The key, [Alejandro] Aravena argues, is that cities, and architects, must not shy away from the stresses created by competing forces like poverty and wealth or public and private construction. Rather than argue about whether to design cities for the needs of their poorest citizens or the egos of their wealthiest, Aravena posits, the answer might be to do both.
WE’RE GOING OFFLINE
for the spring lecture season (ie, we’re tired of this bs)
PRINT + CUT + PASTE
… or stencil over the shameful posters of your choice.
prints on 8.5x11. use wisely! take a pic. we’ll post it. xoxo, f.w.
(email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a pdf)
ps. no worries, we’re also keeping at it online.
pps. we edited the third line a bit, we think it reads better this way
London is the most heavily instrumented piece of urban terrain on the planet. There are something like 600,000 surveillance cameras in London. But there’s probably 10 times that many cell phone cameras on people’s cell phones. And the ability of the community to communicate amongst themselves, to pass imagery, to pass messages and increasingly to organise and operate via remote connectivity really favours rebels or insurgents against the state.
In an eerily prescient essay from May of this year, Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker describes the geography of the NSA’s surveillance program, and seems to predict Edward Snowden’s intelligence leak:
When the Washington Post surveyed that empire, in 2010, it counted…
From bats to dogs to posthumans: philosophy and science fiction alike explore varying degrees of likeness and of difference. The point is not to achieve certainty, as Descartes hoped to do. Nor is the point to conquer reality, or to think that we can master it, or even that we can really know it. The point is not even to “know thyself.” But rather, perhaps. to come to terms with the multitudes that live and think within us, which we cannot ever live and think without, but which we can also never reduce to ourselves.
Quoted by Steven Shapiro | Bats, Dogs and Posthumans
A must-read blog post…
The role of the architect as somebody who can actually conceive of alternative scenarios is critical. If we can re-imagine it as something beyond an infrastructural monoculture, we might have a very different and better outcome than what you have right now.
quoted in “Can South America China-ify its Economy Without Destroying The Amazon?”, written by Greg Lindsay for Fast-Coexist.