Archive for the Architecture Category

Welcome to the 4th Dimension!

October 24, 2011
Welcome to the 4th Dimension!

The idea that maps help us better understand our surroundings, whether on a simple navigation level or by providing a more in-depth profile of a neighborhood is not new.  Maps ultimately serve to help us better understand ourselves and our relationship to the world around us.  They sometimes even let us explore new places within […]

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Art and Transit and String Instruments

September 12, 2011
Art and Transit and String Instruments

There was a lot of serious stuff going on in the world of environmental politique last week. From hydrofracking to the Regional Green House Gas emissions initiative, New York policy makers were busy. More on these issues later this week, but for now, I just wanted to share this most excellent project by Alexander Chen, […]

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Housing and Demographic Change

July 19, 2011
Housing and Demographic Change

The 2008 economic crash changed the way many Americans think about housing, at least for a while. While the faltering economy plays a key factor in what kind of dwellings people buy and rent, this CNBC report suggests that shifting demographics may be more important in the long term.  According to a report written by […]

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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History

June 27, 2011
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History

Pruitt–Igoe was a housing project built in 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri. The complex was designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, who went on to design the World Trade Center. The 33 eleven-story buildings of Pruitt-Igoe were billed as the solution to the overcrowding and deterioration that plagued inner-city St. Louis. However, by 1971, Pruitt–Igoe housed […]

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The Local Debate

March 25, 2011
The Local Debate

When it comes to food these days, local seems to be all the rage. One of the reasons pointed to by advocates of a more localized, or “locavore” diet is that it is more environmentally sustainable. The argument is that consuming food grown close to home requires less greenhouse gas emissions than food that is […]

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