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The Utopian City That Wasn’t
How two American architects won a competition to design Australia’s capital in 1912
Cartographies of Disaster
The Japanese earthquake changed our relationship to place, and post-disaster social media changed it again.
“Natural disasters are fundamentally experiences of place: The epicenter was here. It was this many miles from this other place. It affected here and here and here. Place is understood through position and relationship, through contact and distance.
Geography determines terrestrial points of contact. These change, but usually at a rate barely perceptible to the human eye. Politics and language anchor societal points of contact, through alliance, ideological similarity, and shared knowledge. These change more quickly than continents, but stay stable long enough to fill history textbooks. Communication technologies scaffold personal points of contact. These change quickly indeed.”
This selection (texts, images, videos) was shared in the Relational Cartographies class and it doesn’t reflect the long list of books and studies written on the subject.
Brasilia’s Monumental Axis with walking paths illustrated
Sao Paulo, Favela de Paraisopolis, photo Tuca Vieira
Tijuana, Baja California and San Diego, California
Environmental Psychology by Paul A. Bell
Environmental Psychology by Robert Gifford
The Image of the city by Kevin Lynch
The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
Wrestling with Moses by Anthony Flint
Seeing like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed by James C. Scott
Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal
Did Robert Moses Ruin New York City?
[Legibility] RibbonFarm: Experiments in Refactored Perception by Venkatesh Rao
The Truth About Photographic Memory
Ten-Year Forecast by Kathi Vian
More than Honey (00:14:20)
Automatic Google Car: Self-Driving Car on City Streets
Ai being tested by Tetsuro Matsuzawa, a primatologist at Kyoto University. Via
30 Cities From 200 Years Ago…And Where They Are Now
“The NYU Stern Urbanization Project is working on a stunning new series of animations, showcasing the expansion of 30 global cities over the last 200 years. The animations, created using information from The Atlas of Urban Expansion, clearly show the extremely rapid expansion in global cities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Particularly striking is the growth in the latter half of the 20th century, in which many cities increased their built-up area by more than 10 times.
This is in keeping with the theory of falling density, which holds that as cities have grown bigger and the world has urbanized, densities have been steadily falling. As a result, cities require more urban land per person, meaning total growth in the city area is much greater than population growth.” Text via NYUStern
Courtesy of Janet Delaney
The Ellis Act by the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
The Ellis Act is a state law which says that landlords have the right to evict tenants in order to “go out of business”. All units in the building must be cleared of all tenants- no one can be singled out. Most often it is used to convert to condos or group-owned tenancy-in-common flats. Once a building becomes a condo it is exempt from Rent Control, regardless of the age of the building, and even if a unit owner subsequently rents to a long-term tenant.
See this project by the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project HERE