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    Contact info 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 RT WSJ Weird blob like creatures of El Niño invoke horror along Pacific on wsj com 1J3yRG1 https t co FVmxzHKbLm 1 hour ago RT cubadebate MovidaEnFacebook EEUU reafirma su postura en relación con PuertoRico bit ly 1SggnEj USA 1 hour ago https t co 4FMaBgTEgJ 1 hour ago RT nbcbayarea Palo Alto PD says suspect fatally shot last night by police called 911 in order to get police to come to area https t co 3 hours ago RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera 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

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  • reactivate | Javier Arbona
    Contact info 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 RT WSJ Weird blob like creatures of El Niño invoke horror along Pacific on wsj com 1J3yRG1 https t co FVmxzHKbLm 1 hour ago RT cubadebate MovidaEnFacebook EEUU reafirma su postura en relación con PuertoRico bit ly 1SggnEj USA 1 hour ago https t co 4FMaBgTEgJ 1 hour ago RT nbcbayarea Palo Alto PD says suspect fatally shot last night by police called 911 in order to get police to come to area https t co 3 hours ago RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera 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

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  • writing | Javier Arbona
    Contact info 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 RT WSJ Weird blob like creatures of El Niño invoke horror along Pacific on wsj com 1J3yRG1 https t co FVmxzHKbLm 1 hour ago RT cubadebate MovidaEnFacebook EEUU reafirma su postura en relación con PuertoRico bit ly 1SggnEj USA 1 hour ago https t co 4FMaBgTEgJ 1 hour ago RT nbcbayarea Palo Alto PD says suspect fatally shot last night by police called 911 in order to get police to come to area https t co 3 hours ago RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera 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

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  • books | Javier Arbona
    titled Aerosol Architecture The article touches upon different anxieties and delights of working with air as a material In effect the issue itself is thematically geared towards the topic of air I looked to Subnature for a better understanding of how architectural theory has addressed issues like the expulsion of smoke from spaces or the forms and ideas of air handling As Gissen explains vapors gasses and smoke various examples of subnature have actually confounded theorists and designers because these so often come to be associated only with impurity or seen as the antithesis of proper architecture a sign of its dysfunction if you will Smoke certain odors vapors and such often signify a lack of progress in air handling albeit other times marking progress in a developmental sense and bad health The flip side of this last idea is to actually have the presence of vapors and clouds in a space in order to make it alluring mysterious or somewhat edgy and decadent To paraphrase from the article I ve been working on this is the nature of the smoke that pervades music videos night clubs and rock concerts a bit of a safe danger in a controlled place This is also a type of air use by the way that also stumps theorists and architects because it usually pertains to entertainment perceived as a lowly terrain for serious designers So air in architecture has been difficult to say the least You ll have to see what I wrote later on about projects that play with these dualities of dirty air that is also made alluring and dream like Anyway that s a small dose of one of the ways that I found this book to be quite exciting and in fact entertaining I hope others will as well Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2010 04 17 2010 04 17 by javier Posted in architecture books design geography news Tagged air gissen nature smoke 2 Comments Globalization and Cities a working bibliography And there will be also about a billion people new billion urbanized folk around the world that were not urbanized before For the first time in the history of the world more than 50 percent of the people living on our planet now live in urban areas So those two factors urbanization rapid urbanization and rapid entry into the middle class are going to cause again a higher plateau of food and commodity pricing with scarcity Muhtar Kent Chairman and CEO of the Coca Cola Co Excerpt from a conversation on the Charlie Rose Show Tuesday June 9 2009 The modern age is the urbanization of the countryside not ruralization of the city as in antiquity Karl Marx The Grundrisse I m getting ready to teach some courses coming up and to do so I started to prepare a working bibliography on globalization and cities Thought I d share it but with the caveat that it is as anything about globalization and cities would be incomplete I will be adding more books soon and I am also in the process of adding many more journal articles A section or future post will also be specifically for other resources including websites and movies Take the jump for the whole list Continue reading Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2009 12 20 2009 12 21 by javier Posted in architecture books geography urbanism Tagged cities culture geography globalization urban urban sociology 3 Comments Fabricating the Digital Contemporary Moment A Book Review Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamoto s newly published survey Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques