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The Rule of Logistics — University of Minnesota Press
"How the world’s largest retailer is redefining architecture by organizing flows of merchandise and information across space and time Jesse LeCavalier analyzes Walmart’s stores, distribution centers, databases, and inventory practices to make sense of its spatial and architectural ramifications. A major new contribution to architectural history and theory, The Rule of Logistics helps us understand how retailing today is changing our bodies, brains, buildings, and cities. "
book  publisher  architecture  business  business-model  design  logistics  efficiency 
november 2016 by tsuomela
The Architecture of Error | The MIT Press
"When architects draw even brick walls to six decimal places with software designed to cut lenses, it is clear that the logic that once organized relations between precision and material error in construction has unraveled. Precision, already a promiscuous term, seems now to have been uncoupled from its contract with truthfulness. Meanwhile error, and the always-political space of its dissent, has reconfigured itself. In The Architecture of Error Francesca Hughes argues that behind the architect’s acute fetishization of redundant precision lies a special fear of physical error. What if we were to consider the pivotal cultural and technological transformations of modernism to have been driven not so much by the causes its narratives declare, she asks, as by an unspoken horror of loss of control over error, material life, and everything that matter stands for? Hughes traces the rising intolerance of material vagaries—from the removal of ornament to digitalized fabrication—that produced the blind rejection of organic materials, the proliferation of material testing, and the rhetorical obstacles that blighted cybernetics. Why is it, she asks, that the more we cornered physical error, the more we feared it? Hughes’s analysis of redundant precision exposes an architecture of fear whose politics must be called into question. Proposing error as a new category for architectural thought, Hughes draws on other disciplines and practices that have interrogated precision and failure, citing the work of scientists Nancy Cartwright and Evelyn Fox Keller and visual artists Gordon Matta-Clark, Barbara Hepworth, Rachel Whiteread, and others. These non-architect practitioners, she argues, show that error need not be excluded and precision can be made accountable."
book  publisher  architecture  materiality  risk  error  measurement  engineering 
march 2015 by tsuomela
‘Suburban’ is not the same as ‘theologically conservative’
The suburbanization of American Christianity has had a huge impact on institutional and denominational structures. Automobile-shaped development has produced an automobile-shaped ecclesiology. The car has abolished the possibility of the parish. And that, in turn, has helped to redefine “neighbor” as a matter of preference more than of proximity — as optional rather than obligatory. That redefinition is rather significant, since “Who is my neighbor?” is kind of an important question for Christians. Annotated link
religion  geography  suburbia  automobile  transportation  design  architecture  belief  evangelical  conservative 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Kazys Varnelis: Infrastructural Fields | Quaderns
"It is time for architects to understand that the structures of infrastructural modernity are just so many ruins and, in conceiving of new infrastructures for the millennium, to learn how to embrace the new modulated world of invisible fields." Annotated link
infrastructure  fields  modernism  postmodernism  architecture 
june 2012 by tsuomela
NEXT Architects - Modern Architecture Game
The Modern Architecture Game is the second edition of the architecture game. The first edition was launched on 30 August 1999. It was the first project collaboration involving the four partners at NEXT architects and was distributed in the private environment of Delft University of Technology.
game  architecture  modern  modern-art 
may 2012 by tsuomela
The Architecture of Information: Architecture, Interaction Design and the Patterning of Digital Information (Paperback) - Routledge
"This book looks at relationships between the organization of physical objects in space and the organization of ideas. Historical, philosophical, psychological and architectural knowledge are united to develop an understanding of the relationship between information and its representation.

Despite its potential to break the mould, digital information has relied on metaphors from a pre-digital era. In particular, architectural ideas have pervaded discussions of digital information, from the urbanization of cyberspace in science fiction, through to the adoption of spatial visualizations in the design of graphical user interfaces. This book tackles:

the historical importance of physical places to the organization and expression of knowledge
the limitations of using the physical organization of objects as the basis for systems of categorization and taxonomy
the emergence of digital technologies and the twentieth century new conceptual understandings of knowledge and its organization
the concept of disconnecting storage of information objects from their presentation and retrieval
ideas surrounding ‘semantic space’
the realities of the types of user interface which now dominate modern computing."
