Chuck Wolfe of myurbanist blog has compiled 10 chapters to create the myurbanist reader: essays on provocative urbanism to celebrate the one year of myurbanist. The book is available in three formats – ebook (PDF), online scrolling and paperback from fastpencil. Go to myurbanist to get your downloadable version today.
Chuck Wolfe is also giving a Vignettes of Provocative Urbanism in Seattle today(December 9) at 12:30pm at GGLO Space at the Steps, 1301 First Ave., Level A. for more details goto Next Brown Bag: Vignettes of Provocative Urbanism
Recently Forum for the Future released a report – Megacities on the Move(pdf) a collaboration with Vodafone, EMBARQ and the FIA Foundation, is a practical toolkit designed to help governments, city authorities and businesses understand the challenges of the future and develop strategies which will allow people to live and travel more sustainably in the major cities of the 21st century.
Stackable electric cars which you can hire all over big cities, a website where you can rent out your vehicle when you’re not using it, lifelike ‘telepresence’ screens which let you talk to people in different countries and feel you’re in the same room – these are just some of today’s innovations which hint at what life may be like in 2040, according to a new report from Forum for the Future.
Megacities on the move argues that cities need to radically reengineer their infrastructures to cope with much larger populations. By 2040 two in three people will live in cities; the world’s urban population will grow from 3.5 billion to 5.6 billion.
Read more about the report
Download Megacities on the Move(pdf)
Guy Horton, architecture critic at the Huffington Post recently interviewed Witold Rybczynski author of Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities (amazon affiliate link) and Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. Guy and Witold discuss his interest in architectural writing including his 15 books and his architecture critic column at Slate.
During the interview they discuss new cities in Middle East and China along with architectural profession, however the main focus is his new book Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities which is about American cities.
When Witold is asked about his book - Frederick Law Olmsted, A Clearing in the Distance he gives the following statement that would make any landscape architect smile.
I think that landscape architects, by training and temperament (they are realistic about nature, they take the long view, they understand ecology and human behaviour, etc), can make very good planners, better than city planners, and much better than architects.
An interesting interview and gives some great insight about cities.
Read the full interview at Huffington Post: Witold Rybczynski’s Compelling Makeshift World by Guy Horton
Article found via a tweet from @talklandscape on twitter
Andrés Duany discusses the future of planning and architecture, what students need to know entering the field, agrarian urbanism, the problems with modernist architecture, the potential of vernacular design, and a variety of other topics.
(Video is over 2 hours)
Andrés Duany, Arizona State University from Phoenix Urban Research Lab on Vimeo.