Princeton Architectural Press 2009 144 pages gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture especially in its schools has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper Here we have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components an exploration of the textile properties of materials and a recovery of skins as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures The book publishers on their part quietly present this book in a small note before the index as a part of the Architecture Briefs series This means basic principles in design and construction But Iwamoto rightfully went further than this directive Iwamoto along with her partner Craig Scott have been one of the most ambitious young practices of recent years So almost in a manifesto voice Iwamoto makes the case that today s design approach should be conceived out of a rich interplay between digital files and on site fabrication This encounter we re led to believe makes it possible to in fact close the gap between the textile and the structural not separate them sometimes intermixing the two without any distinction However it s hard to buy that part when so much of the work featured operates in the safety of a gallery space or as a temporary pavilion and usually both without major seismic climate or equipment loading concerns True as Iwamoto is quick to point out the installation scale and the one to one experimentation going on in offices and schools of architecture affords students experiences with unprecedented construction difficulties and provides a petri dish of sorts to test structural limits That s been amazing to see But the ambition is to go out and up in scale and do so faster and cheaper than if working primarily with manual labor Whether that s technologically or administratively possible or economically feasible is still very questionable The driving logic of digital fabrication according to Iwamoto is one that brings the design mind and the ultimate product closer One part of that logic means that materials can be exploited for their inherent structural properties and therefore skin and structure become one Although the book is divided into five chapters that separately focus on an overarching logic of making i e folding or tessellating what unifies these works is their surface property and their smoothness In short this outlook is about domesticating a project no matter what sort of programmatic thorniness into a strong clarity of unit aggregation Be they ribs bricks folds polygons or whathaveyou these projects promise to sweep you away with their unquestionable beauty and order It might sound like I m resisting that sweep but I must plead guilty to really liking it in some contexts and with certain caveats Time and again projects like Tom Wiscombe s Dragonfly or IwamotoScott s own InOut Curtain drive the point home maybe to a fault that any number of design considerations can be sieved through a software and amalgamated into a self supporting surface This loose cohort of architects and their disciples is taken by explorations of lattices cellular patterns and self similar repetition to name a few If this book is to serve practitioners and students as the publisher promises interested in these lines of investigation or perhaps in being seduced by them then the book clearly succeeds and does well in introducing some of the principles behind all this But what if you re not sure you want produce architecture in this way yet still are interested in digital fabrication Indeed there still is quite a bit of instructional material in here However it s one thing to adopt the mechanism and it s entirely different to end up with something that resembles the wing of a dragonfly or some Alice In Wonderland derived pattern It s yet another issue to take many of these projects into a more permanent programmed urban scale Are these projects actually about the directness of their constructability and a control of material economy the so called streamlining as seems to be insisted upon Actually if we take a glimpse at the work of small studios like Machinehistories outside the covers of this collection we start to note that not all has to be so peaceful and direct in the translation from file to material Besides can this total building agenda be recalibrated Need architects shy away from the legitimate decorative potential in this work bifurcated from the overall structural system of a building There is some kind of disconnect here between the promise and the delivery Most of the projects in the book remain in a gallery or school hall setting and the few that push against the harshness of nature in a more permanent way such as are not all that complex in terms of mechanical building systems or program complexity These are some of the hanging questions that this otherwise luscious book has in store at least from my perspective I have a suspicion that there s something else beyond these surfaces and may also lead the reader to ask How did we get here Answering that question is beyond the scope of the Architecture Briefs series and also might go against the streamlining impetus but it shouldn t escape the mind of these designers or those who come after It s not just Semper s ghost that lurks around these projects but also the accumulated discussions of the past decade or two about for instance landscapes of intensities as Stan Allen called them the Deleuzian fold and the smooth and striated Bringing in these intellectual histories into the process might disrupt the