warrenellis + cities   37

CABINET // Trap Streets
"Such interventions are known colloquially as “trap streets,” a collective term for cartographic fictions with the intent to deter copyists. And, as noted, they may not all be streets: any geographic alteration can be used, from the fabrication of a remote nonexistent town to the mislabeling of the elevation of a mountain range."
maps  cities 
january 2013 by warrenellis
Nan Madol Ruins | Atlas Obscura
"Nan Madol seems to have housed the ruling elite caste of Saudeleur dynasty. It was a political and ceremonial seat of power. As a means of control of their subjects Saudeleur dynasty had succeeded in uniting the clans of Pohnpei. The rulers forced local chieftains to leave their home villages and move to the city where their activities could be more closely observed."
history  cities  spirit-tracks 
december 2012 by warrenellis
Pruned: Graffiti as Tactical Urban Wireless Network
"A Utah-based startup company called Chamtech Operations is claiming that its Spray On Antenna Kit can turn any surface into a high-powered antenna."
comms  cities 
june 2012 by warrenellis
When a Parking Lot Is So Much More - NYTimes.com
"A better parking lot might be covered with solar canopies so that it could produce energy while lowering heat. Or perhaps it would be surfaced with a permeable material like porous asphalt and planted with trees in rows like an apple orchard, so that it could sequester carbon and clean contaminated runoff."
eco  architecture  cities 
march 2012 by warrenellis
Guernica / White on Noir
"...the town is a post-apocalyptic industrial hellhole. When you first get there you think, “This is the ugliest place I’ve ever seen. There’s nothing attractive about it, there’s nothing inviting, let’s just leave.” After two hours, you realize that every place you’re going is numbered, as if you’re inside the guts of a circuit board or you’re living in a combination lock. The two people I was traveling with would send me a text, “Oh we’re in Region 8” or “Come meet us at 8174.” After the first three or four hours we started looking around and saying “Oh my god, we’re in an Alphaville set...”"
cities  energy  war 
february 2012 by warrenellis
everyday structures
"Recommended reading: Alan Wiig’s “everyday structures”, a blog “explor[ing] the place of infrastructure in the urban landscape”, with a particular focus on “Hertzian space” and digital communications infrastructure"
cities 
january 2012 by warrenellis
parainfrastructures – mammoth // building nothing out of something
"Let us suppose for a moment that the “Parainfrastructures” which Quaderns #262 concerns itself with are a class of things, that object-parodying helium balloons hovering around Heathrow Airport to block its expansion, inflatable “instant cities” powered by air compressors, “geodesic domes, parachutes, spray-foam dwellings, zomes, space frames”, “indoor built and ephemeral complexes” colonizing the open floor plans of abandoned airports, and architectural systems of “air control” can be read as a category of architectural objects called “parainfrastructures”."
cities  architecture  taz 
october 2011 by warrenellis
polis: Night and Day
"The city of Paris has a deputy mayor of the night. It is hard to think of a bureaucratic job title with more global cool cachet, even if large parts of the job involve overseeing sanitation, street repairs and other decidedly unromantic and underappreciated nighttime activities which make cities functional places to exist."
pol  cities 
october 2011 by warrenellis
shitscape
"“Shitscape” describes “the making of an entirely functioning landscape built from human excreta”. It proposes to accomplish this by recovering “the ‘soil’ from the settlements while extracting the beneficial flora from the forest and, in turn, utilize both as a generator for a new and evolving landscape”."
eco  cities 
october 2011 by warrenellis
Egyptian Dust: An Interview With Xenia Nikolskaya
"I know people who have penthouses, and they pay like 20 dollars for it per month. So that is a reason why half of these beautiful buildings are empty. The landlord can’t afford to renovate them because he doesn’t earn enough money. This makes the country look very weird. And that is why in some areas there is no development whatsoever."
cities 
september 2011 by warrenellis
After the Deluge: Alex Lukas at the Guerrero Gallery
"Rising from the muck, much like the urban wastelands of JG Ballard’s novels, Alex Lukas’ remnant landscapes present viewers with a future vision of our ruined present. These works on paper hover into one’s vision, offering fleeting memories of great cities, lost and then rediscovered. Cities or their fragments are inundated with water, scrub, marsh, and creeping vegetation. Older industrial ruins are covered with graffiti—signs of life without the existence of people or other animals. These scenes of a world, after an unnamed disaster, skirt the line between aestheticizing decay and asking revealing questions of meaning, memory, and mortality that arise when gazing at ruins."
