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This contribution examines the multi-layered interaction of social and architectural spatial patterns in the emergence and transformation of post-war modernist … More
Alain Bovet and Ignaz Strebel observe caretakers at work in Swiss residential buildings. They do so as video ethnographers and … More
The introduction co-authored by Philippe Sormani, Alain Bovet and Ignaz Strebel spells out the empirical and theoretical interest of studying … More
Thank you to all our followers for reading us in 2018! What Urban Stuff is Made Of will be back … More
Waited a long time for this. Nice result due to good collaboration! Want to know more? Read now
What contribution does the sociologist make to the analysis of successful coexistence? Benedict Boucsein’s review of R. Sennett’s new book … More
via messynessychic.com and control–panel.com/
“China envisions a vast global network of trade, investment and infrastructure that will reshape financial and geopolitical ties — and bring the rest of the world closer to Beijing.”
Worth seeing this Sunday’s documentary on France 5 at 20.55 CET: Bouchons are the emblems of a whole art of … More
An exhibition on the world of low-income renter eviction: The National Building Museum exhibition EVICTED runs from April 14, 2018–May 19, 2019 … More
via Städtebeschimpfung / Ortsbeschreibung Thomas Bernhard This is the Zurich entry: …die Schweiz ist das charakterloseste Land Europas, sagte er, ich … More
This Guardian Cities article on beekeepers in Ljubljana, Slovenia is stunning. Text and photos by Luka Dakskobler.
In his Elogy to the graduates of the ‘Bachelor in Conservation’ programme at the Bern School of Arts (HKB) on … More
This is public transport cartography based on data taken from Rail Map Online. The maps show ‘now’ and ‘then’ tram line networks in … More
Photographs from the Silent Agents series (by Julius-Christian Schreiner) depict repressive uses of design and architecture. The photo above was shot … More
Kulturen des Reparierens (transcript Verlag, 2018) is a new text collection edited by Stefan Krebs, Gabriele Schabacher and Heike Weber. It includes … More
The flooding of the Lower Ninth Ward explained and performed on a map by climatologist Barry Keim from Louisiana State University on his Hurricane Katrina … More
Salman Rushdie recounts the event in his novel The Enchantress of Florence: The destruction of Fatehpur Sikri had begun. . . . … More
You can find out more here about our new ethnographic research project on the work of HVAC* technicians. The project … More
Read these three stories on Switzerland’s main road, motorway A1, as told by the director of the Swiss Federal Roads … More
New publication: Der Beitrag der Hausmeister zur ldentität von Gebäuden – Block Checks in der Großwohnsiedlung Red Road in Glasgow. … More
Increasing passenger volumes + reduced investment and maintenance = declining performance. This equation and what it means for riders on … More
Read this article on how Theophilus Van Kannel was awarded US Patent #387571 A for the revolving door (a “Storm-door structure”) and … More
“some with a sense of adventure, others looking to save a buck, still more with no other place to go” … More
Transformation of the holy city as documented by Saudi artist Ahmed Mater. https://cdn.theguardian.tv/mainwebsite/2016/09/07/160907RiseOfMeccaFINAL01_desk.mp4
Following an official decision, some 4000 apartment blocks, the so called Krushchevka flats, will be demolished. Scattered all over the … More
BBC radio programme involving Rachel Hurdley on the history and sociology of the corridor and the ways it brings the private … More
“Géographie et infrastructures de la transition urbaine” is a new course in the BSc in Geosciences and Environment at the University … More
A true digital mess at the site of the former highrise estate Red Road, Glasgow. Whilst Google Maps provides for … More
‘What Urban Stuff is Made of’ is going offline at the weekend and will be back refreshed in September. Meanwhile, … More
A short version of the story Richard Ankrom is an artist and sign painter. One day he was driving north … More
Read this NYT article by Ginia Bellafante on Brooklyn’s Anti-Gentrification Restaurant. A great initiative by people who are aware that … More
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 … More
A funny and a little mad road classification exercise.
Originally posted on Municipal Dreams:
The most important buildings in London – those with the greatest social significance for the mass…
Presented in this short text: Margarethe Kusenbach (2016) The Go-Along Method in: Anja Schwanhäußer Ed. Sensing the City. A Companion … More
A comprehensive map of pseudo-public spaces in London published by Guardian Cities and Greenspace Information for Greater London CIC (GiGL). More … More
The International Space Station on Street View. An exercise in 3D orientation in a not so cosy place. The ISS … More
A newspaper article on interim uses (and pop-up events) in Zurich as a driving force for business investment. A few sentences … More
A map published by the Tagesanzeiger today shows the difference in rental prices of an average 3 room flat (2 … More
Photographs by Benny Lam show life inside Hong Kong flats that have been subdivided to accomodate double-decker bed spaces … More
A visually stunning and persuading web-video on the global history of the highrise.