book  publisher  information-science  information  architecture  space 
april 2012 by tsuomela
The Architect Has No Clothes | On the Commons
"Environmental psychologists have long known about this widespread and puzzling phenomenon. Laboratory results show conclusively that architects literally see the world differently from non-architects. Not only do architects notice and look for different aspects of the environment than other people
architecture  design  urban  urbanism  psychology  bias  perception  psychogeography 
october 2011 by tsuomela
How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme - Jobs
Indeed, my friend Charles Marohn and his colleagues at the Minnesota-based nonprofit Strong Towns have made a very compelling case that suburban sprawl is basically a Ponzi scheme, in which municipalities expand infrastructure hoping to attract new taxpayers that can pay off the mounting costs associated with the last infrastructure expansion, over and over. Especially as maintenance costs increase, there is never enough to pay the bill, because we are building in such expensive, inefficient ways.
urban  urbanism  design  architecture  infrastructure  government  local  municipal  economics  development  suburbia 
october 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Small cities
"A recent post on the suburbs closed with the observation that there is an important "other" social space in the United States beyond the categories of urban, rural, and suburban. These are the small cities throughout the United States where a significant number of people come to maturity and develop their families and careers. I speculated that perhaps there is a distinctive sociology associated with these lesser urban places. Here I will look into this question a bit more fully."
suburbia  urban  design  architecture  population  demography  sociology  experience  metropolitan-area 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Glass House Conversations : Can we see the effect of CAD yet in contemporary buildings? Other than the obvious and largely well-received example of Frank Gehry, what architecture can we point to as evidence of the positives? What are the hidden costs of d
"Do you think the effect of CAD is discernable yet in the built environment of the last ten years? Hand drawing is now barely part of an architect's education, and totally absent from practice. For all its advantages of convenience this technology will change the end result of form in architecture in ways that are hard to predict."
architecture  technology  technology-effects  design  computer  cad  via:askpang 
july 2011 by tsuomela
BLDGBLOG: Spacesuit: An Interview with Nicholas de Monchaux
"Nicholas de Monchaux is an architect, historian, and educator based in Berkeley, California. His work spans a huge range of topics and scales, as his new and utterly fascinating book, Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, makes clear.

From the fashionable worlds of Christian Dior and Playtex to the military-industrial complex working overtime on efforts to create a protective suit for U.S. exploration of the moon, and from early computerized analyses of urban management to an "android" history of the French court, all by way of long chapters on the experimental high-flyers and military theorists who collaborated to push human beings further and further above the weather—and eventually off the planet itself—de Monchaux's book shows the often shocking juxtapositions that give such rich texture and detail to the invention of the spacesuit: pressurized clothing for human survival in space."
book  interview  space  history  sts  science  architecture  design  fashion  1960s  apollo-program  exploration  technology  technology-effects 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Pocket Neighborhoods • Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World
"Pocket neighborhoods are clustered groups of neighboring houses or apartments gathered around some sort of shared open space — a garden courtyard, a pedestrian street, a series of joined backyards, or a reclaimed alley — all of which have a clear sense of territory and shared stewardship. They can be in urban, suburban or rural areas."
design  architecture  urban  urbanism  suburbia  community  commons  scale  small-is-beautiful 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Ivory Towers of Debt |
"No wonder, then that university presidents are enamored with flashy construction projects which are much easier to justify to boards than equitably-paid faculty or low tuition for students (indeed, both of these are at odds with the sort of mentality that Ho observes on Wall Street: employees are always disposable and any university that keeps tuition down must be failing to charge apporpriately for its services).* After a few years at a university, the building-enamored president moves on to bigger and better digs, leaving faculty to struggle to get grants to fill buildings that shouldn't have been built in the first place."
academia  university  building  architecture  money  financial-services 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Everybody's a Critic |
"What interests me about all of the above blogs is that they situate architecture within a broader context. Disciplinarity is dying at a rapid clip. I suspect the lament is partly a reaction to the end of disciplinarity. We are losing our ability to talk about architecture on its own terms."
architecture  design  criticism  boundaries  discipline  interdisciplinary  weblog-recommendations 
april 2011 by tsuomela
2. Space. Pervasive Simultaneity and the Financialization of Everyday Life |
Two shows of architecture at the Museum of Modern Art-"Light Construction" of 1996 and the "Unprivate House" of 1999-inaugurate the supermodernism in architecture and design that marks network culture...This new modernism lacks any desire for complexity or linguistics, instead demonstrating fascination with simple shapes, with materials and transparency, with the performance of the structure itself..