clarity and directness of the work leading one to question wether the scalability of these works though maybe technically possible might even be objectionable on other bases It may very well be unavoidable to add some measure of political interference in the transmission line as these techniques get broadcast out of the screen and beyond the summer pavilions and gallery installations For many many years now and time to blog this will not suffice to ramble about it nor do you want me to discussions in architecture about meta concepts like the projective landscape the Deleuzian fold and Deleuze and Guattari s smooth and striated full disclosure I often partake in Iwamoto and Scott s academic panels at Berkeley and CCA respectively and know them professionally and socially However this narrative usually has us believe that the only obstacle faced by these practitioners is client reservedness and conservatism But is it The argumentation usually has us believing that the mechanical will save the day and that these constructional principles aided by technology are scalable In other words no extra man power affordability organisation But one of the paradoxes of computation as a social force is the scales of service that it tends to generate and architects often neglect this everything might be numerically controlled but quality control and the administration of the construction becomes more complex not less Which leads me to ask does it matter What if we embrace these projects for what they are If we embrace their qualities as drapes as skins as perhaps Semper could inspire us to we can forget about their desire to be total buildings Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques By Lisa Iwamoto 144 pages 175 color illustrations Princeton Architectural Press publication date 8 1 2009 Series Architecture Briefs Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamoto s newly published survey Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture especially in its schools has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper Here we have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components an exploration of the textile properties of materials and a recovery of skins as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures The book publishers on their part quietly present this book in a small note before the index as a part of the Architecture Briefs series defined as basic principles in design and construction But Iwamoto rightfully went further than this directive Iwamoto along with her partner Craig Scott have been one of the most ambitious young practices of recent years So almost in a manifesto voice Iwamoto makes the case that today s design approach could should be conceived out of a rich interplay between digital files and on site fabrication This encounter we re led to believe makes it possible to in fact close the gap between the textile and the structural not separate them sometimes intermixing the two without any distinction Nonetheless it gets harder and harder to purchase that claim when so much of the work featured operates in the safety of a gallery space or as a temporary pavilion and usually both without major seismic climate or equipment loading concerns True as Iwamoto is quick to point out the installation scale and the one to one experimentation going on in offices and schools of architecture affords students experiences with perhaps unprecedented construction difficulties and provides a petri dish of sorts to test structural limits That has been amazing to see But the ambition is to go out and up in scale and do so faster and cheaper than if working primarily with manual labor Whether that s technologically or administratively possible or economically feasible is still very questionable Although the book is divided into five chapters that separately focus on what is argued to be an overarching logic of making i e folding or tessellating what unifies these works is their surface property and their smoothness In short as an architectural thesis this outlook is about domesticating a project no matter what sort of programmatic thorniness into a strong clarity of unit aggregation Be they ribs bricks folds polygons or whathaveyou these projects promise to sweep you away with their unquestionable beauty and order It might sound like I m resisting that sweep but I must plead guilty to really liking it in some contexts and with certain caveats Time and again projects like Tom Wiscombe s Dragonfly or IwamotoScott s own InOut Curtain drive the point home maybe to a fault that any number of design considerations can be sieved through a software and amalgamated into a self supporting surface This loose cohort of architects and their disciples is taken by explorations of lattices cellular patterns and self similar repetition to name a few If this book is to serve practitioners and students as the publisher promises interested in these lines of investigation or perhaps in being seduced by them then the book clearly succeeds and does well in introducing some of the principles behind all this But what if you re not sure you want produce architecture in this way yet still are interested in digital fabrication Indeed there still is quite a bit of instructional material in here However it s one thing to adopt the mechanism and it s entirely different to end up with something that resembles the wing of a dragonfly or some gorgeous Alice In Wonderland derived pattern It s yet another issue to take many of these projects into a more permanent