Contested Mobility, Future Cities, and Public Light

A debate on the highly charged topic of personal mobility – discussed by a mixed bag of people and other events in New York

An architecture report from New York by Gideon Fink Shapiro via domus

At the recent Festival of Ideas for the New City, an account of its major events, DrawThinkTank: Emerging Territories of Movement, Audi Urban Futures Initiative, and Flash:Light

“I move therefore I am.” This is the axiom of our time, according to Eva Franch, director of Storefront for Art and Architecture. It was also the motif for a rapid-fire symposium entitled DrawThinkTank: Emerging Territories of Movement 15×360 Manifestoes, hosted by Storefront in collaboration with the Audi Urban Future Initiative, and held inside raumlabor’s inflatable Spacebuster on 7 May as part of the Festival of Ideas for the New City. How does mobility shape the contemporary city, and how can designers in turn reshape the way we move collectively and individually? Such were the challenges explored in three successive sessions of five distinguished panelists each. Like the festival’s heterogeneous street fair taking place on the streets of the Lower East Side, the three-hour event had an energetic informality as well as striking juxtapositions, curiosities, and predictable fare. The zeppelin-like elliptical bubble served as a pop-up marketplace of manifestoes in which words and images were the sole currency.”

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A BIG Winning Streak – via Metropolis P/O/V

Those of you who have read this site know my admiration for Bjarke Ingels of BIG architects – here is run down of his lat years winnings from METROPOLISMAG.COM

By Avinash Rajagopal

nuuk01BIG’s proposal for Greenland’s National Gallery of Art.

We’re having a hard time keeping up with all the competitions the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has won, and all the prestigious projects they’ve bagged, just in the past three months. It’s certainly a wonderful start of the year for the maverick Danish firm, but what is truly impressive is the consistency across all the projects we’ve seen. Bjarke Ingels is nothing if not imaginative, of course. But we love him more because of the way every one of the projects, shown below, actively seeks out rules to break and conventions to challenge.

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