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Same old, same old. How the hipster aesthetic is taking over the world

Same old, same old. How the hipster aesthetic is taking over the world | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
Industrial furniture, stripped floors and Edison bulbs: why must we aspire to such bland monotony?
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CASA BRUTALE is Getting Built, and Here’s Why (Hint: The Internet)

CASA BRUTALE is Getting Built, and Here’s Why (Hint: The Internet) | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
When ArchDaily published “Live on the Edge with OPA’s Casa Brutale” in July of last year, we expected it to be popular on our site, but few anticipated exactly how much attention the project would receive—enough to secure a position in the top 10 most read articles on the site in 2015. But what happened next was perhaps more astounding. By the end of the week, the project had been picked up by the gamut of non-architecture news outlets ranging from Slate to Yahoo to CNET to CNBC. For a few short days, it became difficult to traverse the wild expanses of the internet without a sighting of the project’s lead image, typically accompanied by a hyperbolic headline along the lines of “This Beautiful, Terrifying House is Literally Inside a Cliff.”

But despite the enormous traction, with seemingly impossible features like a clifftop, glass-bottomed swimming pool, the project still seemed to be destined for "paper architecture" status. Yet fast forward to today and the house has (incredibly) found a willing client, and is about to break ground on construction. How did this happen, and what takes architecture from viral sensation to real-life construction project?

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Why Berlin needs techno to avoid becoming just another city

Why Berlin needs techno to avoid becoming just another city | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
Is Berlin’s underground scene in danger of going to the wall?
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Presses Universitaires de Rennes - Régénérer la ville Patrimoine et politiques d’image à Porto et Marseille Sandra Guinand

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The Future of Web Design is Hidden in the History of Architecture — Medium

The Future of Web Design is Hidden in the History of Architecture — Medium | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
The history of Western architecture can teach us a lot about the evolution of web design. As forms of art, both are defined by several…
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The bizarre history of cellphone towers disguised as trees

They're tall. They're totally absurd. And they're everywhere.
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‪Expo Milano 2015: Belvedere in città 3/11/2014‬ - YouTube

Dal Decumano a Palazzo Italia. Il cantiere Expo Milano 2015 via drone. Per maggiori informazioni sulle singole aree di cantiere, viabilità, sostenibilità e s...
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Brand Old Skopje | TheProtoCity.com

Brand Old Skopje | TheProtoCity.com | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
Skopje recently invested large sums of money in rebranding the city. Tena Prelec critically discusses the political purposes underlying the project.
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How images shape our cities

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Picturing Place: From John Snow’s Cholera map to Le Corbusier’s plan for a contemporary city and Moose’s ‘clean graffiti’ – images shape our ideas and precipitate change, for better or worse
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Ugly America: From the pages of Life, a view of the postwar roadscape

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In its depiction of the midcentury commercial landscape, Life embodied our contradictory efforts to reconcile civic ideals and free-market economics.
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The Lousy Urban Design Of America's Most Innovative Companies

The Lousy Urban Design Of America's Most Innovative Companies | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
Why do tech companies keep building suburban corporate campuses that are isolated from the communities their products are meant to serve?
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Apple Campus 2: March 2016 Progress Update

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Sharing Without Sharing: The STRANGE Case of Medellín

Sharing Without Sharing: The STRANGE Case of Medellín | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
Medellín has come a very long way in the past 20 years. Colombia’s second city has become a thriving medical, business, and tourist center. Its change strategy was led by the philosophy of "social urbanism" developed by the Medellín Academy. In the mid-1990s, this established a focus on empowering citizens, beginning in the poorest neighborhoods. Medellín is now one of the best examples of an emerging Sharing City in the world -- not just in the global South -- yet has achieved this distinction without adopting any discourse of "sharing" or a "sharing economy." Rather, its experience demonstrates the importance of the shared public realm and the scope for enlightened political leadership.

