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Glenn Adamson is the head of research at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the author of Thinking Through Craft, a critical appraisal of the value, position and possibilities for modern craft production. He’ll be speaking this weekend at the University of Oregon. (Saturday 2/21, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch St. 2:30pm)
The March issue of The Atlantic features an interesting article by Richard Florida on the effects that the economic/housing collapse may have on the use of space in America. Among Florida’s proposals are a shift from home ownership to long-term renting and the development of suburbs into higher-density nodes within urban metro-zones. Here’s a quote:
If there is one constant in the history of capitalist development, it is the ever-more-intensive use of space. Today, we need to begin making smarter use of both our urban spaces and the suburban rings that surround them—packing in more people, more affordably, while at the same time improving their quality of life. That means liberal zoning and building codes within cities to allow more residential development, more mixed-use development in suburbs and cities alike, the in-filling of suburban cores near rail links, new investment in rail, and congestion pricing for travel on our roads. Not everyone wants to live in city centers, and the suburbs are not about to disappear. But we can do a much better job of connecting suburbs to cities and to each other, and allowing regions to grow bigger and denser without losing their velocity.
Ben Schumacher has posted a clever homage to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ Perfect Lovers.
Ben Schumacher, Perfect Lovers(Narcissism) – After Gonzalez-Torres (2009)
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Sad to read that the TVCC tower was destroyed last night when a blitz of New Year fireworks in downtown Beijing set the building on fire. Luckily the building was not in operation yet and
no injuries have been reported only one fatality has been reported. Friends of ours spent years developing this project only to see it ruined.
Photo: David Gray/Reuters
Thought provoking post from Allison Arieff at the NY Times design blog on the future of failing suburbs.