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  • Javier Arbona | Geographer
    up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer selected works Forget Me Not an essay on police memorials and injustice at The New Inquiry Forthcoming articles coming soon in Landscape Journal Urban Reinventions collected essays on Treasure Island and the Bay Area University of Hawaii Press and the exhibition catalog for Beatriz Santiago Muñoz A Universe of Fragile Mirrors Pérez Art Museum Miami Recently Co authored piece with Demilit on a monument to networked surveillance in downtown Oakland OKLDCAAN Capital Building of the Oakland Security Cloud The Funambulist no 1 Militarized Cities Zone and Zone Out essay for Progressive Planning on planners policing and silence A book review of Jenna M Loyd Health Rights Are Civil Rights Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles 1963 1978 at Society and Space Variable World Bay Model Tour Salon talk transcript an event co curated with Chris Woebken and Avant org A review of Findery a geoweb app at the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians on the combination of a cartographic sensibility with a community that shares a passion of and for a mediated place Or something to listen to Funambulist Podcast with Demilit A Weaponized Urbanity Morning Drift in Militarized Downtown Oakland Not to forget participating with Winter Session 2013 Land Place Visuality Summer Session 2013 Walking Seminar

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  • The Rise of the Darists | Javier Arbona
    have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer The Rise of the Darists At long last Rice University School of Architecture s Plat 2 5 is out Actually it s been out for the last few months I have an essay called The Rise of the Darists In this essay dar is an abbreviation for design as research I explore what the rise of post critical forms of research discourses imply for architectural practice and its relevance to today s social needs Here s a quote Locating the boundaries of Dar is not simple but we may approximate its major threads and limitations Dar fuels the noticeable proclivity to fortify projects with large data sets and algorithm fueled software The translation of these data clouds into any number of scales and forms from parametrically derived undulating pavilions to urban farming master plans yields a popular impression of formal and rhetorical rigor underlying the project s gestation Although intricately related to a history of research practices in architecture Dar exceeds these Examining the idea of research in architecture doesn t fit into a single essay so perhaps this can be just a start But in

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  • Cuina casolana, Cocina casera, or Home cooking… | Javier Arbona
    Javier Arbona Voice and SMS 001 607 233 4615 via Google Voice Email arbona alum mit edu Twitter AlJavieera For mail address and video chat email to arrange More academia CV PDF Archived Archived Select Month February 2013 September 2011 July 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 May 2010 April 2010 December 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 Search Archives Search for Updates RSS feed RSS Posts RSS Comments Email Subscription Enter your email to receive rather infrequent notifications of posts Join 2 066 other followers The fine print This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3 0 United States License est pr is a domain courtesy of nic pr AlJavieera Error Twitter did not respond Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page Demilit Wars inside wars inside wars twitter com carolrosenberg 2 days ago RT AlJavieera The accusation is that The NY Times does everything to make war glamorous and even in some way reassuring https t co 3 days ago RT marymad demilit GARPAzoo twitter com vruz status 67 3 days ago RT AlJavieera Obama library Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got

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  • Revisit “The Known World” | Javier Arbona
    vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer Revisit The Known World Way back in oh 2007 which seems like ages and ages ago in web years I reviewed a book for the Urban Design Review published by the Forum for Urban Design The piece was about the now classic at least I would say it is Else Where Mapping New Cartographies of Networks and Territories from UMN Press Former Senior Editor Geoff Manaugh commissioned the review and it was a pleasure to collaborate with him as usual In the stream between reviewer to various editors a few things got lost and if you have yourself a copy of the Spring 2007 UDR you would have a final print that I was not so happy with Ex Editor In Chief David Haskell who no longer is with the Forum either was kind enough to post a revision on the Forum s website Now that all that seems to have mutated into a new website iteration and a new cadre of people the review is lost forever I fear Until now I ll repost it here because I for one was really impressed with the book and I think many of the ideas discussed are still relevant if not moreso in the current era of Google phones Twitter radical cartography etc Else Where Mapping New Cartologies of Networks and Territories University of Minnesota Design Institute 2006 320 pages 49 95 By Janet Abrams and Peter Hall Editors Reviewer Javier Arbona The Known World The State of Mapping Though I ll call it one here Else Where Mapping subtitled New Cartographies of Networks and Territories is not a book It is a book project a meticulously designed object filled with cross indexed essays and images using a custom cartographic visual language which tends to get a bit distracting sometimes Ambitious For sure To prove it the back flap opens up to display a beautiful diagrammatic map by