Wooster is ” A street in the Soho section of New York City” and collective is ” Of, relating to, characteristic of, or made by a number of people acting as a group: a collective decision.”

together this makes Wooster Collective: “The Wooster Collective was founded in 2001. This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.”

and they show a lot of street art.

inspiration abound. marten

In False Flat some connection are made between “Dutchness” and our specific brand of design. So there are also some connection made between the modern dutch polder landscape (and even mindset) and Dutch Design.

here some links: Speak Up! – book review and DESIGNNWS

and critique: False Flat Indeed! – Ole Bouman

and we need to build a shitload of emergency housing, real fast?

well, that’s a good question, and they want the answer to it, so they started a design competition for post-disaster provisional housing.

through anarchitecture

enjoi. marten

sorry it’s dutch. its an interview from the program Netwerk from the 2nd of october about the benefit of development aid of the last fifty years.

http://player.omroep.nl/?aflID=5609791&md5=4765810a362481b98a6b8b1afece1e8b

De ontwikkelingshulp van de laatste vijftig jaar heeft nauwelijks iets uitgehaald. Dat stelt de Amerikaanse econoom William Easterly. Onlangs verscheen de Nederlandse vertaling van zijn boek over dit onderwerp. In Netwerk een interview met Easterly. Presentatie: Tijs van den Brink.

slumdwellers2.jpg

Here is an organisation who deal with slums and shacks. Looking around on their website learned that the at least provide a lot of info: documents, pictures, videos, links etc. What they actually do was not totally clear to me. I would say: check it out!

viel spass!

sietze

yes, it does. and it’s also inflatable.

looking at this image it doesn’t really seem appropriate for emergency housing, since it is quite high tech, but you never know if there is an NGO with some secret money stash or IT-millionaire-turned-philantrophist.

The architects, Lateral Architecture, have an interesting website, that also feature other projects with amazing names like spray pattern, soil horizon and between landscapes.

through bldgblog

enjoi. marten

interesting documentary on one of those other arab emirates states – Ras al-Khaimah – that took a good look at her sisters, put a cross on the map and decided that’s where a new city would be built. By OMA, with some help of Snohetta.

the Sand Castle

through archinect, with the follow-up discussion right here.

enjoi. marten

okay, so in the UK apparently you are allowed to request a tape of public cctv systems (all written down in the Data Protection Act), if you can proof you are on there. you are even allowed to publish these images as long as you black everybody out except yourself. (help me here, what’s the band that made the video with everybody without a mouth, eyes etc. it’s not manic street preachers… but who is it then?!) a faceless future, basically, where everybody will be anonymous until you are a suspect. it is still innocent until proven guilty, but the line between random person and suspect is theoretically only a black circle away.

anyway, manu luksch discovered some poetry in this fact of instant anonymity and decided to turn it into a movie. in a faceless world, one day our protagonist wakes up with a face. startled with this fact, she goes out and tries to find out what this whole face thing is about.

cctv as a mean for producing art. who would have thought that? especially since, according to this article, there are certain neighbourhoods in london that do have a large number of cameras but little crime, making people propose to replace a lot of shitty cameras with a few that actually makes somebody recognizable instead of the stereotype suspect, an african-american male, 5 foot 10, grey sweater, baggy pants with a new york yankees cap that could also be a la dodgers one since they all look alike anyway nowadays.

trailer. i haven’t found a full version yet, but perhaps i can acquire one for xploretv.

enjoi. marten

for Marten: CCTV

The New York Times reporting on CCTV systems in London and New York
Where Little Is Left Outside the Camera’s Eye (July 8, 2007)
New York Plans Surveillance Veil for Downtown (July 9, 2007)

(registration is compulsory, but free)

ciao edwin

again, in today’s NRC, an article on the science of secrets. everyone has them, some worse than others, and apparently, people can get into the business of keeping a secret so badly, that it has the same effect on you as a terminal illness would have.

ai.

fortunately, there are of course also the more funny secrets. NRC.next has a daily item called briefgeheimen (in dutch) based on the english blog postsecret. what is it? it’s damn simple and very effective – kind of like the kalashnikov. imagine you have a secret you’re afraid of telling, but you would also like to share with the world, since it is a secret of the more social kind. the secrets not only affect you, but also others around you.

example:

so we have a grandchild here that is addicted to pain killers, but instead of acting the drugstore cowboy, he just takes them from his grandpa. it makes you wonder. why is the grandson not in the church, with his grandfather? is that why he is popping granddads pills in the first place – a troubled family life or is there more? each of these postcards tell a story, the interpretation is up to you.

and now we have moving briefgeheimen. swiss artist elodie pong interviews people, anonymous or not, and lets them talk freely about their biggest secrets.

this guy, number 49, who is obviously afraid of repercussions from his social circle (there we go again, peer pressure’s a bitch innit?) is dressed up like a luchador – vaguely reminding me of jack black in nacho libre – and confesses, here we go…. that he finds “contemporary performance art often extremely boring “, but that he is “obliged for professional and social reasons to kind of quay along…” and “obliged to sit through a long boring perfomance and in the end say how fantastic it was, when in fact i’d rather be at the cinema watching some kind of simple, escapist narrative film.”

YES! somebody finally mentioned it! that-that-must-not-be-named when we are talking about performance art has been said!

and we all saw it was good.

thank you! thank you, mr.49!

it’s just waiting for some kind of architectural confessions tour, maybe named – in the honor of the great madonna – confessions on a drawing board, where everybody will have the chance to tell us their biggest secret.

robert venturi: “i have never been to vegas”
rem koolhaas: “i am afraid of heights”
winy maas: “i am blind” (this one would obviously not be a secret to anybody anyways)

realize. marten

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