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  • mapping | Javier Arbona
    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 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

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  • review | Javier Arbona
    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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  • revisit | Javier Arbona
    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 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

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  • social space | Javier Arbona
    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 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

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  • space | Javier Arbona
    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 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

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  • work | Javier Arbona
    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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  • artists | Javier Arbona
    property and even of matters so commonly glossed over as color and surface In fact the activities of these rebloggers who very often turn to what we could identify as architecturally flavored images really call into question the oft debated and fantasized autonomy of architecture As a reblogger you can t afford to allocate architecture any primacy above anything else In a sense both the reblogging personae and their images are immersions into an imagination of space that I personally find at times much more hybrid artistic social and provocative than a good percentage of stuff architects are making out there Or the purist objects in many archi blogs Here are some random examples of circulated images Not to imply that the impact of these social networks is wholly good I often find myself uncomfortable with disturbing and problematic representations of race gender and class within these streams but the bottom line is that this trend is ripe for further investigation with eyes and minds wide open Hopefully there will be more opportunities to look further into this matter Meanwhile in case you re interested I have been sharing links on Twitter javierest An interesting new development is that now thanks to twitmark I can use Twitter to automatically save bookmarks onto delicious javierarbona which is a fantastic development 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 03 2009 06 04 by javier Posted in architecture artists everyday javier landscape news photos Tagged random tumblelogs aesthetics arts surface colors Leave a comment Ernesto Neto at Park Ave Armory We went to see the Ernesto Neto installation anthropodino at the Armory drill hall last Saturday Warning photos while I ll offer some here for some context are futile What completes this piece is for one the smell of spices hanging from spermatozoa like sacks which also seem to correlate to different color zones in this gossamer being Another dimension is the play spaces that the structure accomodates although it seems more useful to children than anyone else 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 05 25 2009 05 25 by javier Posted in artists photos Tagged armory art ernesto neto installation Leave a comment Small Theses As I write this post I m frazzled and in a multitask fog But there are so many exciting things coming across my screen that I thought I had to share and at the very least register before I lose track I started with the title theses because most of these loosely related items hinge upon some kind of thesis in one way or another But the title is really just suggestive The state of craziness right now has to do with the fact that I have just finished an intense semester at Cornell s architecture department where I co taught an MArch I second year studio and a nifty little seminar on what I like to talk about as everyday architectures or the in between states where design comes into play materially as part of a larger political and social millieu Anyway if I can get around to it I might post a syllabus Finishing a semester usually means doing the usual grading madness and returning books but for me it also means once again packing up my belongings and sending em off to California where they will await their owner s return in August Tomorrow morning I ll jump on a bus to NYC where more craziness awaits Lots and lots of people to see and shows to catch Columbia architecture show Ernesto Neto s Armory installation ICFF related stuff 49 cities at Storefront Dwell party Pin Up It might be interesting to see how many things I can do in two days But lately I ve been pondering many issues related to the dreaded architecture thesis Oh yes That one The so called capstone to design where you prove you ve made your bones This past semester was an intriguing one being my first seeing thesis reviews at Cornell from the other side of the range that is thank god It was mighty interesting and saw some good projects Others mmm not so good perhaps though usually some salvageable ideas Well here is an image from one of the better ones just cus this student has posted it online and others haven t that I know of I wasn t on this review but got to see the project after This was in intriguing proposal to design the ruination and occupation of the decaying space of a post military landscape surely a topic close to my heart By Garyhe33 click image for more Surely this student sticks to some Platonic forms in the landscape and perhaps consciously avoids prevalent trends in architecture good for him Aside from the issue of vocabulary it was also speculative and detailed at various scales which was refreshing to see Click the image for more But what worries me now is not so much an issue like the all too common incompleteness that made many potentially good projects not so good in my opinion For instance if a student decides to design a building then there s gotta be some consistency from drawings to models and on to renderings Perforations should be consistent throughout not change in relative size from one mode of representation to the next to name just one basic issue And it s galling what some get away with But that happens every year What s more serious is that I think we ve gotten to a point and Cornell is not the