David Roberts and Elaine Kuok live in a different neighborhood every month without having a home of their own. This is … More
How to catch a copycat criminal when it comes to map making? To protect their work – collecting data, drawing, check … More
i Cafe Akibaplace – provides showers, meals, clothes and everything else you might need for spending a night in Japan’s … More
Berlin besetzt is a website that visualises squatted places in Berlin from 1970 onwards. The site provides for information and archival material on … More
Ian Sinclair on his new book The Last London This is via LRB. Check out these links on the LRB-Sinclair … More
Voilà! In-house production arrived this morning! Thanx to all those collaborating and supporting the project over the last three years. The … More
This article by David Robson from the BBC website questions the British pride in the art of queuing and shows that looking at … More
Cities of Sleep is a feature lenght documentary directed by Shaunak Sen and produced by Films Division (India). 74 min. From the … More
Only the man who sleeps and wakes as and when he wishes, is free in the truest sense of the … More
Bus ticket collection via Present & Correct
A 360 Daily recorded in Shanghai from the New York Times by Sarah LI, Veda Shastri and Kaitlyn Mullin.
Susan Boyle and Benton Brown have transformed the beer fermenting tunnels of the old Nassau Brewery in Brooklyn into a … More
When there’s a lack of techniques, when by chance a strike or breakdown deprives us of a means of communication … More
Another short film made by Oklaey for the modern explorer.
A very short film about a ‘quack’ dentist fixing teeth in a street in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. (By Oxleay for … More
Queueing looked at through truly psychological lenses. The last paragraph of the article includes a sort of garfinkelian breaching experiment with queues: … More
The art of how to call a taxi in 25 cities around the world.
Voilà Episode 5 of ‘How Buildings Learn’! Two quotes from the film: «No maintenance, no building» (5/6 @ 1:58). It’s … More
Camera Restricta is a film by Philipp Schmitt about an imagined design for a camera that takes unique pictures. A very nice … More
The fourth episode of How Buildings Learn is on ‘Unreal Estate’.
The tree in front of our house is gone. Seen in Zurich, 08.02.2017.
A video about rescued pianos that are travelling streets and public spaces in Portland, Oregon. Read about the mission of Piano. Push. Play.
An OP-DOC by independent film maker Jason DaSilva on how difficult it is to navigate NY public transport by scooter.
Noble and respected urban designers, students, craftsmen, workers, vagabonds, people of all countries, it is time to unite! In the … More
A personalised and quizzical way of doing transport history by Jay Foreman.
The third episode of How Buildings Learn includes great thoughts and images about creativity, durability of buildings and self-building: Brand’s starting … More
Made in 1971, “From 12 to 12” is a fine and unadorned document on at the time Zurich nightlife in … More
The Centre Georges Pompidou celebrates 40 years today. It was opened on 31.1.1977. Film by Richard Copans, 1997.
This is a video map of a concierge control tour, a so-called block check, which I have recorded together with concierges … More
Street scene and slow-motion projection by video artist Pipilotti Rist, owned by Moma.
‘Glasgow 1980’ was comissioned by Films for Scotland and the Glasgow City Corporation and made by documentary filmmaker Oscar Marzaroli in … More
This is an extract from Anna Minton’s walking-tour for the Chisenhale Gallery in 2010 when the tour stopped in Canary Wharf … More
Here is the second episode of Stewart Brand’s How Buildings Learn series.
«The actual achievement of the city happens elsewhere. Where the diversity of life produces ruptures and problems.» «Such neighbourhoods do … More
Seen in Zurich on 13.02.2011.
Marching in solidarity with the #WomensMarch on Washington. Impressive images!
Seen in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 21.12.2009
This is William H. Whyte‘s film ‘Social Life of Small Urban Spaces’ on the social dynamics of public squares and streets. … More
Every thing about Copenhagen cargo biking in this video. They even have a cargo bike race. And they have kids … More
A great map of urban bloggers world wide. Very useful and a very valuable ressource!
This is Steward Brand’s TV series ‘How Buildings Learn’. The series was aired by the BBC in 1997. Thoughts and … More
Discover Seoul with ‘Seoul Sub→urban‘ from one subway station to the next. Very well documented. Urban blogger colleagues worth following.
This is Bill Ranking’s segregation map of Chicago. Bill explains in a video what’s behind the map and he elaborates on what it … More
How google & co shape cities and urban neighbourhoods is well explained in this essay by Adrian Lobe (essay in German).
The book ‘Never Built New York‘ is by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell. See this image selection of unbuilt buildings and urban landscapes.
It’s not really clear to me, why almost 15 mio people have watched this facebook video. The drone pilot seems … More
Wünsdorf was the Red Army headquarters in Germany. Once inhabited by 75’000 Soviet soldiers and their families, it was abandoned after … More
This is from a family holiday back in the 20st century. In summer 1985, we crossed the inner-German border at … More
Found this on facebook. Unfortunately, I could not find the author’s name.
Seen at Bellevue, Zurich, 02.09.2016