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    Friday
    Sep302011

    Enrique Peñalosa Comments on the role of the city and mass transit


    Transport Forum - Enrique PEÑALOSA by TransportForum

    Enrique Peñalosa, Director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, being interviewed at the International Transport Forum on Transport for Society, Leipzig, Germany.

    "...in order to make full use of all the great potential that a city has, because I think the city is the best place for the realization of the human potential...we need mobility to make full use of this...."
    Friday
    Sep302011

    El transporte masivo en Colombia está en la cuerda floja

    Mass transit in Colombia is out of pace with demand in various cities. The Colombian Department of Infrastructure, (Cámara Colombiana de Infraestructura) recently released a study that criticises the national mass transit system (Sistemas Integrados de Transporte Masivo) for failing to meet the demand of projected use.

    The vice-minister of transportation, Felipe Targa, proposed a comprehensive plan for the system to be enacted in 2012, arguing for sustainable urban development in conjunction with expanded investment in mass transit.

    In Bogota, the most famous example of bus-rapid transit investment, 1.7 million passengers are overtaxing the BRT system. A call for improvements to phases I and II of the TransMilenio are being proposed, while a phase III plan that would expand to integrate with its regional partner cities.

    Original Spanish language El Tiempo article here.

    Thursday
    Sep222011

    The Story of Stuff



    http://www.storyofstuff.com/

    Story of Stuff, Full Version; How Things Work, About Stuff

    From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

    ©Tides Foundation & Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption

    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
    Wednesday
    Sep212011

    Urbanized: U.S. Premiere

    Attended last night's premiere of Urbanized a documentary film by Gary Hustwit. Q+A session followed the screening, with Bruce Katz, Amanda M. Burden, and Michael Sorkin.

    About the Film Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain.

    Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren’t created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact improving the cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

    Urbanized is the third part of Gary Hustwit’s design film trilogy, joining Helvetica and Objectified. Urbanized will premiere at film festivals later this year, followed by cinema screenings worldwide, television broadcasts, and release on DVD and digital formats. Join our mailing list or follow Gary on Twitter to stay informed of new announcements.

    Featuring: Udo Andriof (Stuttgart 21) Alejandro Aravena (Elemental) Jon Bird (Open University) Amanda Burden (NYC Department of Planning) Ricky Burdett (LSE Urban Age Project) Candy Chang (Civic Center) Yung Ho Chang (Atelier FCJZ) James Corner (Field Operations) Mark Covington (Georgia Street Community Garden) Joshua David (Friends of the High Line) Ellen Dunham-Jones (Georgia Tech) Kathryn Ewing (Sun Development) Sir Norman Foster (Foster + Partners) Grady Gammage Jr. (Gammage & Burnham) Jan Gehl (Gehl Architects) Alastair Graham (City of Cape Town) Robert Hammond (Friends of the High Line) Jacqueline James (Jonker & Barnes Architects) Bruce Katz (Brookings Institution) Tarna Klitzner (Landscape Architect) Rem Koolhaas (OMA) Rahul Mehrotra (RMA Architects) Grover Mouton (Tulane University TRUDC) Oscar Niemeyer (ONA) Sicelo Nkohla (VPUU) Eduardo Paes (Mayor, Rio de Janeiro) Sheela Patel (SPARC) Enrique Peñalosa (Former Mayor of Bogota) Edgar Pieterse (African Centre for Cities) Ric Scofidio (Diller, Scofidio + Renfro) Michael Sorkin (Sorkin Architects) Gangolf Stocker (Leben in Stuttgart) and more participants TBA

    Produced and Directed by Gary Hustwit

    Editors Shelby Siegel Michael Culyba

    Director of Photography Luke Geissbuhler

    Associate Producers Lucy Raven Pamela Puchalski

    Assistant Editor Hudson Lines

    Additional Photography Gary Hustwit Ben Kempas Martin A. Kuhnert Ben Wolf Bernardo Palmeiro Kevin Fritz Bing Bing

    Sound Recording David Curtin Jessica Edwards Sebastián Navarro Rafael Ospino Suresh Rajamani Madeleine Dallmeyer Christopher Ward Julian Joseph

    Production Assistance Kevin Fritz (China) Prabhat Gupta (India) Interactive Africa (South Africa) Ximena Sotomayor (Columbia) Ben Kempas (Germany) Sarah F. Cox (USA) Billy Bacon (Brazil)
    Monday
    Sep192011

    Congratulations to the SCI-Arc class of 2011

    Didactic Experiences

    This short tries to capture Southern California Institute of Architecture's annual September graduation and thesis show. It was shot over a three day event. The original music is done by a friend of a friend Aaron Spectrc. Please support him here. http://drumcorpsmassive.com/

    The event features a verity of internationally respected architects including SCI-Arc's Director Eric Owen Moss, Greg Lynn, Thom Mayne, Silvia Lavin, and Jeffrey Kipnis among others.

    The time lapse shots where made with a ND filter and a remote timer. The movement was done in After Effects. I used a Canon 550D for the footage with a collection of lenses.

    A special thank you to Karim Attoui and Stefano Passeri.

    Congratulations to the SCI-Arc class of 2011

    Best graduate thesis students honored this year are Francisco Alarcon Ruiz (M.Arch 1) for Innerscapes, David A. Bantz (M.Arch 2) for Fuzzy Figures: Pictorial Dissolution of Formal Perception, Ivan Bernal (M.Arch 2) for Familiar Primitives , Michael W. Gross (M.Arch 2) for The Cut, Paul Mecomber (M.Arch 2) for Strange Symmetry: The Conjoined Twin, and ESTm post-graduates Curime Batliner (ESTm), Brandon Kruysman (ESTm), and Jonathan Proto (ESTm) for their group thesis project SYN | Synchronous (Object)ives developed in the brand new SCI-Arc Robot House.

    Graduate students selected to exhibit alongside the best thesis winners in the 2011 Selected Thesis Exhibition are: Matthew Au (M.Arch 1), Amada Diemoz Webber (M.Arch 1), Donovan Ballantyne (M.Arch 2), and Kim Lagercrantz

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