W Bradford Paley that arranges miniscule images of all the pages and all the text lines of the entire book into an oval Inside that oval there is a cloud of significant words used in common by all the authors and these have been ordered in size according to the ones most repeated So what do the standouts hint about what to find in this publication World city urban Mapping people space design social network To produce the book the editors Janet Abrams and Peter Hall of the University of Minnesota Design Institute assembled an unruly mob of artists architects and writers with their own various takes on mapping a word deliberately chosen for its active unfinished connotations Fortunately the resulting supermarket of contents brings together ideological opposites albeit mostly from within the creative arts Too often I was left hoping for more of an exposé on cartographic tools such as the interactive strategy table invented by Applied Minds Inc and Northrop Grumman found outside the worlds of art patronage and consumer design Nonetheless through the careful curatorial work of Abrams and Hall as well as Deborah Littlejohn s graphic design that attempts to unify the whole Else Where Mapping stays close to its mission to survey the challenge that the rise of the universalizing virtual network poses to previous analog cartographies of space and rebellious uses of the city Many scholars of urban design planning and geography are well aware of Michel de Certeau s criticism of the celestial projection as an essential tool for spatial ordering and governing From above he wrote in 1984 in The Practice of Everyday Life the imaginary eye point makes the complexity of the city readable and immobilizes its opaque mobility in a transparent text De Certeau argued that the lived and practiced city began below cartographies walking itself could be a form of eluding the bureaucracy of the space planner Herman Melville might have agreed suggests GPS artist Jeremy Wood in the first pages of Else Where Mapping by way of selecting a Melville quote It is not down in any map true places never are But as David Harvey has wondered what place is not filled by a space imbued with a sense of the universally agreed upon calculations of money and time Historically maps created what he called a new chronological net for human exploration and action We often forget the centrality of maps in the modern outlook for they not only forge a mental construct of traversable abstract and commodifiable space but also allow us to determine the time it takes to get from point A to B and of course how long to stay there Even when we re not looking at a paper or digital map cognitive maps easily facilitate the classic time is money equation Are there places that can be experienced beyond this regime In a way new communication networks by compressing time and collapsing distances only expand notions of abstract space into more areas of life thereby challenging neither modern space nor time Or so it seems That is the gauntlet thrown for Elsewhere Mapping Do networks or rather their flattening into images become a new level of intrusion that make invisible practices perceivable and if so perhaps subsuming more corners of life into that ever expanding chronological net Or on the contrary might the individual free herself from the oppression of maps by visualizing new cartographies of sociability and of identity maybe even by creating new true places if only at times virtual ones Designers in multiple disciplines as the introductory essay suggests are in a position to bridge the digital and the physical by mapping creatively For better or worse that is the power that they have though not always aware of it In order to show how the contributors approached these problems the editors divided their three ring circus into four sections The sections move from the theoretical Mapping Networks in a sense lays the foundation of the network trope to a

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  • A Reprise of Toshiko Mori | Javier Arbona
    del AIA desde el 2005 y dirige el Departamento de Arquitectura en la Universidad de Harvard Visité su despacho en Manhattan para dialogar con ella sobre su obra e investigaciones Toshiko Mori recently visited Puerto Rico and gave a conference on February 24 2006 at the School of Architecture University of Puerto Rico The date was part of a calendar of events celebrating the school s fortieth anniversary Mori is a Fellow of the AIA since 2005 and formerly chaired the Department of Architecture at Harvard University s Design School En medio del bullicio de las firmas célebres y los proyectos aparentemente cada vez más arriesgados formalmente Toshiko Mori practica una arquitectura comedida y a veces hasta etérea cuando un contexto parece reclamarlo Quizás por eso ha tenido la fortuna de recibir comisiones en algunos de los sitios más intimidantes pero apremiantes ya sea por su vulnerabilidad ecológica o su legado construido Por ejemplo le ha correspondido diseñar el Centro de Visitantes para la casa Martin de Frank Lloyd Wright en Buffalo Nueva York En su charla describió ese proyecto como diminutivo pero monumental aunque así mismo podría estar hablando de varios edificios suyos In the midst of the celebrated firms and projects seemingly more and more risqué in terms of form Toshiko Mori practices architecture that seems restrained and even ethereal especially when a context seems to really call for that Perhaps for this reason she has had the good fortune of receiving commissions in some sites that would seem most intimidating but also rewarding be it for their ecological precariousness or their built legacy For example she took on the Visitor s Center for the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin house in Buffalo NY In her talk she described this project as small but monumental she could