Why do all hipsters look the SAME? | News | Archinect

There is always a delay between the time a trend begins to gain traction, and the time hipsters begin following it. This delay is caused because people can’t be aware of what others are deciding, in real-time. As a result, hipsters gradually realise that the trend, and the decision has been made while making the same decision separately. 
This leads to them gradually conforming towards what then becomes the mainstream. — daily mail

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Why everyone thinks they are unique but actually all conform to the same "uniform "  

Now, try to imagine "architects" instead of "hipster." Vertical farms? Poche? Blobs? Hedonistic urbanism? Parametric buildings? New Urbanism? Old Urbanism? Etc, etc,

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Cykelslangen | The Bicycle Snake

Urban Boomslang?

laud8 -landscape architecture+urban design

With the change from commercial harbour activities to residences and retail the Inner Harbour of Copenhagen has undergone a pronounced transformation. As part of this transformation, the first stage was a foot- and bicycle connection across the Inner Harbour, Bryggebroen (The Quay Bridge) by DISSSING+WEITLING architecture, which was opened in 2006 .


The first new crossing of the harbour in fifty years. The bridge became a tremendous success not only as a connection between two parts of the city, but also simply as a way to enjoy the views of the harbour, the sensation of being above water. However heading to or from Bryggebroen on the Eastern side of the Harbour cyclist had to carry their bikes down or up a full flight of stairs at one end of the quayside.


Cykelslangen, or the ”The Bicycle Snake”, a 230 m long sky bridge which offers a short cut to…

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Google plan for Mountain View campus shuns walls, roofs, reality

Or that its wildly ambitious proposal for 60 acres in Mountain View, where four new building clusters would let Google add roughly 10,000 employees to the 19,000 already there, is a blend of the visionary and the vacuous, at once innovative and self-absorbed. Google wants to receive all the 2.5 million square feet of new commercial space allowed in the North Bayshore area during the next 15 years, yet five other developers, including LinkedIn, also are vying for parts of the allotment. […] i

Source: www.sfchronicle.com

Really – Reality – Reality distortion filed maybe?

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Charles Eames’ Advice for Students

Like many others I love the Eames’ chairs and own a couple of copies (unfortunately I have not committed to paying the price of the originals) – their iconic designs and the ethos of their work  is inspirational – here is a new book and an excerpt of their advice for designers from ARCHDAILY 

Charles & Ray Eames

he forthcoming An Eames Anthology, edited by Daniel Ostroff and published by Yale University Press, chronicles the careers of Ray and  in their pursuits as designers, architects, teachers, artists, filmmakers, and writers. As Ostroff attests, with over 130,000 documents archived in the Library of Congress, the Eameses were nothing if not prolific; this volume, accordingly, is not comprehensive so much as representative, curated to reflect the breadth of interests and accomplishments of the pair.

In preparation for a 1949 lecture at the University of California, Los Angeles on “Advice for Students,” Charles made the following notes on inspiration, methodology, and career strategy. They are excerpted here from An Eames Anthology:

Make a list of books
Develop a curiosity
Look at things as though for the first time
Think of things in relation to each other
Always think of the next larger thing
Avoid the “pat” answer—the formula
Avoid the preconceived idea
Study well objects made past recent and ancient but never without the technological and social conditions responsible
Prepare yourself to search out the true need—physical, psychological
Prepare yourself to intelligently fill that need

The art is not something you apply to your work
The art is the way you do your work, a result of your attitude toward it

Design is a full time job
It is the way you look at politics, funny papers, listen to music, raise children
Art is not a thing in a vacuum—
No personal signature
Economy of material
Avoid the contrived

Apprentice system and why it is impractical for them
No office wants to add another prima donna to its staff
No office is looking for a great creative genius
No office—or at least very few—can train employees from scratch
There is always a need for anyone that can do a simple job thoroughly

There are things you can do to prepare yourself—to be desirable
orderly work habits
ability to bring any job to a conclusion
drawing feasibility
a presentation that “reads” well
willingness to do outside work and study on a problem . . .

