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WEEKLY EMAIL: JUNE 10, 2010


In Search of Sukkah City

FEATURED THIS WEEK : THOMAS DE MONCHAUX

In Search of Sukkah City

Sukkah City: NYC 2010 is a design/build architecture competition that will support and build a dozen experimental pavilions in Union Square Park in New York City this Fall. Here, co-organizer Thomas de Monchaux explores the very old questions that the sukkah seem to eternally inspire — as an idea, tradition, place, structure and festival. It's a perplexing design challenge, to say the least.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JULIE LASKY

Protect Me from What I Want

In 2002, a slim Asian-Canadian New Yorker in his twenties, who often gave the impression of being the most negligible person in a room, approached the artist Jenny Holzer at a Manhattan gallery and asked her to inscribe a message on his forearm.
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PLACES : MITCHELL SCHWARZER

A Sense of Place, A World of Augmented Reality: Part 2

In the second part of his two-part essay — please see the first installment, below — architectural historian Mitchell Schwarzer continues to examine how the mediating technologies of augmented reality, combined with rapidly proliferating social networking sites, are reshaping the experience of place. "Like spiking a drink," Schwarzer writes, "Augmented reality punches up both our visual field and our consciousness." And what is more, he argues, the new technologies promise to bring about "nothing less than a new epoch of social relations."
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PLACES : MITCHELL SCHWARZER

A Sense of Place, A World of Augmented Reality: Part 1

In these early days of the digital revolution, the introduction of game-changing, paradigm-shifting technology can seem almost ordinary. Here, in the first of a two-part essay, architectural historian Mitchell Schwarzer explores how technology — especially the real-time, mediating imageries of augmented reality — influences how we perceive and inhabit place. "We're in the first stage of a transformation of our sense of place," he writes, "as momentous as that which occurred a couple of centuries ago, when products from smoke-stacked factories forged modern society." Today, he argues, the "convergence of mobile phone, camera, wireless Internet and satellite communication — the key ingredients of the digital handheld — accelerates the reconstitution of place from real, occupied space to a collage of here and there, past and present." We will feature part two tomorrow.
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OBSERVATORY : CAROLYN DEUSCHLE

Welcome Home: Emily Hass's SIDES Berlin

A bicycle ride in the freezing rain in east Berlin brought artist Emily Hass to the featherbed factory her family owned there before the war. That address was the only concrete piece of information she had about her family's life in Berlin; her father, Gerald Hass, escaped Berlin in 1938 at age four, but never spoke openly about his experiences in Germany. Although the building that once housed the factory was still standing, it had been converted into a printing press. Nevertheless, Hass managed to gain access to it, and to explore its many rooms and meet its current occupants.
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER

Today, 06.05.10

Here are Today's images.
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Kiva

Report on Kiva, the pioneering microfinance site, which won a 2009 INDEX award for humanitarian design.
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Western Civic Art: Works in Progress

In 1989 Phoenix, Arizona, commissioned one of the first public art master plans. The city now has one of the strongest public art programs in the country.
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