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Making art of New York's urban ruins | Miru Kim - YouTube
"At the 2008 EG Conference, artist Miru Kim talks about her work. Kim explores industrial ruins underneath New York and then photographs herself in them, nude -- to bring these massive, dangerous, hidden spaces into sharp focus."
mirukim  nyc  art  body  bodies  rats  animals  subways  photography  mta  cities  urban  urbanism  morethanhuman  multispecies  infrastructure  2008  urbanexploration  exploration  speculativefiction  decay 
may 2018 by robertogreco
The Outlaw Instagrammers of New York City -- NYMag
"There has long been a subculture of so-called “urban explorers” who have made a game of accessing off-limits places. But Deas and the other Instagrammers distinguish themselves from these mostly older, more cerebral trespassers. “They'll go to the top of the bridge and touch it and be like, Wow, this architecture!,” Deas says, a little dismissively. Urban explorers take photos mainly to document that they’ve been there, while for Deas the image is the whole point.  The outlaw Instagrammers have more in common with graffiti artists, another subculture of underground creatives who make their work in the cracks of the urban landscape. Many Instagrammers go by enigmatic handles that would look good scrawled on the side of a subway car, like Novess, Black_soap, Heavy Minds, and 13thwitness, aka Tim McGurr, an unofficial godfather of the scene. But the outlaw Instagrammers are better-positioned to thrive in post-Giuliani, post-Facebook New York than old-school graffiti writers: transgressive enough to be cool, but innocuous enough to amass a huge following without getting hunted down by the NYPD.""
art  instagram  nyc  photography  exploration  urbanexploration  2014  adrianchen  urban  urbanism 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Field Trip Day | Events in Six Cities on September 29, 2012
"Field Trip day is a series of explorations in six cities on Saturday, September 29th.

Find hidden places, and learn skills long forgotten. There are no right choices, no wrong turns - but there are wonders to be uncovered. Tickets are limited. Register below.

NEW YORK • SAN FRANCISCO • LOS ANGELES • CHICAGO • MINNEAPOLIS • BOSTON"
discovery  fieldtrips  fieldtripday  urbanexploration  urbanism  urban  boston  chicago  greenpoint  brooklyn  minneapolis  nyc  losangeles  sanfrancisco  cities  2012  atlasobscura 
september 2012 by robertogreco
The Adventurers Club | Place Hacking
"Exploration is not a process of learning something new as much as a process of rediscovering what you lost. As the polar explorer Erling Kagge has pointed out, we are all born explorers. Our first acts as new beings in the world are acts of discovery. We try risky things, we overextend our imaginations, we venture out, we are often pushed back. We learn through failures as much as successes."

"What I love about exploring with these three is that we always leave with a suitably rough plan. A lot of what we encounter and embrace is spontaneous discovery and that, to me, is the heart of exploration,  pushing our edge. The world offers us endless opportunities for discovery. We have been conditioned to overlook them in our need for efficiency and productivity. … Finding the exploration you desire necessitates closing your browser, packing a bag and heading into the world. You must plunge into action and cut new edges at your personal desire lines."
adventures  whatislost  2012  bradleygarrett  productivity  efficiency  action  noticing  deschooling  unschooling  conditioning  spontaneity  discovery  exploration  urbanexploration  placehacking 
july 2012 by robertogreco
The Value of Edcamp: Reclaiming Professional Development | Remix Teaching
"By creating a structure and then letting the participants take control, Edcamps become moving and powerful days, as teachers wrestle with ideas big and small, try new tools and stretch their minds to accommodate new perspectives. To give you an idea of the sheer variety, here are my three favorite sessions from the two years that I’ve been organizing and attending Edcamps.

* A session at Edcamp OC (2011), run by students of Rob Greco, about the urban adventure field trips they take as a part of their school’s program, confidently and honestly discussing what they liked and didn’t like about the program, as well as the triumphs and challenges they faced."

[Also here: http://smartblogs.com/education/2012/07/13/edcamp-reclaiming-professional-development/ ]
unconferences  professionaldevelopment  pd  urbanadventures  urbanexploration  edcampoc  edcamp  dancallahan  ego  cv  tcsnmy 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Urban guides for cyberflâneurs - Reading Room - Domus [Review of Kati Krause's, A Smart Guide to Utopia and P. D. Smith's City. A Guidebook for the Urban Age]
"With a renewed understanding of the concept of city as a living organism…and focused on the power of small actions beyond large-scale urban planning, the book offers a comprehensive tour through spatial practices, diy networks, guerrilla activism and urban farmers, among others. More than a guide to discovering a city, it is a guide about how to make cities more liveable through small, simple interventions. Some of these actions embrace a new technological approach, such as the use of smartphones to enhance the urban experience."

