FEATURED THIS WEEK : JONATHAN MASSEY
"So you want to change the world? Start by changing the built environment." Here architect and educator Jonathan Massey offers a guide, "idiosyncratic and partial," to activism through architecture. Massey describes how the cumulative effects of comparatively ordinary activities — voting, shopping, building a house, organizing a community, throwing a party — can make our lives better — more just, responsible, connected and convivial.
CENTER FOR LAND USE INTERPRETATION
Every year 28 million barrels of petroleum are extracted from the 41 fields located within Los Angeles — making L.A. the most urban oil-producing site in the nation. Created by the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and now on exhibit at its gallery in Culver City, Urban Crude
photo-documents this metropolitan petroscape — paying special attention to the myriad efforts to camouflage the fact that some 5,000 wells remain active in the second most populous city in the U.S.
, marking ten years of the National Design Awards program, opened last month at the Cooper-Hewitt. Mimi Zeiger describes an exhibition that balances a celebration of innovative (and often pricey) artifacts with recognition of our recessionary times.
PLACES ARCHIVE: SUMMER 1983
A 1983 interview with James Turrell, then beginning his transformation of the Roden Crater. The monumental work is scheduled to open to the public in 2012.
University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
The fields of architecture and urban planning are poised to undergo dramatic
changes. Beginning in the nineties, we saw the emergence of the "star"
architect as a cultural force and the consolidation of architecture as an agent
for physical and economic change in cities across the world. The 2008 Summer
Olympics in Beijing were a culmination of this era and a demonstration of the
potential power of architecture. However, this model of practice has already
shown its limits, its weaknesses, and its flaws. It is safe to say that a new
generation of practitioners will not be able to follow in the footsteps of its
predecessors and, more importantly, should not.