Today, Medellín is a city of about 2.4 million people, with a metro area population of 3.5 million. But, as our story begins, in the 1980s, it was home to a violent and powerful drug trafficking organization called the Medellín Cartel, headed by the infamous Pablo Escobar. By 1982, cocaine had surpassed coffee as Colombia’s biggest export, as cartels transported billions of dollars’ worth of the drug to the United States. In 1991, the murder rate climbed to 380 per 100,000 people, with over 6,000 killings, making the city the "murder capital" of the world. Violence paralyzed the city, leading to widespread abandonment of the public realm and most aspects of civic participation. But -- after Escobar was killed in 1993 by Colombian special forces -- city leaders, community activist groups, and residents alike dedicated their efforts to reclaiming the city through a fresh start.

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If you want to keep sharing photos for free, read this | Jimmy Wales

If you want to keep sharing photos for free, read this | Jimmy Wales | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
The Wikipedia co-founder warns that freedom of panorama – the right to use photos of public spaces without restriction – is under threat. Sign up to save it
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'Love locks' to be removed from Paris bridge

'Love locks' to be removed from Paris bridge | Spectacle City | Scoop.it

"The city of Paris will start removing padlocks from the Pont des Arts on Monday, effectively ending the tourist tradition of attaching 'love locks' to the bridge. For years, visitors have been attaching locks with sentimental messages to the bridge in symbolic acts of affection. Some further seal the deal by throwing keys into the Seine River below.  It was considered charming at first, but the thrill wore off as sections of fencing on the Pont des Arts crumbled under the locks' weight. The bridge carries more than 700,000 locks with an estimated combined weight roughly the same as 20 elephants."


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Leslie G Perry's curator insight, June 2, 2015 8:32 AM

I LOVE Seth Dixon's insight on this and how it figures in with Design Technology. What mark do we leave and why? What are the unintended consequences of leaving out mark?

 

Seth Dixon's insight:

Graffiti, tombstones, love locks, monuments...each of these are manifestations of people's desire to have some tangible impact on the landscape.  Something that manifests a connection to place in a profoundly personal way. 

 

Questions to Ponder: Why do people want leave a mark on places that are meaningful to them?  When do you think that they that these markers are appropriate or inappropriate?  Do we have more of a 'right' to mark some places than others? Why do many oppose these personal marks on the landscape?

Linda Denty's curator insight, June 4, 2015 8:32 PM

Great discussion point for your classes!  As Seth Dixon says why do people choose to leave a mark on certain places and is this appropriate?  Could people be doing something else that doesn't have such a deleterious effect on it's environment?  

CMuddGeo's curator insight, June 7, 2015 6:29 PM

This is understandable but very sad...

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A Viennese Architect Pioneered the American Shopping Mall. Then He Became Its No. 1 Critic.

A Viennese Architect Pioneered the American Shopping Mall. Then He Became Its No. 1 Critic. | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
Roman Mars’ podcast 99% Invisible covers design questions large and small, from his fascination with rebar to the history of slot machines to the great Los Angeles Red Car conspiracy. Here at The Eye, we cross-post new episodes and host excerpts from the 99% Invisible blog, which offers complementary visuals...
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#AbribusGate: les dessous des nouveaux abribus parisiens

#AbribusGate: les dessous des nouveaux abribus parisiens | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
Le contrat de la Ville de Paris avec JCDecaux prévoit que les anciens abribus parisiens soient remplacés par de nouveaux, plus design et connectés. Sans concertation avec les principaux concernés: les usagers de cette ville «intelligente». Tribune de l'un d'entre eux, Alexandre M.
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Creating History: Which One Is Yours, Berlin? | TheProtoCity.com

Creating History: Which One Is Yours, Berlin? | TheProtoCity.com | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
Cities are telling histories through their buildings, what history is Berlin telling by reconstructing the long destroyed Stadtschloss?
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Grenoble, PREMIÈRE grande ville européenne à bannir la publicité de ses rues

Grenoble, PREMIÈRE grande ville européenne à bannir la publicité de ses rues | Spectacle City | Scoop.it
La capitale des Alpes va donc devenir la première grande ville européenne à faire démonter ses panneaux, ses colonnes et ses "sucettes".

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