"The book also talks about urban life, religion, street art, waterfronts, traffic jams and many other things that shape our urban experiences, despite the fact that we may often think they are disconnected from each other. As Smith points out, this is the age of the Edge City, where the age-old distinctions between urban and suburban are disappearing, leaving us immersed in a landscape without boundaries where distance is only a subjective feeling."
history  pdsmith  urbanexploration  baudelaire  cyberflaneurism  petercook  mariapopova  adamgreenfield  toread  cities  activism  technology  interventions  urbanfarms  urbanfarming  networks  diynetworks  diy  2012  landscape  place  edgecity  ethelbaraona  utopia  urbanplanning  benhammersley  flaneur  urbanism  urban  books  katikraus 
july 2012 by robertogreco
BBC Radio 3 - Between the Ears, Invisible Cities
"Inspired by Italian writer Italo Calvino's novel "Invisible Cities", on the 40th anniversary of its publication, this Between the Ears explores the hidden, fantastical and surreal stories caught between the cracks of the modern city.

With contributions from writers, urban explorers and mapmakers we explore the imaginative possibilities held within cities, their secret folds. How does the layout of a city's streets, underground passages and the glittering spires of its skyscrapers capture our desires, our fears and our memories?

From the ghosts contained in a cavernous lost property office deep underground to the view from the top of an abandoned warehouse - what impression does the structure of a city leave on its inhabitants?

See also the Sunday Feature: Suspended in Air, which explores Italo Calvino's writing.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall"
2012  invisiblecities  urbanexploration  placehacking  memories  bradleygarrett  rebeccasolnit  eleanormcdowall  pdsmith  cities  urbanism  urban  italocalvino  bbc 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Climbing a Shard of Glass | Place Hacking
"As I climbed up on the counterweight of the crane, my breath caught. It was a combination of the icy wind & the sheer scale of the endeavor that shocked me. Marc was looking down at London Bridge station and whispered, “the train lines going into London Bridge look like the Thames, it’s all flow.” Slowly, I pulled myself to the end of the counter weight and peered over the edge. Indeed, we were so high, I couldn’t see anything moving at street level. No buses, no cars, just rows of lights and train lines that looked like converging river systems, a giant urban circuit board…

Later, standing next to the Thames, staring up at the little red light blinking on top of the crane, it seemed unimaginable that I had my hands on it just hours earlier. Ever after, whenever I see the Shard from anywhere in the city, I can’t help but smile. Unlike when I was up there, shaking with fear taking this self-portrait. You’ve got two months to get yours before the tower tops out. Act before you think."

[See also: http://www.theworld.org/2012/04/climbing-the-shard/ ]

[Update: see also Matthew Power's piece: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201303/urban-explorers-gq-march-2013 ]
placehacking  urbanplay  urbanism  urbanspace  bradleygarrett  2012  flow  abovethefray  scale  theshard  urbanexploration  urban  skyscraper  london  matthewpower 
april 2012 by robertogreco
CITIES Online | Connecting Urban Explorers
"CITIES Foundation, based in Amsterdam and with partners across Europe, aims to catalyse urban explorers with the will to drive innovation in city life, policy and practice. CITIES and its community connects and shares, in person and online, through research initiatives, events, workshops, exhibitions and publications.

CITIES initiates change through its active research themes, and provides a platform for discussion and debate about global ideas and local impacts. Many aspects of urbanism and urban living have, as yet, no fundamental theories, knowledge base, principled methods nor tools to guide their development. CITIES research themes are developing new areas of urban exploration and activity."
cities  urbanplanning  policy  urbanexploration  urbanism  design  architecture  netherlands  urban 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Serendipitor for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
"Serendipitor is an alternative navigation app that helps you find something by looking for something else. Enter an origin and a destination, and the app maps a route between the two. You can increase or decrease the complexity of this route, depending how much time you have to play with. As you navigate your route, suggestions for possible actions to take at a given location appear within step-by-step directions designed to increase the likelihood that, in the end, you will have encounters you could never have pre-planned. You can take photos along the way and, upon reaching your destination, send an email sharing with friends your route and the steps you took."