cities  sf  art 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Sino Superfund
"Urbanization in China--explosive and seemingly boundless in potential--has in some cities reached a 'natural' obstacle. A vast ring of post-industrial sites surrounds cities like Tianjin, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Although the factories have moved further afield, the remaining land and groundwater is often seriously contaminated."
cities  pol 
september 2011 by warrenellis
fecal politics
"According to the World Bank, in 2008 46 percent of Indian urbanites – or nine out of every ten living in a slum – lacked “improved sanitation facilities”, meaning that people living within them lack sewerage and public toilets3. Where community toilets do exist, poor maintenance and overuse often render them unsanitary before long. For example, a survey of 151 slum settlements in Mumbai conducted by Mahila Milan/NSDF found that there were 3,433 municipal toilet seats, 80 percent of which were not working, to serve one million people – a ratio of one toilet for every 1,488 people4. Likewise, a 1993 survey of half a million slum-dwellers in Kanpur found that 66 percent had no toilets. Lacking facilities, they shit in the open or in waterways."
pol  cities  eco  med 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Guernica / Anthony Cuthbertson: Radical Thinking to Recreate And Reimagine Our Cities
"His radical methods included a “vaccine against violence,” and firing all 3,200 of the notoriously corrupt traffic police and rehiring 400 of them as mime artists to manage the city’s traffic."
pol  cities 
september 2011 by warrenellis
Infrastructure and the State
"So, the Adaptive Journey service I describe isn’t possible at the moment, because you can’t get at the user data without breaking TfL’s terms and conditions. Nevertheless, the “We see you’re doing this, perhaps you’d find it better to do that” design pattern is a powerful one, if used properly." Yeah, crossref with @TowerBridge there, Ben. good read, though.
cities  design  net  pol 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Robot Flâneur
“Google Street View is both the view from the machine (from the car, the Ballardian view-of-our-times) and the view of the machine (the way the machine sees). Overlayed with data augmentation, from a non-human-natural perspective (the roof of the car), slightly lensed (fish-eyed), wholly networked.”
cities  digital  net  viewing  social 
june 2011 by warrenellis
'Designing the Post-Political City and the Insurgent Polis': A Recorded Presentation by Erik Swyngedouw
"Swyngedouw points to a climate of global consensus that has become pervasive over the past twenty years, effectively suppressing dissent and excluding most people from governance. He explains this consensus as limited to a select group (e.g., elite politicians, business leaders, NGOs, experts from a variety of fields) and perpetuated through "empty signifiers" like the sustainable/creative/world-class city. He argues that this consensus serves a "post-political" neoliberal order in which governments fail to address citizens' most basic needs in order to subsidize the financial sector and take on grandiose projects designed to attract global capital."
cities  pol  social  money 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Adaptive Journeys
"A way to make cities, and especially London, a tiny bit better."
cities 
june 2011 by warrenellis
Listen Closely: Broadcastr Brings You An Audio Guide To The Whole Wide World
"a new platform that allows anyone to record or upload audio, and then “pin” it to physical locations. Broadcastr then indexes and curates that audio for playback via Web or smartphone, where it can be filtered and shared in the usual ways."
cities  net  audio 
march 2011 by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: UNSOLVING THE CITY: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHINA MIÉVILLE
"Novelists have an endless drive to aestheticize and to complicate. I know there’s a very strong tradition—a tradition in which I write, myself—about the decoding of the city. Thomas de Quincey, Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Iain Sinclair—that type-thing. The idea that, if you draw the right lines across the city, you’ll find its Kabbalistic heart and so on. The thing about that is that it’s intoxicating — but it’s also bullshit. It’s bullshit and it’s paranoia..."
cities  writing  interviews 
march 2011 by warrenellis
Study reveals mercury levels in downtown Toronto
"Buildings are not only an intrinsic part of Toronto's landscape, they are also adding mercury to the city's air. As suggested by the findings of a Ryerson University study, it can lead to a negative long-term impact on our health..."
cities  med 
march 2011 by warrenellis
English Russia » Caves Just Under The Capital City – Syani Stone Mines
"Syani or Syanskie stone mines is a Moscow artificial cave system, where limestone was excavated for the city building."
cities  history 
february 2011 by warrenellis
UNDERCITY on Vimeo
Andrew Wonder and Steve Duncan exploring the NYC underground. Thanks to Siege for passing me the link.
video  cities 
january 2011 by warrenellis

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