programmed urban scale Are these projects actually about the directness of their constructability and a control of material economy the so called streamlining as is insisted upon Actually if we take a glimpse at the work of small studios like Machinehistories outside the covers of this collection we start to note that not all has to be so peaceful and direct in the translation from file to material Besides could this total building agenda be recalibrated Need architects shy away from the legitimate decorative potential in this work bifurcated from the overall structural system of a building These are some of the hanging questions that this otherwise luscious book has in store at least from my perspective I have a suspicion that there s something else beyond these surfaces and may also lead the reader to ask How did we get here Answering that question is beyond the scope of the Architecture Briefs series and also might go against the streamlining impetus but it shouldn t escape the mind of these designers or those who come after It s not just Semper s ghost that lurks around these projects but also the accumulated discussions of the past decade or two about for instance landscapes of intensities as Stan Allen called them the Deleuzian fold and the smooth and striated Bringing in these intellectual histories into the process might disrupt the clarity and directness of the work leading one to question the promised scalability of these works which may be technically possible but might even give pause on other bases It may very well be unavoidable to add some measure of political interference in the transmission line as these techniques get broadcast out of the screen and beyond the summer pavilions and gallery installations full disclosure I often partake in Iwamoto and Scott s academic panels at Berkeley and CCA respectively and know them professionally and socially Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamoto s newly published survey Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques Princeton Architectural Press 2009 144 pages gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture especially in its schools has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper Here you have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components into elaborate skins an exploration of the textile and foldable properties of materials and a recovery of surface as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures The book publishers on their part quietly present this book in a small note before the index as a part of the Architecture

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  • city | Javier Arbona
    any other suggestions through Twitter or email address on the right column or use the comment form below The list has contributions from Julie Kim JK Desmond Bliek DB Benjamin Grant BG and several more submissions in the comments section below Asbury Herbert 1933 The Barbary Coast An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld Various editions Boyd Nan 2003 Wide Open Town A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965 Berkeley University of California Press Brechin Grey 1999 Imperial San Francisco Urban Power Earthly Ruin Berkeley University of California Press Brook James E Chris Carlsson and Nancy J Peters Reclaiming San Francisco History Politics Culture San Francisco City Lights Broussard Albert S Black San Francisco The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West 1900 1954 Lawrence University Press of Kansas Castells Manuel 1985 Part 3 City and Culture The San Francisco Experience The City and the Grassroots A Cross Cultural Theory of Urban Social Movements Berkeley University of California Press DB Chen Yong 2002 Chinese San Francico 1850 1943 A Transpacific Community Palo Alto Stanford University Press DeLeon Richard 1992 Left Coast City Progressive Politics in San Francisco Lawrence University Press of Kansas Didion Joan 1968 Slouching Towards Bethlehem Various editions JK Groth Paul 1994 Living Downtown The History of Residential Hotels in the United States Berkeley University of California Press Not limited to SF Hartman Chester and Sarah Carnochan 2002 City for Sale The Transformation of San Francisco Berkeley University of California Press Johnsonn Marilyn S 1996 The Second Gold Rush Oakland and the East Bay in World War II Berkeley University of California Press Kazin Michael 1987 Barons of Labor The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era Champaign University of Illinois Press Litpsky Florence 1999 San Francisco La grille sur les collines Editions Parenthèses DB Lotchin Roger W 2002 Selections from Fortress California 1910 1961 From Warfare to Welfare Bloomington University of Illinois Press NS Moudon Anne Vernez 1989 Built for Change Neighborhood Architecture in San Francisco Cambridge MIT Press DB Pitti Stephen J 2003 The Devil in Silicon Valley Northern California Race and Mexican Americans Princeton Princeton University Press Scott Mel 1985 The San Francisco Bay Area A Metropolis in Perspective Berkeley University of California Press BG Self Robert 2003 American Babylon Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland Princeton Princeton University Press Shah Nayan 2001 Contagious divides epidemics and race in San Francisco s Chinatown Berkeley University of California Press Solnit Rebecca 2000 Hollow City The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism Susan Schwartzenberg photos New York Verso 2010 Infinite City A San Francisco Atlas Berkeley UC Press