note about <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/25075815/architecture-is-noticing-occupy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Architecture noticing Occupy"</a> that mentioned Reinhold Martin's participation in a panel at Columbia about Occupy Wall Street, etc. Today, <em>Design Observer</em> features Martin's post&nbsp;<a href="http://places.designobserver.com/feature/occupy-what-architecture-can-do/31128/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Occupy: What Architecture Can Do"</a>. David Gissen also recently posted <a href="http://htcexperiments.org/2011/10/30/last-night-at-occupy-oakland/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">some reflections on Occupy Oakland</a>. I suggest reading both!&nbsp;</p> <p> Both posts are short and accesible pieces on the ties between architecture and the Occupy movement. Both converge on the conclusion that there is a strong dimension to OWS about the right to housing. Martin says:</p> <p> <em>And architectural thinking can contribute something invaluable to this extraordinary process by offering tangible models of possible worlds, possible forms of shelter, and possible ways of living together, to be debated in general assemblies both real and virtual.</em></p> <p> Martin sustains that "Assisted by decades of voluminous research and activist practice in slums, emergency housing, and encampments of various so...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/26284381/options-on-the-table "Options on the table" Javier Arbona 2011-11-04T12:32:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> <em>Altering our scholarship policy will be only as a last resort, but in order to create a sustainable model, it has to be one of the options on the table &mdash;</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/education/cooper-union-may-charge-tuition-to-undergraduates.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jamshed Bharucha</a></p> <p> <em>Further, you tell me how to run admissions to make sure that you get enough wealthy students in classes? Do you think it will look like Cooper Union looks now? Or more like any other school that rewards privilege over merit?</em> &mdash; <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/25977628/cooper-union-s-shaky-finances-tuition-to-come#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">slavin</a></p> <p> It seems like as good a time as any to ponder how it was that Cooper Union got to be Cooper Union, and how the accomplishments of its graduates reflect an admission policy that gave opportunity to talented students who otherwise would not have had it.</p> <p> Here is <a href="http://pentagram.com/en/new/2009/11/new-work-the-cooper-union.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">donor signage</a> by Pentagram inside the new Cooper Union building. Seems now like a weird anti-monument:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/oddjr29k2sfb5in5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> From the NYTimes article linked above, (emphasis added): <em>Peter Cooper, a self-taught industrialist, inventor and social reformer, <strong>founded the college with the mission of making higher education available to all; it w...</strong></em></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/26197798/for-every-homeless-person-at-least-four-houses-are-sitting-empty "...For every homeless person, at least four houses are sitting empty" Javier Arbona 2011-11-03T18:21:39-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i2q8v9r2hxrkkw0r.jpg" title=""></p> <ul><li> There is a must-read <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fred-bernstein/housing-disparity-_b_1066997.html%20%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article</a> by Fred Bernstein in the Huffington Post, mostly for some of the facts that, if proven to be verifiable, are&nbsp;alarming&nbsp;(while not all that surprising), such as: <em>There are at least 14 million vacation homes in the United States. <strong>That means that for every homeless person, at least four houses are sitting empty.&nbsp;</strong></em>The article ends with this rather agitating and rousing call to social justice -- not (spoiler):&nbsp;<em>In a more just world, anyone seeking to build a 30,000-square-foot house would also have to fund a homeless shelter -- and make it at least as big as their guest wing.&nbsp;</em></li> <li> Relatedly, read also <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/nyregion/east-harlem-landlords-keep-apartments-sealed-up.html?pagewanted=all" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a> article about how Harlem landlords sit on vacant properties that they refuse to upgrade.</li> <li> Above, a NYTimes article (will not bother to hate-link) that focuses on the violence that erupted in Oakland last night. Note the Citi sponsorship on the right. Something to chew on, for violence takes on many forms of appearance. We might&mdash;indeed, must&mdash;ask what v...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/blog/article/25977628/cooper-union-s-shaky-finances-tuition-to-come Cooper Union's shaky finances: tuition to come? Javier Arbona 2011-11-01T20:39:50-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> Via @bldgblog: <a href="http://slavin.tumblr.com/post/12216224043/when-i-a-student-at-cooper-union-i-thought-i-was" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Slavin writes...</a>&nbsp;(w/ emphasis added)</p> <p> <em>The former president and current trustees have imperiled the future of the only tuition-free undergraduate degree in the United States, and unless someone has an idea for how to make up $16MM a year, it ends soon, quietly, after 150 years.</em></p> <p> <strong><em>No one will ever know the names of the trustees who &ldquo;invested&rdquo; over $170MM on a new building that no one wanted. Generating over $10MM in annual interest payments alone on an operating budget that used to be $40MM.