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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 21, 2010


Paper Architecture, Emerging Urbanism

FEATURED THIS WEEK : TIM LOVE

Paper Architecture, Emerging Urbanism

The great recession is inspiring a new generation of paper architecture (digitally produced, of course), as underemployed and often university-based designers propose speculative solutions to unfolding environmental crises and new infrastructural needs. Architect Tim Love see an opportunity to ground this speculative work in the realities of urban design, "to realign progressive practice with academic inquiry." And more, he sees an opportunity for architects to forge productive new links with landscape architects and to create "a complementary urban vision that would match that of the landscape urbanists in realism and intensity."
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MEENA KADRI

People's Way: Urban Mobility in Ahmedabad

Bus rapid transit — pioneered decades ago, most famously in Curitiba, Brazil — isn't as sexy or telegenic as light rail, yet it might be the more promising alternative to the car, with some researchers arguing that BRT systems are not only cheaper but also more efficient than rail networks. Here New Zealand-based design writer Meena Kadri reports on Janmarg — the People's Way — the new BRT system in Ahmedabad, India, a system that manages to mix transit innovation and traditional culture, and even offers yoga classes to the drivers. 
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MIMI ZEIGER

Two Feet High and Rising: On Optimism, Speculation and Oysters

The creative adaptation of New York Harbor in the face of rising sea levels: this is the kind of large urban-ecological design challenge we might confront as a result of global warming, and it is precisely the challenge taken up by Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront, now on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Speculative in nature — and definitely not "shovel ready" — the proposals that make up the exhibition were created during a three-month design charrette at P.S.I Contemporary Art Center. As Mimi Zeiger explains in her review, this was an unusual, even risky, process for a museum exhibition. 
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2009

Infrastructural Optimism

Learning from New Orleans, or why we really need a new New Deal.
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