"The anonymous urban explorer/photographer behind Detroiturbex.com is building a photographic record of Detroit’s abandoned buildings as way to spread awareness about the plight of the once thriving metropolis. As part of the project, the photographer has created a series of then and now composites that show the astonishingly rapid disintegration of Detroit’s abandoned buildings.”
Yesterday’s interview with Bruce Katz, co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution talks explicitly about Detroit and why he thinks the city has “good bones.”
via Laughing Squid
Upcycled Urbanism: an experiment in sustainability, creativity and public space (photo c/o Kellan Higgans Photography).
A few weeks ago, the Museum of Vancouver, the Vancouver Public Space Network and several partners invited people to Upcycled Urbanism. The event helped enliven and…
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. “Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
Drawing of New Yorks ‘Woolworth Building’. Built in 1913 in a flamboyant Gothic style it was the tallest building in the world until 1930. Seen here soaring high above the other buildings around it and dominating the skyline beyond the Brooklyn Bridge.
This is gorgeous.
We often forget that great bike cities were not always so. They all had to start somewhere, work hard at it, and build up the infrastructure and bike culture, sometimes from a very low base.
Mind the Gap! Hazards on Point Grey Road by HUB: Your Cycling Connection