USHERING IN 2016
A heartening forecast for our next 52 weeks. A beautiful charge to infuse a little more inspiration, humanity + regressive evolution into each of the 365 days ahead.
- The End of Ownership
- Production Laid Bare
- Redefining Home
- Blooming Technology (holography)
- Free-Spirited Design (playful)
- The Year of Slow Tech (did you know ”households with libraries containing at least a hundred books lead to improved scholastic performance (making even more of a difference than wealth)?!”)
- China Values Design
- Building for People
- The Language of Symbols
- Reframing Public-Private Partnerships
- Sensing Spaces
- Are We Too Late?
- We Need to Begin to Think Big Again
- Here Is There
- Luddite Futurism
- A New Design Equation
- Seeking Common Humanity
BIKESHARE AS PUBLIC TRANSIT
“’When cities are able to get bike-share up to scale relative to their population and have a really generous number of origin-destination combos it becomes transit,’ says Nicole Freedman, North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA) president and Seattle DOT active transportation director.”
Portland teams with Nike
Upsizing material mobility capacity at the Panama Canal expands monumentality of infrastructural.
“The expanded canal will be able to handle cargo vessels carrying 14,000 20-foot containers, nearly three times the amount currently accommodated.”
LITTLE THIS, LOTTA THAT
“BioMason injects sand with microorganisms to initiate a process like the one that creates coral. The technique takes four days, and when complete the bricks are strong enough for use in houses, commercial buildings, and other structures.”
"’I grew a deep love for coral,’ says Dosier, now 37. ‘I looked at how coral was able to make these incredible structural formations that could withstand water and erosion and began really researching how it was able to grow.’"
“. . . rang(ing) from biology to architecture, from fermentation to engineering . . . the company starts with sand packed into rectangular molds. The molds are then inoculated with bacteria, which wrap themselves around the grains of sand. With each bacteria-covered grain of sand acting as a nucleus, calcium carbonate crystals begin to form around it. An irrigation system feeds the bricks nutrient-rich water over the course of several days to facilitate the process. The crystals grow larger and larger, filling in the gaps between the grains of sand.”
Currently, “about 8 percent of all global carbon emissions come from (traditional) brick manufacturing, according to estimates from Dosier and the EPA.”
POST MODERNIST DEFENSE
“The author declares that ‘far from being Modernism’s opposite, Postmodernism in architecture was a momentary rediscovery of the raging heart of modernity, the scintillating brilliance of art forms and mentalities that harness the awful beauty of what the contemporary economy can offer, in all its monstrous abundance.”
“‘It was the pulsing of liberal politics through the veins of a new kind of beauty, one that was all about the responsibility to think for yourself, create for yourself, position yourself, stand up for yourself.’”
NYC’S DILLER ISLAND PROTEST
As the Army Corps faces a Go/No Go decision, the laundry list of protest arguments accumulates.
The question at the heart, can true democratic public realm be made with private dollars?
- The Trust is not in compliance with the Clean Water Act
- The island is contrary to the public interest
- The island would obstruct navigation in the river
- The island would negatively affect fish and wildlife.
- The island would erase historic resources
- The island would block views of the Hudson
- The island’s benefits would be limited and restricted based upon ability to pay
- This is a new island, not a reconstruction of Pier 54
- A private corporation, not a public Trust, is primarily in charge of the project
- The “No Action” alternative to building the island is not rebuilding Pier 54—it’s no action
Objects Inspire Objects
From embryonic parti to brick and mortar reality
This Is Colossal :: The Beauty of Japan's Artistic Manhole Covers
David Bowie favorites have been circulating the studio—Starman, Heroes, Labyrinth + Life Aquatic soundtracks, Under Pressure, Space Oddity, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Black Star, Lazarus, etc.– pouring through earbuds and headphones during long-hour CAD sessions. His legacy of perennial creative evolution, open-hearted identity fluidity and dazzling musicality are a gift to humanity.
NYTimes :: David Bowie Allowed His Art To Deliver A Final Message
“. . . there really should be a David Bowie Street somewhere. Few major music stars have proved so fascinated with city life, both its freedoms and its occasional desperation. As a boy from a grey suburb who tried to forge a creative life in the big city . . . .cities run like a seam of coal through Bowie’s music. It’s not every musician, after all, who writes songs about urban revolutionaries . . .”
“The fabric of cities also seemed to fascinate Bowie. In his later song ’Thru These Architects Eyes,’ he name-checks architects Philip Johnson and Richard Rogers and celebrates the dramatic cityscapes they’ve part created: ‘All the majesty of a city landscape/All the soaring days in our lives.’”
“Bowie is also great on a phenomenon that almost any city dweller over 30 will recognize: how urban change, whether it’s for the better or the worse, tends to make your memories homeless.”
But, “Bowie can hardly be said to have been stuck in backward-looking nostalgia, given that he managed to constantly reinvent and revise himself creatively right up until the last moment. Many of us are still shaken that that moment came so soon.”
Go forth and seize the liberating “responsibility to think for yourself, create for yourself, position yourself, stand up for yourself.”
Our dreams are a strong compass. Life is short.