of hazard - mega-cities
and disasters in transition - the full 544 pages of selected
papers discussing future hazards for big cities.
city - Art and Culture in
the Modern Metropolis. This 2001 exhibition examined in detail
9 cities in 9 different eras. The website archive is quite interesting.
alexander - read parts I and II of "The City is not a
Tree" at this free branch of the RUDI website.
- resources and discussion board. As of March 2002 this site has
"purged" all architecture links so now it's only planning-related
world cities in pacific asia - full text of a book about how
asian and oceanic cities are responding to global economic restructuring.
archive of contemporary public space - informative site with
many urban interventions discussed - indexed by city.
Gehl - you can read the first achapter of "Life between
Buildings" at the RUDI site.
documents of an ideal american suburb - a photo essay by Peter
Bacon Hales of the University of Illinois.
colonist - a magazine that looks at the city from the point
of view of the footpath (ie small observations in great detail).
- odd site from the University of Genoa with links to many cutting
edge urban project books, some online.
- english resource for urban design information - now they required
paid registration to access most parts of the site - there is
a section with some pretty good free
stuff by the likes of Christopher Alexander and Jan Gehl. [LINK
drift - a 2002 effort, the intent of which was to be, "a
network for the development of trans-cultural urban strategies.
Concentrating on urban voids, gaps and residual, or peripheral
zones and public spaces, members of URBAN DRIFT act as tacticians
for a contemporary urban praxis, developing a discourse within
Berlin as one of the primary cities of flux." Worth a look.
regeneration - topical links page at the Guardian newspaper.
The links are mainly to english sites.
davis - all in his head - a criticle article about Mike Davis,
L.A's famous urban critic, in Salon Magazineafter the release
of his book "Ecology of Fear", with links on to similar
and privately owned public spaces - a city review essay describing
in great detail the deterioration of plaza spaces in Manhatten.
Many photos and links on to articles about the buildings mentioned.
urbanism - a loudpaper article on urbanism at the turn of
the century. [03/05]
lockdown - SF Weekly article (12/99) discusses a proposal
to build the first gated community in the Mission District. "As
of 1997, 20,000 gated communities, comprising an estimated 3 million
units, had sprung up across the country..".
||TOPIC : GATED COMMUNITIES
chic - the aesthetics of surveillance - a loudpaper article
on paranoia and fashion. "The fashionability of surveillance
is nostalgic. It is a will to return to an acutely visual world.
Stripped of any functional surveillance, Paranoid Chic operates
on the level of aesthetic." [LINK
city - this project dates back to the 1930s and continues
to grow. This high-rise city takes gating to its extreme by. Take
with salt: "In the far distant future, perhaps 100 to 150
million years from now when 90% of the people in the U.S. are
living in Victory Cities, the major portion of all crimes committed
will be concentrated amongst the remaining 10% of the people still
living in the old obsolete cities. This will enable the entire
might of the nation... concentrate on the 10% instead of being
spread thin amongst 100% of the people."
has been designed specifically for adults. They are the sole target
audience. So, if we have children visiting Aurora we insist on
parental supervision when they are in common areas such as a swimming
pool or health club.>>
A weird new type of ghetto, on sale now on the Gold Coast.
Call For Design Review
Institute goes off at obese project homes.
for improvement on the fringe
The Oz has a brief look at the McMansion phenomenon, getting the
NSW Government Architect to say, "obviously you can't have
the best designers doing each individual project home". Why
in homely protest
Carr thinks McMansions are ugly. The HIA doesn't, and is pissed
there be light - and a tree or two, please
McMansions on the way out at AV Jennings - no more formal dining
rooms, no more federation style. Wow! But their website hints
that ye olde worlde is alive and well. AV
- 60 Minutes investigated obesity in housing in 2006. They visited the Gold Coast to find the ridiculous...
"MICHELLE: Our first home was 12 squares.
PETER HARVEY: How big is this one, Michelle?
MICHELLE: Ah, 260 — so we've come a fair way." Full transcript and video. [07/06]
to build new traditional village - Charles to build second
nostalgic village, harking back to a time when royalty was respected.
