‘What Urban Stuff is Made of’ is going offline at the weekend and will be back refreshed in September.
Meanwhile, I recommend a stimulating read in French. Le Monde currently runs the sommer series « L’Afrique en villes », reports from 16 African cities from Kinshasa to Tanger.
A short version of the story
Richard Ankrom is an artist and sign painter. One day he was driving north on the 110 freeway in LA. He missed the exit to the Interstate 5 North he wanted to take and got lost. He later understood that the I-5 exit was not indicated on the green overhead sign. In 2001 he crafted the I-5 North sign himself. With a group of friends he assembled the sign at the place where it supposed to be.
The nice part of the story
The company running the freeway found out about the sign from an article in a local newspaper. Ankrom had hoped he could get his sign back after they took it down; he wanted to hang it in an art gallery. However, the company didn’t take the sign down. The guerrilla sign had passed the inspection.
The full story and an update on the replacement of the sign with improvements in 2009.
Read this NYT article by Ginia Bellafante on Brooklyn’s Anti-Gentrification Restaurant.
A great initiative by people who are aware that restaurants will follow and settle in the area who very likely will have little sensitivity to the needs of the neighbourhood.
The photo above shows a class in the Brownsville Community Culinary Center in Brooklyn. The program helps prepare participants for careers in the food and restaurant industry.
The initiative involves, amongst others, chef Claus Meyer, who is also know for opening the restaurant Gustu and cafés in La Paz, Bolivia to train young people for jobs in the food world.
The reasons why China is building islands in the South China Sea.
To know what infrastructure we need to build, we need to have an idea of what kind of world we want to live in.
Joel H. Moser’s (*) discussion of Trump’s ‘Infrastructure Week’ and misconseptions on what IF is and does for society that are commonly present in politics and public debates today. This five infrastructural myths are discussed in his Washington Post article:
1. New infrastructure projects would reduce unemployment.
2. Regulations kill infrastructure projects.
3. Private investment leads to infrastructure projects.
4. Infrastructure spending will spur growth.
5. We know what infrastructure we need.
(*) “Joel H. Moser is the founder and CEO of Aquamarine Investment Partners, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.” (see article)
A funny and a little mad road classification exercise.