Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Reurbanization May Change Our Long-held Preconceptions about Safety

Link: Reurbanization May Change Our Long-held Preconceptions about Safety

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Has America Already Hit “Peak Car”?

Link: Has America Already Hit “Peak Car”?


"In 1901, there were 10,000 motor vehicles in the United States.

It took five years to multiply that number by 10. The next 10-fold increase took seven years, reaching one million vehicles by 1913. Just eight years later, it was 10 million.

From there, it took 47 years to get to the next milestone: America became a 100 million-car nation in 1968. Automobiles were everywhere…” READ MORE

Monday, June 17, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Imagining a More Protected Coney Island of the Future

Link: Imagining a More Protected Coney Island of the Future


i just got back from detroit, where i was playing at the movement festival (which was as festivals go, i say with some objectivity, amazing).

i’ve been going to detroit since the late 80’s (as it is the birthplace of modern electronic music), and i’ve always loved it.

culturally and musically and artistically it’s a fascinating place, but it’s also fascinating in that it has more remarkable abandoned buildings than any other city in the western world (this might sound like hyperbole, but i’m guessing it’s actually true).

it’s worth stating that there are big parts of detroit that are not filled with abandoned buildings. and those are nice, too… but the parts of downtown detroit that are filled with beautiful old abandoned buildings are aesthetically amazing (as evidenced by the fact that lots and lots of people have taken pictures of them).

on saturday i had the afternoon off, so my friend shannon (who lives in a former abandoned building) took me on a bike ride around detroit to look at her favorite abandoned buildings (what she refers to as ‘ruin porn’).
here are some of my favorites.

and i hope that these buildings at some point get the love and care that they deserve. but in the meantime: ruin porn.



Monday, May 27, 2013

Yes, ESA Is Still Under Construction

Link: Yes, ESA Is Still Under Construction

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Somewhere in a Parallel Universe...

Manhattan Memorious from Reiser + Umemoto on Vimeo.

Here is a very brilliant video depicting images of a Manhattan that never came to be. “Manhattan Memorious” features the Lower Manhattan Expressway (LoMax), Buckminster Fuller’s Dome over Midtown, and other vast unrealized projects.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

This is television’s most thorough and comprehensive history of New York City’s mass transit. I’m glad they avoided using personal histories and interviews and just kept it as a narrative to keep it chock full of facts. Love the narrator’s grandfatherly, yarn-spinning voice. This really does make all the other subway documentaries look slow & plodding or just immature. Way better than that Extreme Engineering episode.

[Modern Marvels S05E03 New York Subways (by nick rose)]