(Independent UK 12.01.03)
work in the fields of the mouse
- a review of an ethnography of that newurbanist Disney town called
Celebration, in Florida, designed by Robert Stern. Quote from
a disgruntled local: "I've had enough of this, I've got pixie
dust coming out of my ass!" (Atlantic 09/99)"
- Prince Charles' views on architecture (make it traditional)
are well represented by INTBAU, of which he is patron. The clunky
acronym stands for International Network for Traditional Building,
Architecture & Urbanism. Contains interesting articles on
the World Trade Centre and Dresden.
jacobs - a september 2000 interview (she's 83 now) with the
author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities",
the textbook for the new urbanist movement.
urbanism - New Urban News - a journal into "traditional
urbanism - a PBS special report containing articles and a
forum to accompany a TV program.
||TOPIC : SPRAWL / SUBURBS:
under threat from land grabs - Auckland sprawl, the RMA,
natural landscape studies. "It is the heritage of New Zealanders
to live in scenic settings" - well that's one way of looking
at the rapid rolling out of lifestyle blocks over the city's outskirts.(NZH
we sprawl - An Atlantic Monthly
article looking into the suburban dilemmas faced by the USA. Also
links onwards to other 'sprawl' sites. (12/99)
The first of the drab american 'burbs,turned fifty in 2002. The
Levit Brothers used to build 35 houses a day. Hardly time for
Efficient Mortgages - at a time when the news is telling us
gloomily that there is no hope for Gen Xers looking to buy property
in the inner cities, perhaps we should look offshore. This is
a novel way of thinking about mortgages and combatting sprawl.
Thy Neighbour - news - Sydney sprawl. <<Contrary
to what we were told, suburbia is no more at home in this great
dry continent than beef or cotton-farming... the attempt to enshrine
it as some kind of inalienable right is about as community-minded
as hosing the concrete in a 100-year dry.>>(SMH
is watching urban sprawl, and it's not pretty. (NASA
and anthropogenic hazards in the Sydney sprawl: Is the city sustainable?
- John Handmer 1999 - a well written and illustrated paper about
Sydney's planning history and the problems the city is now facing.
suburbia: crowded land of the giants -
Sydney's McMansions and the Inverse Donut Effect. "Most of
the popular builders offer six or more facades that can be fitted
to the same interior. You can whack on faux French Provincial,
Tuscan, Georgian, Federation, Victoriana, Colonial, American Colonial,
Australian traditional or modern." (SMH 26.08.03)
- a web installation showing changes in North Canton in Ohio.
Intriguing snippets of audio interviews, panoramas, and text.
"What is the role of suburban expansion at the turn of the
second millennium, and how is it changing the character of the
American landscape and the sense of identity we ascribe to it?"
||TOPIC : TEMPORARY
protest architecture - dissent space in australia
- Gregory Cowan writes about protest structures. "Subverting
the official and institutional state architecture, which is massive
white and permanent, this architecture of counterculture is instead
light, colourful and spontaneous." BAD SUBJECTS JAN 2004
Alliance - An organisation set up by the World Bank and the
UN in 1999 to reduce poverty in rapidly urbanising countries.
housing and urban research institute - AHURI - a partially
government-funded institute - not much to read on site.
century of housing - A short history of the house in Sydney,
by Graham Jahn. Sydney Morning Herald 8/2000
urban design and climate - Bureau of Meteorology site explaining
the impact of urban design on climate.
of infrastructure - this link takes you to the Victorian DOI's
urban design resources, in the form of many downloadable pdf files.
book - The New South Wales government patternbook for
residential flats is proving to be a web success story (in terms
of traffic at least). [12/03]
design forum - newsy urban design magazine beaming out of
Melbourne - free to view on site. Contains upcoming conferences
and lots of articles from around the world.
frontiers program - the University of Western Sydney brings
you this subsite, which intends to, "improve understanding
of, and provide innovative responses to, urban challenges and
opportunities." Many downloads available of newsletters and
essays, many foccussing on Western Sydney. [07/03]
waterfront - Auckland City
Council information on the competition (now closed) for the redevelopment
of the Britomart precinct.
role of government has diminished while the task of place-making
has largely been handed to the development industry. And, naturally,
the primary concern of developers is not to make fine places, but
to make money. All that government has kept for itself is the right
to make the rules that will establish the broad outlines of the
development. When those rules are broken or eroded, government credibility
suffers and the knee-jerk "anti-development" reaction
is only reinforced.>>
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 12/01/02
suburban castles may become tomorrow's white elephants, as empty
nesters sell up and downsize. House sizes are growing at the rate
of an additional powder room each year.>>
RYAN OF ACCESS ECONOMICS, SMH 21 FEB 2002