only one where students have no position on what thesis itself can be Maybe I am being romantic but I think students should be able to explain why they had to do what they did The thesis project would thus plumb the depths of a problem they conceptually should be able to frame Yet there seem to be a series of trends going around decoys in a way These are ways of getting away from justifying the scale s that the project intercedes in and the formats that were called upon to test the problem framed if the student can frame it that is Another issue is a raft of quasi scientific and parametricized projects shown unassailably as a thesis just because of their seeming rigor Also then you have theses that show a building as a fait accompli As if doing a building is automatically a thesis Would the general spatial experience promised been accomplished with a few changes in grade or some kind of circulation system Yes Then why have a gigantic structure merely to connect portions of the city That s merely a simulation of a test a test that actually has no strong variables But then on the other hand there is also the issue of projects that promise to shift the very premises of architecture only to then leave the jury deflated when there is no push to test it in some site or at the level of complexity of a program Surely it seems the students can t win no matter what eh But then again they can if they take possession of what premises the thesis answers to and what it tests Philippe Rahm s Archimedes House a thesis building if there ever was one click for related Metropolis article Somehow somewhere we need to discuss theses again Maybe part of the problem is that the technology at the level of computation and at the level of outputs laser cutting cnc milling has made testing so easy that it is even easier to forget once again these matters of the architectural scale of work The multiples are so vast and the tests so endless that any size is seemingly possible The screen space itself is subject to such a spectrum of scales of immersion although often the students don t understand them as such that there is no longer a challenge of the basic assumptions So not to resolve the tensions brought up here no time for this today But I just wanted to quickly scan a few projects that are small and have hit my inbox lately just cus Alex Mergold and Jason Austin s House in a can The small as a thesis or as part of one need not mean the final or the complete somehow but a scale all too often overlooked The scale of this next project is also a means to succinctly test larger ideas of nature and sociability A bird house where birds must work as a team to get into the food by Nathalie Jeremijenko with Chris Woebken one opening the latch while the other eats or traps the other inside Photo by CW Another interesting project is this award winner spotted on Pruned So simple and yet it s the kind of thing you could imagine a thesis student doing on the fly in the dead of night to take an idea to its limits The Crack Garden by CMG Landscape Architecture Photo by Tom Fox Another aspect that really intrigues me about the small scale of course the important question is how small is its possibilities to evade capture it s stealth potential It can be a scale to be manipulated for maximum spatial effect but operating at a scale that many a times might be increasingly unimportant to the capitalist and therefore pregnant with opportunities for lateral movement invading sites or registering landscape from an angle not commonly allowed by hegemony also a key part of the CCA Actions show In that sense I am reminded of another recent small project by Austin Mergold A good reuse for insulation A CNC Kite a nifty and evasive stealthy scale to work at Total tangential relation to that kite but thought I would just point you to an awesome pirate music vid Windsurf Weird Energy Maybe it has nothing to do with the rest of this post but it could At least it s representations of architecture with sound and speaking of sound I might as well also bring into this post what Nick Sower s has been doing as a mode of spatial investigation audio recording which could very well fit into this theme of smallness Check out his blog soundscrapers for samples One more example just for the hell of it The park cycle by Rebar An elusive park Photo Rebar And finally I thought I would also point you to what looks to be a very intriguing book going to press right now though probably misplaced here as it certainly may not be a small thesis Subnature by a frequent conversation partner David Gissen Check it out Put it on your shopping list More stuff to come soon 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 05 15 2009 05 19 by javier Posted in architects architecture artists design everyday exhibitions geography landscape news urbanism Tagged design thesis 1 Comment Architecture imagined as ecological To coincide with the Ecological Urbanism Conference at the Harvard GSD Not so long ago I heard from a former student She was anguished and 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

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  • urbanism | Javier Arbona
    de Ramón López de Lucio La paradoja de la situación actual es que los ciudadanos son rehenes del consumo obligado de energía y a la vez ávidos consumidores vocacionales de recursos energéticos la peor de las combinaciones posibles desde un punto de vista ambiental Ramón López de Lucio El website paisaje transversal publica un debate sobre ecología urbana El enlace arriba lleva a un post corto y bueno donde se desmenuza la ciudad contemporánea en base a la manera en que estructura el consumo energético masivo Vaya 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 12 28 2010 12 28 by javier Posted in geography urbanism Leave a comment I have a new article out in MASContext Information The issue looks fantastic check it out 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 09 02 by javier Posted in architects architecture politics urbanism work Tagged academia blogs culture society Leave a comment A Comer 21 de Mayo en Beta Local 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 05 15 2010 05 15 by javier Posted in Puerto Rico urbanism work Tagged betalocal Leave a comment 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

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