Vance James E 1964 Geography and Urban Evolution in the San Francisco Bay Area Gov t Studies Berkeley PDF Walker Richard A 2004 Industry Builds Out the City Industrial Decentralization in the San Francisco Bay Area 1850 1950 In Robert Lewis ed Manufacturing Suburbs Building Work and Home on the Metropolitan Fringe Philadelphia Temple University Press 2006 The Boom and the Bombshell The New Economy Bubble and the San Francisco Bay Area Giovanna Vertova ed The Changing Economic Geography of Globalization London Routledge 121 47 2007 The Country in the City The Greening of the San Francisco Bay Area Seattle University of Washington Press Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2011 01 25 2011 02 01 by javier Posted in California city geography San Francisco Tagged readingSF 10 Comments What do we want when we vote I found this amazing techno surveillance political screed on Spear Street San Francisco The text is incredibly lucid and sparkling The message itself is about mind control at the hands of both major parties Sounds delusional Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2011 01 23 by javier Posted in city everyday San Francisco Tagged found Leave a comment Ecosistema Vallecas Madrid Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2009 07 16 2009 07 16 by javier Posted in architecture city geography photos urbanism Tagged ecologia madrid vallecas Leave a comment Exploring the City in Google Earth Tom Wu MArch II Studio Project BEATTY FORD ISLAND 2007 In gleaning scanning unintentional disturbances inevitably occur thus at unpredictable but site specific conditions there emerge moments that manifest a reversal of intentionality This just in Surface Cities presents experimental projects in digital video and still images of the city as understood through simulated environments namely Google Earth The experimental images of the city begin with the premise that we increasingly navigate through real environments by first encountering them in fictive representations The projects have a clairvoyant proclivity They propose that Exposing the city s unique structure and patterns of use in Google Earth s gravitationless layered environment is like Kevin Lynch s studies in the Image of the City not only a necessary precondition for manipulating its image but in fact can already reveal existing alternative images The web site is maintained by full disclosure my friends and former colleagues John Zissovici and Yanni Loukissas the latter of whom was mentioned here before in a somewhat related post The projects include work by them as well as by their students Some of the projects are more straightforward than others In one the image of the city revealed is that of the extreme commuter In another a continuous line that changes and transforms on its path through the Bronx Manhattan and Brooklyn following one of the favorite graffiti artists subway lines A third looks at golf driving ranges And on the more rarefied side take a look at the extra dimensionality harvested from interference patterns derived from the procedure of paired scanning as the means to generate the manifold of an atlas Whew The magnum opus may be the 8 min 33 sec Angel Dust 2009 by Zissovici and Loukissas themselves an exploration of the space implied by the cross Manhattan expressway fantasized by Robert Moses but never built suggesting that by knowing the spaces that never were there is something to learn about the city that is Take a look but be patient if the Quicktime movies take a few minutes to load Highly recommended Surface cities Maiko Muranaka MArch II Studio Project A TOUR OF WASHINGTON D C 2007 Instructors John Zissovici and Paul Soulellis Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2009 06 11 2009 06 12 by javier Posted in architecture city design geography urbanism Tagged cornell google earth 1 Comment Cooper Union Bldg by Morphosis Almost Ready for School Year For more on this Morphosis building under construction see Curbed and Dezeen or the Cooper gallery Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in 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deciding between applying to one out of two master s programs offered by a famous architectural institution that only let her apply to one Her choice was between a program specialized in housing and another one in sustainability What a choice How symbolic I thought of the quagmire we ve gotten ourselves into To dwell Or to survive Let s have a look The all encompassing discourse of sustainability is tangled up with global geopolitics at every turn but that discourse hides its tail What s worse is that sustainable architecture can be the proverbial greenwash as I think has become more than evident We would only have to pass a roll call of all the eco resorts done in years of economic fluidity Thinking about a sustainable practice is still supposed to arouse in us a moral instinct of how to satisfy our needs without compromising the needs of future generations The small house movement serves as a good example of an architecture informed by notions of what is said to be basic Our needs however are a mirage We know that they are essentially malleable They re subject to crass marketing manipulation They evolve through the sieves of culture and desire They re hard to pin down and it s no accident that capitalism pulls the rug from underneath us as soon as we try Besides unless the global economic crisis ends up destroying capitalism we satisfy our so called needs through an increasingly global economy despite the