596 Acres has teamed up with Partner & Partners and SmartSign to produce a comprehensive online map showing all the adopted neighborhood master plans for New York City. It has taken us nearly two years to follow up on a Freedom of Information Law request for records of those plans and meticulous translation of paper plans into machine-readable spreadsheets to make this map. The plans were written with a great city in mind. Huge swaths were designated for demolition, to be paid for with federal dollars. Lots that were designated this way to justify the funding for demolition had to be included in a plan that stated what they “should” be - designations like “housing,” “industrial,” and “open space.”
Convocatoria abierta de la primera Revista Científica La Ciudad Viva, bajo la temática: “DERECHO A LA VIVIENDA, DERECHO A LA CIUDAD: Vivienda y Parque público; Rehabilitación energética y Reactivación urbana.” Dicha Convocatoria finaliza el próximo 20 de Junio
Open call until 20th June
This book is an effort to explore the newly emerging field of urban interaction design that addresses these issues. In the first part of the book, ‘Foundations’, we look into its origins. Where do its practitioners come from? How are they working together? What methodologies do they bring to the table? What are the key concepts they are addressing in their work? In the second part of the book named ‘Trends’, we go into current developments in the networked city and how urban interaction design as a field addresses these. Taken together, these sections will not give the definite definition or overview of this field. But hopefully there’s enough in here to convincingly claim that the further development of the field matters.
University of Deusto, along with EGAP (TEC de Monterrey) and Bilbao Metropoli-30, is running a course from the 9th to the 20th of June titled Planning and management of cities. Rethinking the city: public policies and instruments for urban governance. On the 12th, I am in charge of a technical visit through de different milestones of the urban renewal process in Bilbao, trying to share a less institutional look at its consequences and social implications.
So, it is a chance to tell another story of what happened to Bilbao and what it is today.
In March 2014, eight people -and I had the pleasure to be one of them- gathered in the middle of nowhere in Germany and spent five days sprinting to write a book (booksprint) basically meant to help define the thin borders of what is called urban interaction design. I am not sure if te text, after some weeks, fully represents the debates, discussions and overnight work, but all involved expect that this is a first step.
How do you describe emerging trends within a forming field? In this book, you will find a distilled conversation, filtered through the collective and embodied practises and experiences of eight diverse individuals. We cannot claim that the result is a perfect representation of the current situation. However, because of the experience, commitment and generosity of the contributors, this book does now exist. We have, in our hands and online, an attempt to characterise and discuss the emerging trends within urban interaction design, freely available for anyone to read, reflect upon and improve.