But this is happiness for the few. Stripped of its utopian aspiration, supermodernism has become a sink for overaccumulated wealth. Worker housing has all but vanished, often literally dismantled or privatized. Instead, network culture is marked by the luxury condominiums and cultural centers (museums, concert halls) that rose across global cities worldwide during the real estate boom of the 2000s.
art  architecture  history  modernism  postmodernism  globalization  finance 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Architecture in the Age of Gehry | Culture | Vanity Fair
What is the most important piece of architecture built since 1980? Vanity Fair’s survey of 52 experts, including 11 Pritzker Prize winners, has provided a clear answer: Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. But parsing the votes, which also anointed Renzo Piano’s Menil Collection, Peter Zumthor’s Thermal Baths, and Sir Norman Foster’s HSBC Building, among other significant structures, Matt Tyrnauer examines the complex legacy of Modernism and the impact of its greatest renegade.
art  architecture 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Nimble Cities: Can eliminating parking spots make cities more efficient? - By Tom Vanderbilt - Slate Magazine
Unless you are involved in transportation, local government, or real estate, the words "minimum parking requirements" may be unfamiliar to you. And yet their influence is all around you. Parking minimums are municipal provisions that require developers building a new project—whether commercial or residential—to also construct a minimum number of new parking spaces, often without regard to the presence of nearby transit options or even actual need.
cities  urban  urbanism  traffic  design  parking  architecture  suburbia  law  code  regulation 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Energy and the Empire State | Miller-McCune Online
The King Kong of buildings makes efficiency pay, but how much energy renovation should come from regulators?
building  environment  architecture  retrofit  energy 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Lowering the Ceiling on Roof Energy Losses: Scientific American Podcast
Via a proprietary technique, the researchers turn waste cooking oil into a liquid polymer, which hardens after application. As a roof coating, the polymer can reflect or absorb depending on conditions: it changes reflectivity at a particular temperature and so goes from reflecting light and emitting heat in the dog days to absorbing light and retaining heat in the cold.
energy  technology  efficiency  housing  sustainability  building  architecture 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Weblog on infrastructure, transportation, planning, etc.
weblog-group  infrastructure  architecture  design  transportation  politics  planning 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Against Situationism |
Situationism's fatal flaw is that although one of its sources is Leftist thought (admittedly, Communism was hard to avoid in postwar France), its goal was always to valorize individual experience over the collective.
urbanism  geography  architecture  art  culture  history  philosophy  situationism  leftism  politics  urban 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Someday, A Tiny Subway Will Deliver Your Groceries | Autopia |
Of the proposals, the Cargo Tunnel really caught our attention. The guys behind it — a former Intel employee and a UC-Berkeley professor among them — say they’ve developed a miniature tunnel boring machine (TBM) that can create the network of necessary tunnels without disrupting life above ground.
infrastructure  future  robotics  transportation  technology  tunnel  design  urban  architecture 
august 2009 by tsuomela
More on Frank Gehry, public spaces, etc - James Fallows
I used to think that a topic like -- oh, let's see, US-China friction -- was controversial, or climate change, or Google-v-Microsoft, or McNamara-v-Rumsfeld. That was before I innocently stepped into the crossfire concerning the effect of "star-chitects" like Frank Gehry on the urban landscape.
art  architecture  urban  cities  design 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Relevant History: Demolishing the future
The New York Times has a piece (Future Vision Banished to the Past") about the likely destruction of Kisho Kurokawa’s Nakagin Capsule Tower, a "rare built example of Japanese Metabolism, a movement whose fantastic urban visions became emblems of the country’s postwar cultural resurgence."
architecture  art  design  futurism 
july 2009 by tsuomela
To live in a city in a globalizing world is, inevitably, to live in a globalizing city.
Where brings together urbanists from all walks of life living in cities around the world to poke, prod, and otherwise examine everything urban in an effort to maintain a global conversation about this increasingly vital subject matter.
weblog-group  urban  urbanism  development  design  architecture 
april 2009 by tsuomela
NPR: Which Country Has The Most Mall Space? That Would Be Us
US v. European retail space - 20.2 sq/ft per person v. 3.3 (Sweden) and lower
retail  space  architecture 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Stick Stuck
Article on building codes and modular home construction in America.
housing  urbanism  design  architecture  building  america 
february 2009 by tsuomela
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