Archive for July, 2007

how to (possibly) execute sustainable urban renewal, in a creative way.


not a cornfield


For Erik,

“Environmentally friendly buildings don’t need to look like cheese wedges.”

interesting photo essay by Witold Rybczynski. no earth-shattering news, but challenging opinion on ecological architecture.

how to make architecture green

for Anna,

future alternative way of allotments distribution, mobility?

maybe not the first thing you’d think about with wroclaw, but in the netherlands it could probably work. no more closing down of canals, just put these in….

a barge grows (food) in Brooklyn


about the barge

for Marten.
here some references, and a lecture she gave in Amsterdam on April the 20th, 2007

and here some writings by Saskia Sassen


DESIGN 21: Social Design Network’s mission is to inspire social activism through design. We connect people who want to explore ways design can positively impact our many worlds, and who want to create change here, now.

Recently they organised a competition on emergency sheltering named ‘Shelter me’ . Entries are numerous and vary widely. In a few days the winners will be announced.

Better design for the greater good


Wrong Side of Paradise

A short photo essay on Fiji’s squatters


informality hurrah!

greetz Edwin

great short movie about what makes a city worthwhile. a lot of architecturally formalized informality, like the kastrup sea bath in kopenhagen by white architects.

“The majority of the world’s designers focus all their efforts on developing products and services exclusively for the richest 10% of the world’s customers. Nothing less than a revolution in design is needed to reach the other 90%.”
—Dr. Paul Polak, International Development Enterprises

Check out this exhibition + blog + catalogue + video’s at Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum

Edwin Gardner

For all you guys that are into informality..

Unhoused is a public place for us, Ava Bromberg and Brett Bloom, to conduct research for a forthcoming publication we are calling “Unhoused”. The book is a follow up to our double-book “Belltown Paradise / Making Their Own Plans” which is available for free through our site. This journal will be a place for us to post and share our research and information gathering, which we hope is interesting to others working on issues of global housing crisis and creative actions taken to counter them in very particular, localized ways.

In the Field’s work begins by looking at, listening to, and learning from how people transform the spaces they inherit and build new spaces based on their needs and desires. We seek out and celebrate the enormous creativity of these ordinary actions. Whether appearing as a spontaneously generated public space, in modifications to existing spaces, or in an example of self-housing or community generated urban planning, we take these hyper-local articulations as a rich entry point into understanding the complex ways in which the built environment is shaped. We gather these examples in books, field guides, and exhibitions with the aim of sharing good strategies and making little known projects visible. We consciously work with the power of adjacencies because together projects can bring to bare ideas and concepts larger than any project viewed in isolation.

We blend approaches and knowledge from visual art, urban planning, and creative activism. We operate in an exploded field and work to expand it further still because we care about opening up spaces for new possibilities and social forms.