Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape. From building opera houses with wire to mapping the connection between the automobile and your mother-in-law, Jaime Lerner delights in discovering eccentric solutions to vexing urban problems. In [...]
With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT’s Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets — like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away — to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving [...]
A leading researcher on globalization, global cities and new technologies Saskia Sassen discusses the current hype around smart cities. She reminds us that “It is the need to design a system that puts all that technology truly at the service of the inhabitants—and not the other way around.”
Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city’s population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for [...]
Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an [...]
This short film is an adaptation of the classic urban design tome – “The Image of the City” – by Associate Professor Kevin Lynch (1918-1984) of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Image of the City from Evan Mather on Vimeo.
«From Welfare City to Neoliberal Utopia» is a talk on evolution of utopian models for creating new cities. The speakers follows the shift from welfare state ideal focusing on social housing and public spaces to neoliberal utopia of privatized cities and its implication to citizens of the new towns. About Michelle Provoost Michelle Provoost is [...]
‘New Town’ is an entry in a Central Office of Information-sponsored animated series featuring the everyman character Charley, and promotes an escape from grimy, smoggy towns and arduous commutes to work. With the highly distinctive animation style of husband-and-wife team Halas and Batchelor, this short aims to explain the rationale behind the planning of the [...]
Trailer for the 2010 PBS documentary on the Rural Studio and the legacy of Samuel Mockbee. Premiered at the 2010 South By Southwest Film Festival. www.citizenarchitectfilm.com
Professor Nabeel Hamdi offers new tools for engaging communities as agents of change in the process of place-making.
How can technology dictate the future development of our cities?
“What’s at stake here is really rethinking the human as a site of interdependency,” says Judith Butler. She’s speaking near the end of Examined Life, Astra Taylor’s lively, compelling assembly of philosophers, each pondering in his or her way that very question: “What’s at stake here?” Each granted 10 minutes of interview with Taylor; Butler, [...]
Architecture and pleasure from the aesthetics of the common beauty icons. Slavoj Zizek, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Filmed Thursday, June 10, 2010. Video belongs to Arquitectura y Sociedad (Foundation for Architecture and Society).
Not only plants have a copy made of plastic in the new China I En la nueva China no sólo las plantas tienen una copia de plástico. Beijing, fake flowers, hutongs, Qianmen, artificial plants, China, gentrification, fake architecture. The Only Flower from César Pérez Herranz on Vimeo.
Secondo Sànchez Chillón, il Cityzentrism può essere notevolmente potenziato, aumentando la partecipazione civica, specialmente dei più giovani, attraverso l’uso di meccanismi e situazioni da gioco, un concetto che lui riassume con il termine Gamification. Si approfitta “dell’umana predisposizione psicologica ad impegnarsi nel gioco, promuovendo sfide collettive nei contesti urbani e trasformando così i compiti di [...]
Culture is not your friend, it’s an impediment to understanding what’s going on. That’s why to my mind the word cult and the word culture have a direct relationship to each other. Culture is a cult and if you feel revulsion at the thought of somebody offering to the great carrot, just notice that your [...]
Iain Boal is one of the world’s foremost bicycle historians. At a lecture hosted by the Copenhagen Museum he speaks about the history of the bicycle and the acute need for a revised ‘grown up’ history of the bicycle. Debunking myths along the way, his riveting and fascinating lecture spells out the fantastic history of [...]
You may have wondered, while watching a Streetfilm or reading a post on Streetsblog, where we got the term “livable streets.” The answer can be found in the work of Donald Appleyard, a scholar who studied the neighborhood environment and the ways planning and design can make life better for city residents. In 1981, Appleyard [...]
In the UK, the non-profit Sustrans is pioneering a community-based method to reclaim streets from high-speed traffic and make neighborhoods safer and more sociable places. Called “DIY Streets,” the program brings neighbors together to help them redesign their streets in a way that puts people, safety, and streetlife first. So far, individual streets have benefited [...]
Alex Steffen Talk on sustainable cities at DAC, Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen 30 OCT 2008. Alex Steffen Talk at Danish Architecture Centre from Sustainable Cities™ on Vimeo.
Thomas Sevcik, Managing Director, do-tank arthesia, Zurich/Los Angeles Art Salon | Urbanism | Why Art and the Creative Class will Never Save Cities from Art Basel on Vimeo.