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City in a City: A New Exhibit Explores a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects

City in a City: A New Exhibit Explores a Decade of Urban Thinking by Steven Holl Architects | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

“City in a City”, an exhibition that concentrates on large-scale urban projects and answers to problems of overpopulation, finds itself at ease sitting in an environment that would seem its antithesis: a single-storey home in a city where space is still most often discussed in terms of “how much?” as opposed to “not enough.” Los Angeles is all about different methods of navigating life – remarkably different methods, according to person and neighborhood. But it is exactly because of these many incongruities that the popularity, and title, of this show make so much sense.

What if the title was posed as a question: “City in a City?” How do we make dense, urban spaces seem intimate, inviting, comfortable and even compact, within otherwise vast, hectic environments? This isn’t a new question, but the answers in this exhibition address a new time with its own demands and aesthetics.

“City in a City” is a noteworthy show, not only for the work that is on display, but also for the decisions that went into displaying them.

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The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it
A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.

The exhibition’s title – Grand Reductions – suggests a simple illustration’s power to encapsulate complex ideas. And for that reason the medium has always been suited to the city, an intricate organism that has been re-imagined (with satellite towns! in rural grids! in megaregions!) by generations of architects, planners and idealists.

In the urban context, diagrams can be powerful precisely because they make weighty questions of land use and design digestible in a single sweep of the eye. But as well-known plans, such as Le Corbusier’s, illustrates, they can also seductively oversimplify the problems of cities. These 10 diagrams have been tremendously influential – not always for the good...


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Jay C. Estes's curator insight, April 16, 2013 3:41 PM

Fascinating article.  I love planning history.

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'Moving Typography' in Amsterdam: Exploring New Ways of Representing and Interacting with Data

'Moving Typography' in Amsterdam:  Exploring New Ways of Representing and Interacting with Data | PROYECTO ESPACIOS | Scoop.it

Type/Dynamics at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam lets you experience data in fantastic news ways.

Type/Dynamics at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam was created by Dutch design studio LUST, and the installation (as a sentient piece of art) searches for real-time locations in the news, including "Ground Zero", "Reichstag”, or "Tiananmen Square”, from there locating images from Google Street View and turning them into grids filled with new information. Instead of a typical photo representation, the location is presented in purely typographically form. Visitors are then 'transported’ to that location by wrapping themselves in all the news of the area.
"A visitor does not need to grasp all possible readings of a work at once," continues LUST. "Instead multiple story lines unfold over multiple readings. All aspects from content to movement, interaction, data collection and collaboration contribute to this new literature."
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