CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK
More than 1 billion people worldwide lack access to clean water. The rest of us have an unlimited flow from the tap. Daniel H. Whitman, a Chicago architect and social entrepreneur, wants to link these two extremes.
OBSERVATORY : ALICE TWEMLOW
An Amazon reviewer called N.A. Cat Lover, who turns out to be a doctor from Tampa, Florida, bought a self-washing, self-flushing cat toilet. His review is not just hilarious; it can also be seen as an example of a democratizing impulse in design criticism.
PLACES : GAVIN BROWNING, MICHELLE FORNABAI
Tonight Studio-X — an initiative of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia — is opening "ink," a show of ink-on-Mylar drawings by artist-architect Michelle Fornabai. The exhibition was shown last summer at Studio-X Beijing, and tonight's event will feature a simulcast between participants in Bejing and New York including Fornabai, GSAPP dean Mark Wigley, and filmmaker Jonas Mekas. Places is pleased to present a selection of images from "ink."
OBSERVATORY : SARAH WILLIAMS GOLDHAGEN
In judging any urban development, one must consider what it replaced, what it is and what it might have been instead. As to the first and the second: Moshe Safdie's nearly completed Mamilla Alrov Center in Jerusalem, the last portion of a 28-acre mixed-use development, is superb.
PLACES : CHRISTINE MACY
Last week we featured articles and videos that focus on the prospect of a new era of public works — and the challenges of making that happen. So naturally we were interested in Dams
, the latest in the Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks, just published by Norton. As Christine Macy notes, dams are a monumental presence in the landscape, and controversial too — hailed as feats of engineering and vilified as destroyers of habitat. Here we offer an excerpt and a slideshow focusing on the legacy of the 1930s and '40s, with period images suggesting the complex, years-long construction processes of Tennessee Valley Authority dams and of Hoover and Grand Coulee, two of the largest hydroelectric dams in the U.S. Something to contemplate as the current administration struggles to stimulate the economy and smarten the energy grid.
OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER
Here are Today's images.
UC Berkeley Spring Program
College of Environmental Design
2.3.10 – 2.6.10
UC Berkeley's spring celebration will focus on the global dynamics and sustainability challenges that could have not been foreseen when the CED was founded in 1959.
CHANGE OBSERVER : MITCH EPSTEIN
Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004 from American Power.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on the Chulha stove designed by Philips to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2006
A veteran city planner and educator analyzes the anemia of U.S. planning, and detects signs of life in neighborhood activism.