Monthly Archives: July 2012
Lebbeus Woods’s Pamphlet Architecture book War and Architecture is a very interesting project regarding urbanism in transition through voided spaces. It is specifically in regard to the devastation of war in Sarajevo, however I think the formal methods and concepts … Continue reading
The work of SF based art and design group Rebar, at this point in my research, seems like an obvious touchstone. Their work deals with many concepts that I have been interested in. Their method of appropriating urban space for … Continue reading
The library, generically as an institution, is a pretty fascinating programmatically. It is, of course a collection of media, a site for research and expert consultation. However, as media is rapidly changing definition and emphasis, so is the role of … Continue reading
Another interesting precedent that I have just discovered in SF, the Storefront Lab, which appears to be spearheaded by David Baker, works from the premise that the storefront is important architecturally as a site for urban community engagement. As a … Continue reading
Henri Lefebvre writes about the city and its role in society in The Right to the City. In this text he makes several distinctions, basically outlining two theoretical understandings of the city. He distinguishes between use value and exchange value, … Continue reading
The current craze for food trucks is an indication of many trends in our culture. However, leaving behind the specific San Franciscan foodie trends, they are also an indication of an emerging informal urbanism: one that is not tied to … Continue reading
By now, the High Line park has become practically emblematic of adaptive reuse. However, at that it is a really interesting example of spatial appropriation and making use of a wasted resource for the public good.