Repair is (always) more than restoring the original

Kulturen des Reparierens (transcript Verlag, 2018) is a new text collection edited by Stefan Krebs, Gabriele Schabacher and Heike Weber. It includes an article from The Urban Repair Project:

“Dann müssen wir es so lassen Reparatur ist (immer) mehr als die Wiederherstellung des Normalzustandes” (pp. 347-371)

The book is Open Access and you can download the entire book here.

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Lower Ninth Ward flooding

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 & Environmental Tour of Metropolitan New Orleans at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) 2018. Many thanks to Barry for geographical insights and stories told of life and death in New Orleans now and then.

The clip was recorded at the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Platform, located at the end of Caffin Avenue at the intersection with Florida Ave. The spot is worth visiting as it offers further information on the ecology of the Main Outfall Canal situated behind the Lower Ninth Ward.

For information on why the Katrina disaster was man made and not ‘natural’, see the grassroots website levee.org.

As an urban geographer and ethnographer, I could not resist to film some of the more performative aspects of the tour and the ways geographers talk about and listen to how cities are transformed over time. Using maps is of course just one geographical thing to do on a field trip. Other spatial practices and gestures of interest: pointing at landscape features, taking pictures, taking notes, searching for shadow, walking and talking, categorising spaces, moving and looking around, group behaviour (such as getting on and off the bus), personal (geographical) conversations (e.g. ‘where are you based’) and many more.

(Recorded on 11 April 2018. Video published courtesy of Barry Kim)

Building identity through maintenance work

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New publication:

Der Beitrag der Hausmeister zur ldentität von Gebäuden – Block Checks in der Großwohnsiedlung Red Road in Glasgow. Identifikationsräume: Potenzial und Qualität großer Wohnsiedlungen. M. Harnack and J. Stollmann. Berlin, 2017, Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin: 54-69.

Last stroll around Red Road

A true digital mess at the site of the former highrise estate Red Road, Glasgow. Whilst Google Maps provides for 2D and 3D views of the demolition site, Google Street View still features images of the tower blocks. It is virtually the last chance for a stroll around the estate. (Recorded on 4 September 2017)

Architecture Competition

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Voilà! In-house production arrived this morning! Thanx to all those collaborating and supporting the project over the last three years. The book includes guest contributions by Kristian Kreiner, Leentje Volker, Peter Holm Jacobsen, Andreas Kamstrup, Camille Crossman, Torsten Schmiedeknecht and interviews with Malcolm Reading, Dietmar Eberle and Werner Sobek.