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"​​52-Blue is a collaboration between architect Nick Sowers and artist Bryan Finoki. They have been working together in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2010, and decided to launch a new studio in 2015 to explore different ways spatial experiences are able to be shaped through sound. Their collaboration brings together a collective knowledge of how sound can be used as both an architectural medium and a narrative platform. The studio is guided by the philosophy: to listen is to listen to ‘listening’ itself. Their work embodies this both as a form of practice and an experience, and seeks to animate the unheard, make the inaudible audible, and give voice to the materials of the built environment so other stories can be told and heard."
nicksowers  bryanfinoki  sound  art  architecture  52-blue  space  audio 
january 2016 by robertogreco
Spaciocide: Design Observer
"This only scratches the surface of the physical architecture of displacement. Yet, it couldn't succeed without the buttress of an equally draconian legal architecture to sanction the mechanisms that make it virtually impossible to (lawfully!) live below the poverty line. A recent study found that California alone has 500 laws on its books across fifty-eight cities, an average of nine in each. Even the ACLU is pleading with Berkeley lawmakers to reconsider its homeless policy framework. The London borough of Hackney just passed a “Public Space Protection Orders” law giving authorities powers to remove a broad spectrum of people almost at will from downtown.

While camping in the American city is generally illegal, sleeping in vehicles overnight is becoming increasingly illegal too, and more dangerous. Sacramento has an ordinance that outlaws camping on private property for more than one night, prompting claims that such laws have caused a 2,400 percent leap in Sacramento's city camping citations. The homeless have long since been priced out of public transportation. And the library, a homeless sanctuary for decades, has begun preventing people from napping and using restrooms based on various new policies, including an “anti-odor” law. Many lack access to clean water, and are often ticketed for simply being homeless."
architecture  law  legal  homeless  homelessness  2015  spaciocide  urban  urbanism  cities  us  bryanfinoki 
july 2015 by robertogreco
Tunnelling borders | openDemocracy
"The growing ubiquity of militarized borders has with it produced a subterranean network of cross-border tunnels. In tunnelling, global “urban burrowers” have begun to compose a new layer of multitude grounded in the struggles against global hegemony itself."

"This constant specter of walls cropping up along the world’s boundaries at first seems ignorant of its own porosity. Yet, the policy of walling hardly overlooks these routine practices of less visible trespass. In a so-called ‘borderless’ era of free trade walls strategically redirect unsanctioned cross-border flows further out of view and deeper underground by beckoning their own subversion this way, and for multiple reasons:

[1] Walls help to force a commingling of uncontrollable movements of various types with the illicit underground networks of criminal drug and human trafficking syndicates, and militant groups;

[2] by driving the world’s labor/refugee overflow underground it becomes easier to perceive such a superfluous population as less human and through a wider lens of “ferality” (a description Pentagon researchers have drawn upon to characterize the insurgents fighting the new urban wars of the 21st century—wars that would take place in the filthy spatial fallout of failed states/cities). This paves the creation of a more broad base subclass of borderzone criminality identified through a purposeful blurring of migrant/refugee/criminal/terrorist suspect categories. This pixelation only invites a greater juridical stripping of their legal status and harsh penalization under anti-terror national security frameworks; and,

[3] underground spaces can be deemed more viable military targets despite those that lack any violent intention by virtue of sharing a spatial typology that in nature coincides with other like-spaces that have been designed for more nefarious uses.

Today, not only do walls beget tunnels they co-construct them as an intended by-product that forces a multitude of forbidden cross-border sub-agencies into self dug graves and abyssal legality. Rather than taking responsibility through progressive immigration and labor policy, or re-examining the failures of the War On Drugs, or preventing Israel's annihilation of Palestinian statehood, national governments deploy a dehumanizing strategy of criminalization through forced tunnelization."
bryanfinoki  tunnels  border  borders  2013  security  westbank  gazastrip  palestine  israel  syria  egypt  korea  militarization  subversion  walls  fences  michaeldear  partitions  diplomacy  eyalweizman  opendemocracy  surveillance  stephengraham  economics  underground 
november 2013 by robertogreco
YouTube - UMTaubmanCollege's Channel
"University of Michigans Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning hosted the Future of Urbanism conference on March 19 & 20, 2010. An international roster of speakers academics and practitioners addressed some of the most critical issues facing our cities and their environs in six sessions, comprised of 15-minute segments and a panel discussion. Topics included: Urban and Regional Ecologies; Just Cities; MEGACITY / shrinking city; New Publics / New Public Spaces; Urban Imaginary; and Cities as Theaters for Conflict. The presentations were free and open to the public. For more information about the event: "

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urban  urbanism  architecture  future  kazysvarnelis  bryanfinoki  saskiasassen  edsoja  bartlootsma  danacuff  christineboyer  benjaminbratton  teddycruz  via:javierarbona  ecology  urbanecologies  megacities  publicspace  urbanimaginary  cities  2010 
february 2011 by robertogreco
pensamientos genericos - decay
"Este semestre estaré impartiendo un taller de teoría/diseño urbano con el escritor Bryan Finoki. El tema a tratar es uno que ya tiene tiempo rodando por las facultades de muchas universidades así como en textos académicos en Estados Unidos. Urbanism of Decay, urbanismo decadente, urbanismo en descomposición, urbanismo en deterioro. Bien se puede traducir de estas tres formas, porque al analizar a nuestro paciente vemos que ha ocurrido un deterioro físico, creado una cultura en decadencia y hoy existe como una ciudad en descomposición. Ese es mi diagnostico, que en parte ha sido corroborado por muchos estudiosos sobre el tema, sin embargo lo que me interesa es ver si este paciente sufre como cualquier otro organismo de una decadencia total."
sandiego  detroit  decay  bryanfinoki  architecture  design 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Subtopia: Globalization of Forced Migration, and the nomadic fortress
"What I am most interested in, though, are those places which evidence an urbanism of forced migration: I'm talking refugee camps, prisons, homeless shelters, immigration stalls, detention facilities, national emergency centers, squatter cities, tent cities, border fences, subterranean worlds, slave trade enclaves, mobile homes, convalescent homes, security checkpoints, the baseworld archipelago, and so on, etc.. Altogether, they constitute this massive informal infrastructure of nomadic space expanding around the world, fragmented in different forms of socio-political captivity."
migration  globalization  immigration  architecture  bryanfinoki  borders  nomads  slums  favelas 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Subtopia: Squatter-Mimicry
"Brand makes this righteous statement and coins a term I had not heard before. “Perhaps soon we'll be looking to squatter cities for design ideas, much as we looked to biology. Rather than bio-mimicry, we'll be considering squatter-mimicry."
politics  theory  urban  slums  cities  stewartbrand  bryanfinoki 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Subtopia: Squatter Imaginaries
"One of the most intriguing facets of Dionisio Gonzalez's photographic constructions is that they immediately question the viewer's knowledge of what a "slum" actually looks like and what are the political forces that shape slums."
architecture  art  cities  installation  photography  poverty  slums  favelas  brasil  dionisiogonzalez  lebbeuswoods  urban  urbanism  landscape  neighborhoods  planning  design  squatting  bryanfinoki  squatters  politics  culture  brazil 
november 2007 by robertogreco

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