OBSERVATORY : JESSICA HELFAND
In the tiny, intersecting nexus of my own personal Venn diagram sit several of my key obsessions: biographical stories, exqusite gardens, and masterful typography. So naturally, I am a fool for cemeteries.
PLACES : TIM LOVE
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."
CHANGE OBSERVER : MARK DERY
Blogger Geoff Manaugh is the acknowledged auteur of architecture fiction. On BLDGBLOG, Manaugh reads our built — and unbuilt — environments like a cultural radiologist, scanning them for evidence of social pathologies, symptoms of the post-apocalyptic. It's the thrillingly sci-fi sweep of Manaugh's critical worldview that makes "Landscapes of Quarantine," the group show he curated with Nicola Twilley, so disappointing.
OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER
Here are Today's images.
PLACES : MIMI ZEIGER
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.
OBSERVATORY : MICHAEL ERARD
During times of massive cultural change, one of the casualties is what life of work one can aspire to achieve and create. Career paths, aspirations, and dream jobs once were stable things. Maybe they were bequeathed from mentors to students, from parents to children, only in some imagined golden age. But at least you could, in the span of your own career, set out on a path that would change little.
CHANGE OBSERVER : AMANDA HURLEY
A furniture show and collection riffs on the similarity of the Portuguese words luxo (luxury) and lixo (rubbish).
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on One World Futbol produced by Hope Is a Game-Changer.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2008
As the planet warms, rising seas will endanger coastal communities around the world. Engineer Guy Nordenson proposes a bold plan to protect New York City.