[via: http://twitter.com/agpublic/status/21619402371 ]
serendipity  serendipitor  applications  iphone  maps  mapping  location  driftdeck  flaneur  wayfinding  navigation  gps  urban  urbanism  urbancomputing  urbanexploration  ios 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Mythogeography
"This is a website for walkers, artists who use walking in their art, students who are discovering and studying a world of resistant and aesthetic walking, urbanists, geographers, site-specific performers, town planners and un-planners, urban explorers, entrepreneurs and activists who don’t want to drive to the revolution."
art  geography  mythogeography  cities  books  drifting  walking  urban  urbanism  landscape  pedestrians  un-planning  urbanexploration  activism  derive  dérive  philsmith 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Artificial Owl
"Welcome to the Artificial Owl, a site dedicated to provide a selection of the most fascinating abandoned man-made creations. While adding new content to the site, I try to follow as much as possible these simple rules :
urbanexploration  ruins  landscape  retro  design  culture  architecture  art  history  photography  urban  travel  buildings  abandoned  decay 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Place Hacking | Savage Minds
"I rapped with reformed archaeologist Bradley L. Garrett regarding his recent visual ethnographic fieldwork about urban exploration. Here’s what we talked about, all images are his."
via:adamgreenfield  psychogeography  deleuze  cities  urban  urbanism  urbanexploration  anthropology  capitalism  activism  geography  exploration  parkour  ruins  theory  gillesdeleuze 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Engaging Places
"Engaging Places will champion teaching and learning through the whole built environment, from grand historic buildings to the streets and neighbourhoods where we live. It includes the launch of a major new online teaching resource, www.engagingplaces.org.uk. This will be the most comprehensive guide ever created to help schools teach by using the buildings and places around them. Research has shown that teachers view buildings and spaces as an important educational resource, and want better access, information and support to exploit it. Schools will be able to use Engaging Places to access a nationwide directory of organisations and venues, including architecture centres, museums and historic buildings. They will be able to search for high quality resources and materials by curriculum theme or whole school issues. And they can access case studies from fellow teachers."

[http://www.cabe.org.uk/default.aspx?contentitemid=2956 ]
teaching  learning  place  uk  classroom  schools  tcsnmy  lcproject  urban  urbanism  architecture  engagingplaces  design  education  landscape  buildings  cities  curriculum  places  heritage  urbanexploration  classideas  classrooms 
january 2009 by robertogreco
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
"Now, as for centuries, tourists behold those ruins with awe and wonder. Yet today, a vast and history laden ruin site passes unnoticed, even despised, into oblivion. Come, travel with me, as I guide you on a tour through the fabulous and vanishing ruins of my beloved Detroit."
detroit  urbandecay  urbanexploration  demolition  photography 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Forgotten Detroit
"Detroit is known for one of the most stunning collections of pre-depression architecture in the world. The past two decades have seen several of these treasures sit vacant, waiting for economic revival. On these pages you will find information about the past, present, and future situations of a few of these landmarks. It is my hope that this information helps you gain an appreciation for the importance of both the history and continued survival of these buildings."
urban  cities  detroit  urbandecay  photography  buildings  architecture  history  urbanexploration  demolition  ruins 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Sweet Juniper! - It will rise from the ashes [on the photos of the abandoned Detroit Public Schools Book Depository]
"Can decay be something more than sentimental? Can it ever be beautiful? Can it just be respected for what it is, and not further corrupted by our emotions? And what is it that draws us to ruination? Why do some of us find it so compelling?"
urbandecay  detroit  education  books  government  history  photography  urbanism  urban  urbanexploration  urbanprairie  decay  architecture  archaeology  dystopia  exploration  schools  publishing 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Sweet Juniper! - The knowledge of what happened, and what will
"The reaction I have received to my photos of the current state of the Detroit Public Schools book depository/Roosevelt Warehouse...felt compelled to find out what actually happened before I laid the blame at their feet."
urbandecay  detroit  education  books  government  history  photography  urbanism  urban  urbanexploration  decay  art  libraries  schools  politics 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Ballardian: the World of J.G. Ballard » The Light-Painter of Mojave D: An Interview with Troy Paiva
"When I was 13 my family went on a road trip...I wandered that town alone for hours, slack-jawed at the thought that people would just walk away from furnished houses and businesses, a whole city, and never come back. I was hooked for life."
urbandecay  urbanexploration  exploration  photography  tonypaiva 
june 2008 by robertogreco

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