localist and nationalist fantasies some may have Even if we didn t have capitalism we d still have trade and subscribers to notions of Malthusian natural limits fail to adequately take this into account Sometimes the sustainability talk sounds to me even xenophobic in its suggestions that a certain number of citizens will have a right to the city blurring further the notion of what is natural Numerical limits Naturalization as in citizenship The ideologues of sustainability might deny that it is an issue of power and not morals but it is It has to do with who determines how much is a reasonable need for some and not others both at a local and global level By the way I m sorry for even using these terms like local and global because they pertain to imprecise scales especially when ecological processes are involved But none of this has slowed down the field of architecture As often times is clear in the works of architects like Michael Sorkin and other adherents to the ecological footprint design is an index of how much nature is judged to be fair and balanced according to some metric of consumption For one thing this implicitly privileges the first world consumer Architecture seems to always want to rectify say 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 it actually is Another aside we have to remind ourselves that most of the ideas of nature we transact with are the product of a highly urbanized and male realm of thought written by many men

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    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 work Journeys to narcostates and military landscapes I want to bring to your attention two new and exciting items First I recently filed this OpEd for DomusWeb the website sibling of Italian architecture magazine Domus In the piece I imagine what I might do on an itinerary to El Paso Texas I have been to El Paso before very briefly on my way to California Of late some commentators and urban experts have hailed El Paso as a model of a new American urbanism and in this piece I treat that model as a series of misleading abstractions that conceal a highly corrupt and profitable narcopolitics Here is a pull quote What San Francisco was once to the world across the Pacific Ocean El Paso is to the adjacent Ciudad Juárez and the southern world beyond a fortified golden gate It appears that El Paso has outlandishly benefited from controlling one of the hardened valves through which globalization flows Besides El Paso is not a mid size city as the census and Joel Kotkin mis categorize it once understood as one should as the swankier side of a much larger transnational urban entity intrinsically tied to booming Juárez as its adjacent industrial labor zone Small wonder that El Paso has created ancillary jobs faster than the slumping average While Juárez consumes itself in a civil war over control of the border ingress point El Paso s business establishment is busy marketing the city as the safest big city in the United States For wealthier Mexicans El Paso is a short charter flight away for a day of shopping bypassing the violence In the spirit of bushy tailed California politicians visiting Texas for enlightenment I imagined what I would put on an itinerary in order to explore the distinctly Texan urban visions that El Paso amasses in all of its volatile mixture of deregulation paranoia religiosity and fossil burning Read more at Domus Second my collaborator Nick Sowers and I are going to offer a walking tour in the Marin Headlands as part of a Sunday program called Desire Trails Nick and I are two thirds of a group called Demilit that we started along with Bryan Finoki aka Subtopia Demilit is a little bit over a year old but we already have a good track record and have been exhilarated to be working together This is what we promise to do on September 25th 2011 DEMILIT has crafted a walk soundtrack out of a series of audio recordings taken from current organizations with leases in the Headlands The auditory accompaniment intends to reveal some of the least noticed ways in which the military past infiltrates the present particularly in the repair and reproduction of nature A dispersed

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    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 RT WSJ Weird blob like creatures of El Niño invoke horror along Pacific on wsj com 1J3yRG1 https t co FVmxzHKbLm 1 hour ago RT cubadebate MovidaEnFacebook EEUU reafirma su postura en relación con PuertoRico bit ly 1SggnEj USA 1 hour ago https t co 4FMaBgTEgJ 1 hour ago RT nbcbayarea Palo Alto PD says suspect fatally shot last night by police called 911 in order to get police to come to area https t co 3 hours ago RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera 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

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  • cartography | Javier Arbona
    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 RT WSJ Weird blob like creatures of El Niño invoke horror along Pacific on wsj com 1J3yRG1 https t co FVmxzHKbLm 1 hour ago RT cubadebate MovidaEnFacebook EEUU reafirma su postura en relación con PuertoRico bit ly 1SggnEj USA 1 hour ago https t co 4FMaBgTEgJ 1 hour ago RT nbcbayarea Palo Alto PD says suspect fatally shot last night by police called 911 in order to get police to come to area https t co 3 hours ago RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera 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

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