Primitive spear is not the work of an individual nor is a good tool or utensil.
To be a good designer you must be a good engineer in every sense: curious, inquisitive.
I am interested in course because I have great faith in the engineer, but to those who are serious
(avoid putting on art hat) Boulder Dam all’s great not due engineer
By the nature of his problems the engineer has high percentage of known factors relatively little left to intuition
(the chemical engineer asking if he should call in Sulphur)

Source: Charles Eames, handwritten notes on talks at University of California, Los Angeles, January 1949, Part II: Speeches and Writings series, Charles and Ray Eames Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C

Arup | Thoughts | Matching project risk and company size

Passing innovation risk down the supply chain to companies that are structurally incapable of taking on that risk solves nothing – the risk must lie with those who stand to benefit

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Big Projects – Big Companies – Big Risk – how to allocate this development across the typically smaller construction companies is a challenge for the scale of intervention that are now being undertaken world wide, with the growth of large scale infrastructure developments in previously underserved regions of the world the problem of of lack of contractors and an the lack of expertise at the level of government creates a vacuum that delays the projects from getting off the ground or bogs them down in endless delays as the contractors fold or a struggle ensues between contractors, the consultants and the clients.

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Engage people in the design of public spaces

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Obtaining information on how people will use the city is that is not yet built is problematic , the current methods of public participation and traditional information garnered from  the public space of the past does not give us adequate information on how to design the cites of the future, but a knowledge of these is essential for our guidance at least. Henry Ford is supposed to have said that if he had asked people wha they want for transportation that they would have said "better horses"  his response was the model T Ford – which of them was right in interesting in retrospect.

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#WeWashing – foossa files – Medium

When “sharing” is renting and “community” becomes a commodity – Call out #WeWashing when you see it!

Source: medium.com

As Actor Network Theory has demonstrated, all combined labels are "Black Boxes " that are more complicated than the table indicates, just so Community etc – so the use of these terms by authorities and marketers alike is misleading

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Jan Gehl: «Architects know very little about people»

Jan Gehl on his passion and mission for liable and human scale cities

He likes high-rises only from far away, he thinks cars should be banned from city-centers and he wants the public space to be the «living room of a city»: The danish urban planner Jan Gehl visited Basel on an official mission. By Matthias Oppliger  in Tages Woche

Basile Bornand: Jan Gehl: «Traffic is like water, it goes where it can. And when it can’t go somewhere, it stops.»

As adress of welcome Jan Gehl hands a business card. Printed on its back is a photography. It shows the typical yellow-red tram from Baselland. «This should be in Switzerland.» Gehl gathered the various pictures on his business cards during numerous travels.

Despite his hometown Copenhagen being one of the most liveable places of the world, the danish architect Jan Gehl gets about a lot. With his company «Gehl Architects» he helps cities around the world to build «cities for people». A few days ago, he visited Basel on invitation from the local planning department. We met him outside the «Gundeldingerfeld», where he held a well attended public lecture about sustainable cities the day before.

Jan Gehl, how many steps did you walk so far today?

I know that precisely (he fumbles for something and brings out a little red device). This is called a pedometer and it was given to me by the mayor of Kaliningrad. It says I walked 5000 steps so far, but actually it should be more. So I have to walk another 5000 steps today. You get seven more years to live, when you walk 10’000 steps a day.

Where have you been?

I have been walking around with these crazy people here all over this neighbourhood (Gundeldingen).

I’ve read somewhere that you like to stroll around a city and that you always bring your little camera along. What pictures do you take?

People mostly. People using public spaces. And I’m also interested in good solutions to planning problems. Or, of course, in silly solutions. I use this pictures in my presentations as I did yesterday. Or in my books. I’ve done this on five continents for fifty years. So I’ve got a lot of pictures by now. Pictures of people are always interesting. You can go on for hours looking at them, but by looking at pictures of houses or motorcars you will get bored pretty soon.

Did you take a picture in Basel too?

I haven’t had time to take many, because we worked a lot during my stay.

«The mutual love affair between people and their cars has waned.»

But did you take one? What drew your interest walking through the streets of Basel?

The first picture I took was of the little ferryboat on the Rhine, which was not propelled by anything but the sun and the streaming river. It’s genius. And I also took one of the Münsterplatz. I like it, it is a fine example of a good old city square. Its dimensions are within the human scale. You can still see the people standing at the far end. Modern squares are often built outside the human scale and therefore you lose sense of its dimension.

Just a few years ago, this exact square was regularly used as parking space. Now we have somehow managed to get rid of them.

This is a general pattern all over the world. The mutual love affair between people and their cars has waned. People start to think there might be other qualities in cities than just making space for cars.

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An Urban Treehouse That Absorbs Pollution | News | Archinect

^ Translated from Italian. Check the source for more photos.

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DO trees really belong on (conventional) buildings in urban situations? Are the costs of engineering the structure and sealing it against the effects of damp and roots worth the effort – is it not more logical to design structures that accommodate courtyards etc or to design in such a way with landscape contours that buildings are embedded in the landscape on larger sites and so surrounded and enfolded in the trees and planted spaces which can then provide the ecological services that are desired? 

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