</em></strong></p> <p> <em>All for a building that will soon be populated like all the other buildings in Manhattan: a bunch of people born wealthy, unaware that where they are sitting was ever any different.</em></p> <p> And:&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/11/cooper_union_co.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Cooper wouldn't even be Cooper anymore."</a>&nbsp;More to be found on Google News, etc...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/an/anxj0v46n6kjrsk5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> (photo taken by me)</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/25961962/what-7-billion-is-supposed-to-look-like What 7 Billion is supposed to look like... Javier Arbona 2011-11-01T17:21:18-04:00 >2011-11-02T08:30:56-04:00 <p> From the <a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/picturing-7-billion/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>New York Times</em> Lens blog</a>, this is apparently what 7 billion people look like when you "picture" the latest world population...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/km357jjxkalb8iqp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Hordes of teeming brown masses of humanity overcrowding a train (run for your life!)</strong>&nbsp;Which is, of course, saturated with its Malthusian hysteria.</p> <p> Yet thanks to my colleagues in geography, we hear that the image chosen by the <em>Times</em> to represent the 7 billion&nbsp;<a href="http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/pictures-of-the-day-bangladesh-and-elsewhere/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appeared before</a> in the same blog:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4j9sykz0i0lkavm4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Strike the previous and now add: <strong>"hordes of brown <em>Muslim</em> masses on an immovable train!"</strong> As we read under the photo, the image actually comes from a Muslim festival weekend in Bangladesh, and that explains a lot more. Crowded transport is an ur-image that in the approved Western imagination is actually what "proper" urbanism strives for (except not as dark). Thus, it's not all that related to teeming global populations at all, is it? In other words, the image reflects a temporary moment of&nbsp;pilgrimage. Highly questionable on the part of the <em>Times</em>, the...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/25846208/in-context In Context Javier Arbona 2011-10-31T17:20:55-04:00 >2011-10-31T18:58:34-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nw/nwmcwhch7zdr9hsq.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://www.mascontext.com/3-work-fall-09/1143/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From</a>&nbsp;"Isolated Buildings" by&nbsp;David Schalliol in <strong>MASContext 3: Work</strong>.</p> <p> A quick invite to entice you to see my selection of articles from the archives of MAS Context.</p> <p> <em>Flipping through a stack of browser tabs to uncover a hidden thread within the archives of MAS Context, I found myself interested in the tensions and latent cross-provocations gravitating around ideas of social practices. In a Fall 2010 number devoted entirely to the theme of &ldquo;Public,&rdquo; editor in chief Iker Gil wrote, with lucid foresight of what was to come in various 2011 uprisings: &ldquo;Why react when we can act? We want a PUBLIC that demands more and proposes more.&rdquo; And that&rsquo;s exactly what happened this year, it would appear.</em></p> <p> <em>But to judge by voices and images in MASContext, there has not been (fortunately!) a monolithic approach within the architecture and architecture-related disciplines about how exactly to act... </em><strong><a href="http://www.mascontext.com/news/in-context-javier-arbona/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Read the Rest...</a></strong></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/25814742/hitler-is-surprised-to-learn-who-designed-the-architecture-building Hitler is surprised to learn who designed the architecture building Javier Arbona 2011-10-31T10:56:23-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> Via Mason White... Someone made a "Hitler finds out" that roasts Rem Koolhaas/OMA's design for <a href="http://www.aap.cornell.edu/milstein/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milstein Hall</a> at Cornell University and the admin who chose him... Someone perhaps with a not-unjustified love for Barkow Leibinger. Even Steven Holl gets name-checked.&nbsp;<em>And&nbsp;the old order of the Texas Rangers will be erased from the collective memory.</em></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/25597142/on-police-the-99-and-space On Police, "the 99%," and space Javier Arbona 2011-10-29T13:45:29-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> Highly recommend reading, in its entirety, <a href="http://thenewinquiry.com/post/12036940312/not-your-friend-dissensus-and-the-police" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Not Your Friend: Dissensus and the Police,"</a>&nbsp;by Maryam Monalisa Gharavi aka @southsouth, a response to certain olive-branch pleas to the police. But most especially, on political space, she writes:</p> <p> <em>One of the most useful and succinct definitions about a relationship or non-relationship with police regimes has been contributed by (but does not originate with) the contemporary French social theorist and labor historian Jacques Ranci&egrave;re, who I think will prove to be a crucial theorist for how we observe the rise of the current political mobilization that necessitates reclaiming space.</em></p> <p> <em>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;"Politics stands in distinct opposition to the police. The police is a distribution of the sensible (partage du sensible) whose principle is the absence of void and of supplement."