We thought we had put slavery, holocausts and apartheid behind us - that humanity would never again allow dehumanizing and violent systems to shape the rules bywhich we live and die. Yet globalization is giving rise to new slavery, new holocausts and new apartheid. It is war against nature, women, children and the poor. A war that is transforming every community and home into a war zone.
— (Vandana Shiva 2002)
If there’s a lesson in street-watching it is that people do like basics — and as environments go, a street that is open to the sky and filled with people and life is a splendid place to be.
— Holly Whyte
urbanfunscape:How to pimp your car - In Nea Ionia, Athens, Greece
Town planning is not industrial design, the city is not a functional object, aesthetically sound or otherwise; the city is an artificial landscape built by human beings in which the adventure of our life unfolds.
— Constant Nieuwenhuys, 1960
Love this - using it as inspiration for a new map project about what parts of a city different people and communities occupy / and why.
(Source: drawingarchitecture, via proofmathisbeautiful)
The interesting part is waiting to see people begin to argue over the decor and living room styles. I love the fact that people hang out together outside, but minimal infrastructure that allows for un-choreographed possibilities is always the best way.
Some cities, specifically in Europe, are turning their streets and curbsides into modern living rooms with some high-end street furniture. (via Dwell magazine)
The modern city is ugly not because it is a city but because it is not enough of a city, because it is a jungle, because it is confused and anarchic, and surging with selfish and materialistic energies.’ – G. K. Chesterton
The old situationists were about domestication. The new situation is about play and fun. Cities in Revolution?
Invasión Verde, Lima, Peru.
From the Architizer blog:
“…Invasion Verde was one of five selected artistic interventions chosen out of 137 proposals for Lima’s Great Week.
…According to the World Health Organization, every person living in a city should have 8 sq meter of recreation space, and Lima only has 1.98 sq meter per capita, resulting in a shortfall of 4,800 hectares of recreational spaces. Invasion Verde is an attempt to insert extra park space into a packed city, in order to improve the quality of life for Lima’s citizens…”
The project utilizes recycled materials, natural grass and drought resistant plants.
Your eyes are so blue they leak.
— from a poem I never thought I would revisit.
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