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The photographers shaping the way we see modern civilisation
review of Civilization: The Way We Live Now, Ewing and Roussell
Lots of sample photos
photography  urbanism  architecture  books  reviews 
november 2018 by pierredv
Civilization - William A Ewing, Holly Roussell
"Our fast-changing world seen through the lenses of 140 leading contemporary photographers around the globe"

"We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed – or so it seems to the collective psyche. Perpetually evolving, morphing, building and demolishing, rethinking, reframing and reshaping the world around and ahead – and the people within it – an emerging, planetary-wide Civilization is our grand, global, collective endeavour. Never before in human history have so many people been so interconnected, and so interdependent."
books  architecture  urbanism  photography  design 
november 2018 by pierredv
La Cité Idéale - Victor Micoud's Portfolio
via Aesthetica ?Jul 2018

"This serie showcases an empty scenery where the actor, the human being, is present only through the vision he has of his environment. The way this space is being built gives us clues about our conception of "living together", the contrary however, might also be possible: the environment could influence our behaviours and interactions.

The project originated from the questions Victor Micoud asked himself during his wanderings in the environment in which he has spent his life.

These photos show the threshold of a growing urbanization in the further outskirts of Paris, around EuroDisney, in the "ville nouvelle" of Marne-la-Vallée. Through a minimalist, symetric and clean aesthetic, he tries to depict the will of a rationalization of our way of lives, integrating always more our wills, needs and dreams. This comes down to planning the habits of a medium city-dweller, leaving always less space to spontaneity, the creativity of individual initiative. In the meantime, the space created seems full of illusions, built as a "décor", it gives the impression of breaking with standardization by changing colors, shapes and sizes, learning from the mistakes made in the past.


Disneyland is famous as the world of illusions. But do these illusions really stop at the limits of the park? or do they extend further, even among the streets of the cities built around it? This question is all the more relevant knowing that Disney is the owner of the area where those cities are built.


Where are those places, un-located, neutrals, disconnected from any context? Are they part of the real world or of an illusion we create of our future?"


- Josefina Jaureguiberry
AestheticaMagazine  photography  urbanism  art 
september 2018 by pierredv
Bijlmer, City of the Future, Part 1, 99% Invisible
a team headed by an architect named Siegfried Nassuth