</em></p> <p> <em>What does this mean? For one, politics does not have a commonsensical meaning of politicians, citizenry, etc. Instead, Ranci&egrave;re defines politics as the distribution of ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/25497317/presenting-whownspace presenting #whOWNSpace... Javier Arbona 2011-10-28T16:52:38-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> Following up <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/25383643/mapping-popos-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Mapping POPOS in NYC yesterday</a>, I woke up to find this next item in my inbox this morning, from the friends at <a href="http://dsgnagnc.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DSGNAGNC</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://dotankbrooklyn.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do-Tank Brooklyn</a> and <a href="http://notanalternative.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not an alternative</a>: <strong><a href="http://whownspace.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#whOWNSpace</a>...</strong></p> <p> <em><strong>...goals are:</strong></em></p> <p> <em><strong>1- TO REVEAL conflicting rules and ownerships in the increasingly privatized and commercialized spaces that make up the contemporary neoliberal urban condition</strong></em></p> <p> <em><strong>2- TO QUESTION those rules and the current state of our "public" space; discussing the intentions and conditions surrounding our open spaces</strong></em></p> <p> <em><strong>3- TO ADVOCATE FOR AND PROPOSE new uses and designs that encourage more public and open spaces for neighborhood uses in accordance to the Call to Action for the Rights of Neighborhoods </strong></em></p> <p> <em><strong>We Create Tools that Reveal Spatial Conflict<br> We Question Private Space<br> We Question Public Space<br> We Advocate for Change<br> We Conceive of Alternatives for Collective use</strong></em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/o3/o3qca2kn2yc7v6f9.jpg"></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/25383643/mapping-popos-in-new-york Mapping POPOS in New York Javier Arbona 2011-10-27T17:12:14-04:00 >2011-10-27T17:27:50-04:00 <p> Privately-Owned Public Open Space (POPOS), or their cousins, POPS (apparently not exactly open, yet accessible)... Spurred by Zuccotti Park, WNYC and NY World <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/blogs/scrapbook/2011/oct/19/pops-report-tell-us-about-new-york-citys-privately-owned-public-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ask you</a> "to map and report on New York City's Privately-Owned Public Spaces, aka POPS. We want to figure out how public these public spaces really are."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvgqbo98vtodt9tr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Found at:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pps.org/blog/crowd-sourcing-the-lowdown-on-new-yorks-privately-owned-public-spaces/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowd-Sourcing the Lowdown on New York&rsquo;s Privately Owned Public Spaces</a>&nbsp;which reports:&nbsp;</p> <p> <em>To judge by some early reports, not all of these &ldquo;public&rdquo; places are quite as public as they are supposed to be. Here&rsquo;s what a user named Charles had to say about the Broadway Atrium in Lower Manhattan:</em></p> <p> <em>"I&rsquo;ve tried several times to walk through this lobby (to avoid having to detour around it) and have been stopped and instructed to provide ID, which I regard as an inappropriate infringement. I&rsquo;ve also asked if, in future, I would be permitted to walk through with a bicycle, and have been told No&hellip;Do I not have the right to walk through (with or without a bicycle), unimped...</em></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/25369191/a-design-solution-for-unnecessary-police-barricades-markasaurus "A design solution for unnecessary police barricades" ~ @markasaurus Javier Arbona 2011-10-27T14:11:26-04:00 >2011-10-28T09:26:00-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n4/n4npyilbfh61zzp5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Photo at&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/markasaurus/status/129616697987575808" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/#!/markasaurus/status/129616697987575808</a></p> <p> "(Oakland Mayor) Jean Quan's lawn fence has been turned into art! #occupyoakland <a href="http://lockerz.com/s/150748238" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://lockerz.com/s/150748238</a>"</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/25257382/oakland-as-terror-threat Oakland as "terror threat" Javier Arbona 2011-10-26T14:53:14-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <p> The bumbling, wasteful (reported cost: $2 million in one night), and violent <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqNOPZLw03Q&amp;feature=player_embedded" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">escalation</a> of repression in Oakland yesterday was the direct result of the <a href="http://www.aclu.org/spy-files/more-about-fusion-centers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">militarization of local police forces</a> thanks to millions of dollars in grants from the Department of Homeland Security.</p> <p> Where have I seen them do this before...? Oh yeah, they recently <a href="http://archive.dailycal.org/article/110805/memorial_stadium_hosts_homeland_security_exercise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">practiced</a> at UC Berkeley's memorial stadium:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a812q1o4bg2z6h4u.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Sadly, Oakland is closing five schools today.</p>