have been referring to many of her projects A lo largo de su carrera pedagógica y profesional Toshiko Mori ha buscado enraizar sus criterios arquitectónicos la pureza de la línea la liviandad visual el anclaje en el entorno el comportamiento térmico de la obra con una investigación rigurosa en las propiedades de materiales especialmente aquellos sintéticos El resultado es un corpus fiel a sus antepasados modernistas como Edward Larabee Barnes y simultáneamente un trabajo fresco distinto y atrevido Con ese tema abrimos nuestra conversación Throughout her career in education and practice Toshiko Mori has sought to tie her architectural concerns the purity of the line visual lightness contextual anchoring thermal performance with a rigorous investigation into the properties of materials especially synthetic ones The result is a body of work that is faithful to her mentors like Edward Larabee Barnes and also fresh different and daring With this topic we opened our conversation Javier Arbona I know that you worked for Barnes and for Isamu Noguchi There you have two ends of a spectrum but both very modern On one end very rational and on the other hand more intuitive and sort of sensual ways of working with material I want to ask you to respond to that and do you see it in your work with materials Toshiko Mori Edward Larabee Barnes whom I worked for is a really classic modernist Now I teach at Harvard but I never studied there but it really is a Walter Gropius tradition of more of a European classic European modernism Gropius Breuer coming in here doing all this more box like very rational and very clean It s actually It s interesting someone that I studied with and I taught with John Hejduk in Cooper Union was also at Harvard And then he has a more intuitive more poetic approach direct but there is a sort of rigor about tectonics really that comes from that particular tradition And then I worked for Noguchi I was at architecture school a student JA When you were at Cooper Union TM Yeah And then I was doing drawings or models He would do sketches and site plan and he shared an office with Bucky Fuller They had a company called Noguchi Fountain and Plaza Inc They would go and try to get large public projects together It s an interesting studio It s actually artists and visionary architects much more technology oriented Bucky Fuller was really not interested in natural materials because he thought there were limits Whereas Noguchi of course was totally reaching into the potential and rediscovering potential in natural materials So you see Bucky Fuller s inventions it really is all about the artificial and all about going beyond the limit of materiality Very theoretically based So it was kind of interesting to see these polar opposites having an office together And then someone like Barnes is more of a rationalist but he was also very sensitive to climate Not necessarily more of a classical modernist like Philip Johnson who was interested in the form itself and more of a formal approach to modernism Where he Barnes site and climate was very intuitive So that kind of variety in different modernist positions was very interesting to me JA The Case Study houses California after the war in that moment in history there was perhaps a cultural willingness and there was an economy that allowed a certain amount of experimentation in architecture How do you feel in trying to establish a lab in that way Is it possible to do that today TM I think so I think what is very different from the profession from maybe 10 15 years ago is that practice has more research in it There is more exploration more study from programming to materials to technology So it is much more speculative Before design was more linear The structural engineers figuring out the materials making the shape work but I think there is much more in depth discourse within the practice which allows emergence of materials practice including technologies to arrive at a solution that is much more integrated JA The fruits of that kind of collaboration and research that

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  • Architecture imagined as ecological | Javier Arbona
    energy consumption but is usually passive or silent about the overabundant economic resources of its patrons except to sometimes mildly chastise their bad taste For another thing the implicit focus on consumers of energy of resources of food validates the continual restoration of a global project of resource and space distribution Architecture and planning help with the order and design of this distribution but practitioners can t face it Sustainable architecture has circumscribed itself to an environmental crisis but not a geopolitical one probably so as to not offend any clients The economic crisis has hit architects very hard and it partially evinces how interlaced the bubble economy and ecological principles were We can t even look at now historic images of green buildings in Dubai without a painful grimace The mythical rupture with the past rears its head again But what is the global idea of self proclaimed green architecture How do we see nature and our uses of it through the representations made by these forms of architecture I think we can identify two general responses to the questions Both treat the environmental crisis as a problem whose solution lies in addressing consumption As David Gissen points out pdf both responses also treat the natural and the social as two separate spheres To this we should also add that both responses reassert an age old divorce between city and country at the expense of the country and the gain of the city By the way let me stop here and address what might be a big protest in the mind of the reader I suspect that even when flashing images of production in the form of vertical farms and windmills the real anxiety beneath the image is about