Pruitt Igoe in St Louis, had also been an experiment in the modernist principles of CIAM
99percentinvisible  architecture  cities  history  modernism  urbanism 
may 2018 by pierredv
Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
"Located in downtown Hiroshima, this house by Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP has an optical facade consisting of 6,000 pure-glass blocks. As the house is located on a street with many passing cars and trams, the blocks effectively shuts out the noise enabling the creation of an open, articulated garden that allows the residents to enjoy the changing light as the day passes. The transparent facade when seen from either the garden or the street appears like a waterfall scattering light as it flows downward. The garden is visible from all rooms and the serene, soundless scenery of the passing cars and trams adds a certain richness to the house. Sunlight from the east, refracting through the glass, creates beautiful light patterns and rain striking the water-basin skylight manifests water patterns on the entrance floor."
Faith-is-Torment  architecture  homes  Japan  glass  urbanism 
january 2018 by pierredv
Automation will have a bigger impact on jobs in smaller cities | New Scientist, May 2017
"The robot takeover will start in the smaller cities. Towns and small cities have a smaller proportion of jobs that will be resilient to automation than larger urban centres, according to a new study. . . . Roughly speaking, cities with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants are more at risk."
automation  urbanism  employment  maps 
october 2017 by pierredv
Memo to: the next president - CSMonitor.com
Resilience quote:
“People want economic development to be a silver bullet, but it’s not. It’s like spinning plates,” says Beth Doughty, head of the Roanoke Regional Partnership, which markets the region to potential investors. “No one person or entity is responsible for all of the plates, but you do want them all spinning at the same time.”
cities  CSMonitor  resilience  urbanism 
january 2017 by pierredv
Empty Britain: portrait of a nation without any people – in pictures - Guardian April 2016
"From rentakit housing estates to industrial wastelands and deserted roads, photographer Polly Tootal goes beyond picture postcards to capture less celebrated corners of Britain. Look closely – there’s not a tourist in sight"
photography  Grauniad  Britain  landscape  urbanism 
april 2016 by pierredv
Ghost Estates: Photos by Valérie Anex - Faith is Torment | Art and Design Blog:
"Photos of unoccupied houses in the Republic of Ireland due to a number of economic factors, specifically in the counties of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon where the photographer visited."
Faith-is-Torment  photography  landscape  real-estate  urbanism  Ireland 
june 2014 by pierredv
Four simple principles to plan the best city possible - life - 18 December 2013 - New Scientist
"Per capita, most social and economic quantities are larger in bigger cities ... wages and prices ... violent crime ... incidence of certain infectious diseases ... from personal income to innovation" Premium 10-20% Four principles: 1. "cities develop so that citizens can, in theory, meet anybody else in the city. This principle is rooted in the concept of "mixing", taken from population biology and epidemiology" 2. "urban mobility is essential for mixing, but it comes at a cost. The balance between the benefits of social interactions and movement costs sets the spatial boundaries of cities" 3. "city infrastructural networks grow incrementally and this growth is decentralised, because it arises locally from an adaptation to human social needs rather than from a central master plan" 4. "human effort is "bounded" – a concept echoing the bounded rationality theory in economics ... "
NewScientist  urbanism  scaling  cities  Luis  Bettencourt 
may 2014 by pierredv
Monitor: Zapping mosquitoes, and corruption | The Economist Tech Quarterly June 2013
"Technology and government: How the clever use of mobile phones is helping to improve government services in Pakistan" "Around 25,000-30,000 automated calls are now being made each day, and “we are gathering remarkable data on who is corrupt and where,” says Mr Saif. It is heartening that in the first two months after the scheme began, 60% of respondents said they were happy with their recent experiences of public services. That could help put anger over corruption into perspective. It is striking, too, that many complaints were over unclean offices, unclear fees for official services and petty frustrations, rather than corruption alone."
cellular  Pakistan  BigData  malaria  corruption  TheEconomist  urbanism  government  services  governance 
july 2013 by pierredv
Windows of New York | A weekly illustrated atlas
"The Windows of New York project is a weekly illustrated fix for an obsession that has increasingly grown in me since chance put me in this town. A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city. This project is part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up."
NewYork  via:gmsv  architecture  urbanism  design 
february 2013 by pierredv
Cities Without Ground: a guidebook to Hong Kong's elevated walkways | Art and design | guardian.co.uk
"In Hong Kong, your feet need never touch the ground. But now, for the first time, a book can help you navigate the high-rise web of bridges, tunnels and lobbies that make up the city's fabric"
HongKong  theguardian  architecture  urbanism 
february 2013 by pierredv
The New French Hacker-Artist Underground | Wired Magazine Feb 2012
From longnow: There is at least as much underneath Paris as there is above ground. The secretive members of the Paris Urban eXperiment, known internally as "The UX", have spent the last 30 years surreptitiously probing into this world - and improving it. A few years ago these underground hackers and artists became infamous when one morning the clock at the Panthéon, that had not worked in years, began chiming. It was just one of at least 15 such restorations done without permission
via:longnow  x:wired  urbanism  urban  restoration  activism  underground  art  paris 
november 2012 by pierredv
Without Internet, Urban Poor Fear Being Left Behind In Digital Age = HuffPost Feb 2012
"But being disconnected isn’t just a function of being poor. These days, it is also a reason some people stay poor. As the Internet has become an essential platform for job-hunting and furthering education, those without access are finding the basic tools for escaping poverty increasingly out of reach."
poverty  internet  urbanism  via:JohnHorrigan  x:huffpost 
march 2012 by pierredv
A Physicist Turns the City Into an Equation - NYTimes.com
“This remarkable equation is why people move to the big city,” West says. “Because you can take the same person, and if you just move them to a city that’s twice as big, then all of a sudden they’ll do 15 percent more of everything that we can measure.” But also: "After a city doubles in size, it also experiences a 15 percent per capita increase in violent crimes, traffic and AIDS cases."
via:mindhacks  cities  urbanism  math  physics  NYTimes 
february 2011 by pierredv
City vs country: The concrete jungle is greener - environment - 08 November 2010 - New Scientist
from "2003 UN report": "the only realistic poverty reduction strategy is to get as many people as possible to move to the city".
urbanism  conservation  NewScientist  quote 
november 2010 by pierredv
the Vanishing Point
images of urban structures: drains, power plants etc
environment  architecture  urbanism  photography 
september 2007 by pierredv
Drains of Canada: An Interview with Michael Cook -- BLDGBLOG
amazing images of cavernous drains
"Michael Cook is a writer, photographer, and urban explorer based in Toronto, where he also runs a website called Vanishing Point.
Despite its subject matter, however, Vanishing Point is more than just another website
geography  photography  design  urbanism  via:suzew 
september 2007 by pierredv
Ideas: the lifeblood of cities - 23 May 2007 - New Scientist
urbanism, and results from Geoffrey West on scaling laws for cities
urbanism  complexity  NewScientist 
august 2007 by pierredv
The Frontal Cortex : The Living City
metaphor of the city as metabolizing organism
metaphor  architecture  urbanism 
june 2007 by pierredv

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