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
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
Salman Rushdie recounts the event in his novel The Enchantress of Florence: The destruction of Fatehpur Sikri had begun. . . . … More
Read these three stories on Switzerland’s main road, motorway A1, as told by the director of the Swiss Federal Roads … 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
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
‘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.
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
A newspaper article on interim uses (and pop-up events) in Zurich as a driving force for business investment. A few sentences … 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
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’.
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.
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.
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.
Marching in solidarity with the #WomensMarch on Washington. Impressive images!
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
Found this on facebook. Unfortunately, I could not find the author’s name.
This is Hollywood against Modern architecture. The extract is from Thom Anderson’s brilliant film-essay collage ‘Los Angeles Plays Itself’ (2003). The Lovell … More
Step Across the Border contains a waiting scene of marvelous beauty. The 1990 documentary film is on Fred Frith and the music is … More
Lucas Verweij designs other correct maps of the world.
How hard it can be to connect with infrastructure is nicely shown in this video. Enjoyable to watch!
A multimedia opera on Robert Moses vs. Jane Jacobs over the fate of New York City from 1955 onwards. The … More
C’est dans le métro parisien: Naturally 7 Live in Paris Subway
The documentary Abandoned Berlin visits derelict and abandoned places in Berlin. The movie is by Jordi Busquets and features extracts from an interview … More
A tourist in Reykjavík couldn’t find the address of a farm located near the city of Búðardalur and drew a map on the … More
A new book in German on the worldwide growing number of repair initiatives: ‘Repairing the World – Open Source and … More
A socially and ecologically forward looking place on this planet is the Scottish Ilse of Eigg, where the historic semi-feudal system of land ownership was replaced … More
A series of photos on squatters in Bangkok, who have turned taken out of service airplanes into homes.
For those who wonder how to bring infrastructure and people together, Kurt might be the guy to ask. Wonderfull!
A surprisingly unusual and temporary extension of the city of Zurich that was immediately turned into a vast playground by kids, adults … More
This film follows a plastic bag from the supermarket to it’s last resting-place. By Ramin Bahrani and featuring the voice of Werner … More
What to say about the Berlin attack? Rayk Anders has gone to Breitscheidplatz 24 hours after the attack, to address the terrorist. This … More
The cartographers’s dilemma in a video
This video extract is from Gair Dunlop’s film ATOMTOWN, in which footage of the closing ceremony of the Dounreay Materials Test … More
I am not the only one who missed the Red Road demolition.
Great talk of Ash Amin on the social life and sociality of urban infrastructure. Download his ‘Lively Infrastructure‘ paper in Theory, Culture … More
Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh on his study of a crack-dealing gang in the Robert Taylor Homes, Chicago IL. Whilst the gang … More