how we might sustain our first world consumption not create say a more bearable life for the actual human laborers that will compose the new rurban peasant class in these future cities let alone even think about what the future countryside will be like hint it ll be more brutal not less In addition the mode of thinking of green or ecological urbanism ultimately defends a hazy abstract idea of cities at all costs as inherently good for the planet And defends a notion of the world in which first world cities do not yield their place as the governators of finance power truth migrations ideas But let s continue The first of these responses in the architecture world is abstention This architecture imagines a world without humans Architecture therefore is our UFO for visiting a planet that we can only damage and we should not touch No surprise either that architects are so obsessed with documenting the design of post apocalyptic bunkers temporary military structures inflatables of all sorts and polar research stations no worry I love em too The second trend which seems to dominate architects imaginations nowadays even more is a strategy that attempts a metabolic relation with the planet supposing that idealized science as if science wasn t ideological can reveal the correct balance I admit my own enthusiastic participation in this trend too As much as anyone I still demand and expect a response to our modernity s crass relation to the environment Nevertheless the current architectural operations proposing this kind of benevolent cycling base their idea of nature on a nice Eden Have you ever seen any green architects show renderings of their green cities in the fall or winter or on a cloudy day or in any inclement weather for that matter This is no mere coincidence These ideas of nature are so rooted in the historic first world domestication of the rudeness of nature that their authors confuse socialized nature with primeval nature itself If we only let nature work it would give us everything we need to consume Did everyone think that so much lushness and farming envisioned in the city aren t going to open up new Pandora s boxes of infectious diseases and sanitation problems as we come into contact with more manure more bacteria and more wild animals that we urbanites are not at all naturalized to Of course that s all fine and dandy our powerful scientific establishment will hopefully take care of it but if you thought that inoculations would be fairly distributed to the urban world population think again This message brought to you by Pfizer Both of these architectural trends idealize nature as divorced from the economy society and politics Both think of nature as a self regenerating realm They distort history because they forget that nature has always been social starting with how as Donna Haraway among others has articulated the body itself inside and out has evolved through survival mechanisms necessitated by a larger totality Worse of all as Gissen also points out see Anxious Climate pdf architects in these camps seem to isolate in their minds the knowledge necessary for their design enterprise from what they know about the nature they conceptualize We have to ask ourselves how do we even know about the environmental crisis in the first place if not through the tools satellites computers genetic tests that reveal it These tools of course are part and parcel of the industrial revolution that brought on the crisis itself while at the same time strains of green architecture use them to measure flows of energy quantify wastes produce renderings and wire buildings throughout with the high tech communications that we demand As Gissen says In attempting to maintain an imagined separate natural world we have proliferated a messy network of links between nature and society Or in other words it s harder to isolate society from nature than what we want to think or shall we go on this voyage without navigation tools Of course some architects still latch onto that sort of radical back to nature primitivism As countless theorists have revealed we re dealing with a natural world that for some might seem implausible because of how artificial

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  • “High Quality Rolex Replica Watches” | Javier Arbona
    of socio communal actions and personalized rights Related to this we also have contradictions such as the one between trademark and defeat censorware which imagines somehow a utopia with private rights but without censorship For larger image more examples and discussion see the slideshow image captured on March 29 2009 Continuing on In other words the more you have to log on the more likely you are an educated professional of a certain income bracket or with certain cultural capital and the more you re likely to engage as consumer or producer with blogs Privacy and rights have been heavily discussed in recent years and yet labor time as a blogger or a content contributor on social networking sites like Facebook which are private content providers or labor rights as online producers are not problematized much at all If there is such a thing right now as a unifying consciousness of a blogger it is one along the lines of being digital consumers with consumer right demands not workers Now on the other hand a glance at some of the most powerful blog platforms and social sharing sites i e wordpress blogger technorati delicious can give us an idea of what content people are tagging online What emerges often is a picture that shows professional identities and professional or academic categories becoming less important For example medicine is no longer a privileged discipline see image below taken from wordpress com on March 29 2009 digitally altered to highlight tags Web filtering seems to have less use for it than say health which emerges in its stead to cross