"SKYSCRAPERS are sprouting all over London; the pace of construction is the fastest it has ever been. But they could rise even faster were it not for London’s odd planning laws."
An amazing collection of retrofuturistic postcards from 1900 imagining 2000, from roofed cities to personal airships or surveillance machines
(…) British artist Stanza has taken this reality and extrapolated it to its next (extreme) frontier—a metropolis-shaped array of circuits called The Emergent City that uses the vibrations and sounds of London to power this “mechanical city” installation.
Editor: Francesca Ferguson, Urban Drift Projects (eds.) In cooperation with the Berlin Senate for Urban Development
Makeshift implies a temporary or expedient substitute for something else, something missing. Make-Shift City extends the term to embrace urban design strategies. “Make-Shift City” implies a condition of insecurity: the inconstant, the imperfect and the indeterminate. It also implies the designing act of shifting or reinterpretation as a form of urban détournement. Austerity urbanism and the increasing scarcity of resources among the cities and boroughs of Europe in particular has far-reaching consequences for civic space. Where there is a lack of regular planning processes, gaps arise as open spaces that enable an ad-hoc informal urban design. What often results is a process of urban commoning: the renegotiation of shared spaces and shared resources. This urbanism of small acts is an emancipatory practice; a re-imagining of the city space and its potentialities.
I can’t think of a more fitting post for my first entry here than the amazing map of Toronto that my colleague Kyle Baptista created that shows only the city’s 1,600 parks.
The number of people a 3.5 meter wide lane can convey in an hour, by transport mode.
We’ve inherited a lot of inefficient, car-centric places from previous decades, but we don’t have to keep building that way. In Atlanta, with the Beltline and MARTA’s TOD projects and more, there’s new interest in building places that are centered around other transportation modes.
Report, Climate Action in Megacities Volume 2.0
The report, Climate Action in Megacities Volume 2.0 (CAM 2.0), was developed in partnership with consultancy firm Arup and released at the C40 Mayors Summit in Johannesburg. It clearly demonstrates that C40 cities are taking action, and are dedicated to working together in the fight against climate change. The research shows that across C40 cities, mayors hold the power to enact change, and this power is evidenced by widespread efforts across key sectors.
Jacob August Riis (1849–1914) was a Danish American social reformer and social documentary photographer.He is known for helping the impoverished in New York City, the subject of most of his writings and photography. He attempted to alleviate the bad living conditions of poor people by exposing their living conditions to the middle and upper classes.
Bandits’ Roost, 59 1/2 Mulberry Street