disciplinary boundaries and interest areas This lends the impression that the web democratizes content and spans the general public the news media and the professionals as equal agents in an even field above wages Is there a coincidence in this phenomenon preceding one of the most massive periods of wage devaluation ever for journalists and other knowledge workers However not everyone tags content Tagging the practice of cataloging online content in a publicly visible way is a cousin to blogging Both inevitably fall into specialized communities that socially privilege them more than other communities One might reasonably assume that tech professionals programmers web designers entrepreneurs spend the most time blogging and cataloging content that is of interest to them and a quick skim of delicious can bear this out But then I would argue that far from being a distorted metric of web culture the amplification and dissemination of web literature through practices like blogging and tagging can then have an active dialectical role in shaping the overall perception and culture of the web architecture culture among it a culture that slants more heavily to ideologies of innovation progress techno fetishism green salvation and open source all these often refracted through a lens of masculinity In this light the question is then how authority is established on the web and does it really dissolve and reconfigure itself along with the seemingly disappearing boundaries My tentative unscientific conclusion to this is that while disciplines do get reconfigured some of their members fading out into off line irrelevance perhaps traditional disciplinary categories can gain traction and entrenchment as they adapt the dominant practices of the web as badges of authority but all the while leaving powerful ideologies of the web alone including malformed concepts of plurality democracy and the web as aspatial or post geographical Architecture talk on the web of course is not any different here and criticism has unfortunately not stepped in to respond In addition I have a crude suspicion that a fascination with informal architecture an identifiable strain in architecture blogging i e airoots has been due to an unfortunate parallelism made by bloggers between representations of the web as somehow free from state control and slums Let s close in on architecture for the sake of brevity Let me talk for a moment about the most popular blogs in architecture I think it s important to remember that maybe to an extent more than anything before them blogs seem to achieve their buoyancy not from some baptismal light shone upon them by institutions of power at least not always and do achieve it from their virtual and real life networks As the popular wisdom goes they achieve prominence through popular citation organically rising to the top of the cumulus Nonetheless architecture blogging probably like any other discipline online also has a pyramidal structure that can greatly accelerate the vetting process from above to below both online as in Archinect s school blog project better postings are often selected for the news feed as well as in real events like Postopolis or from communities where the important architecture related bloggers meet the Pantheon of West Coast digerati My own cursory count puts among others Inhabitat the green savvy future forward design for the world you inhabit at the top of that heap Also most influential is of course I think many of you know this Geoff Manaugh s laudable bldgblog architectural conjecture urban speculation landscape futures In addition to those Dezeen Interactive Architecture Pruned DailyDose and MoCoLoco a modern and contemporary design blog seem to coalesce at the top of many lists And then we have the one and only Architecture for Humanity s Cameron Sinclair who seems to pop up everywhere More than a blogger he epitomizes the digitally enhanced professional Of course Archinect is pretty difficult to compare as it is a network of websites under the tutelage of Paul Petrunia that includes its news log which is like saying an old school blog the spaceinvading image tumblelog and the school blog project Full disclosure I ve been the chief editor at Archinect and continue to be informally affiliated And finally you then have the utmost popular though not exclusively architectural Worldchanging Treehugger Curbed and Gothamist blogs which actually pay salaries at least to some of their bloggers I believe All these websites can be approximately ten to

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  • Who’s Afraid of ‘Slumdog’ (and in love with the slums)? – Part I | Javier Arbona
    stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer Who s Afraid of Slumdog and in love with the slums Part I What does informality do for architects and why do they get so turned on by it To many architects and planners when it comes to housing and entrepreneurship nobody does it better than those who shoulder the worst burdens of poverty It s an extreme spectator sport watching in awe often just through the web the Economist or the movies as people build out of fridges scrap metal or whatever comes along Not to deny the skill of these folks hey I wish I could build like that But once again what does this fetish really do for architects planners and even artists Is it that it challenges our notions us Westerners that is of scale and time I ll come back to this question later in a future post maybe but first a step back As I see it the discipline of architecture inherits or indeed appropriates the idea of informality from developmental discourses It already comes loaded with assumptions about economic propriety and order and an economistic flavoring about the supposed starting and finishing points of progress Besides the obvious informal to

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