Life in Wanderlust

On Cities
March 5, 2012, 12:44 am
Filed under: Community, Thoughts, Urbanism

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 

― Jane Jacobs


February 18, 2012, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Community

via Inhabitat

A post dinner stroll with some friends visiting from Atlanta led us to this LED Heart sculpture in Times Square! Designed by BIG in collaboration with FLATCUT_ and Local Projects, this sculpture supposedly gets brighter as more people touch a nearby heart pad. The instructions were a bit vague, and the results were more subtle than expected. I had my hand on the heart with three strangers and didn’t see much of a change.

Either way, the sculpture was a pleasant surprise in Times Square, which I have avoided like a proper non-tourist. The sculpture is up until February 29th, so stop by if you get a chance.

*And Facebook a photo of the BIG heart to Think Energy, they’re donating $1/photo to Hope and Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund.

Social Media Week 2012 – Instagram
February 16, 2012, 12:58 am
Filed under: Community, Thoughts


via Instagram NYC

February 13-17 is Social Media Week around the world. It’s an event designed to generate conversations about the future, possibilities, and impact of social media. I attended the Instagram NYC Community Party with no expectations and left indifferent to the event. I did arrive a little late, so I missed the speaker. Most of my time was spent waiting in line, where I was told I could possibly not get into the event for the night because it was overbooked. However, I stuck around and made it inside.

The venue was filled with twenty-somethings, the majority of which were in advertising and PR (of course), so I didn’t make any valuable connections. Although all you people were super nice! Anyways, my networking skills are a bit subpar but I felt the event could have prompted more conversation about Instagram in general or even in innovation in photosharing- that’s what networking is about right? I think it’s always valuable to generate discussion about how companies add value to society and people’s lives. I intend to check out a few more events and listen to a few speakers, so hopefully I’ll learn something!

Park Here: Indoor Pop-Up Park
February 8, 2012, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Art + Design, Community

Park Here pop up event

via OpenHouse Gallery

Dec 5, 2011 – Feb 15, 2012

Pop-up galleries, shops and restaurants have permeated pop culture and society for the past few years, so it’s no surprise to discover a more permanent pop-up space in New York. OpenHouse Gallery at 201 Mulberry St. in Nolita is a “pop up concept lab.” I recently came across the Park Here: Indoor Pop-Up Park event and am eager to check out the venue before it closes. How can you go wrong with hammocks and free WiFi?

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream
February 2, 2012, 2:20 am
Filed under: Architecture, Community, Urbanism


Rendering of Nature-City by WorkAC via MoMA

February 15–July 30, 2012

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream is an exploration of new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis. During summer 2011, five interdisciplinary teams of architects, urban planners, ecologists, engineers, and landscape designers worked in public workshops at MoMA PS1 to envision new housing and transportation infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation, particularly in the country’s suburbs.”

This exhibition features proposals for the future of cities by Studio Gang, MOS, WORKac, Visible Weather and Zago Architecture. All conceptualized large-scale proposals for specific regions in the nation. The nature of the task inherently requires a top-down approach, which immediately leads to issues in terms of feasibility. Therefore, it is necessary to view these projects less so as solutions and more as catalysts of change. Spatially, I expect to see extensive transportation infrastructures and dense high-rise apartments. With the expertise of interdisciplinary teams, I am interested to see the proposed governmental and environmental policies.

TED Prize: Wishes Big Enough to Change the World
January 31, 2012, 12:27 am
Filed under: Art + Design, Community, Inspiration, Urbanism

via Inside Out

I spotted some Inside Out portraits while on a stroll through St. Mark’s Place this weekend, reminding me of JR’s beautiful photography and art projects. His work can be found all over the world and his portraits blur the line between art and artist. He won the TED Prize in 2011, which funds Inside Out: A Global Art Project.

The 2012 TED Prize winner is an idea for cities of the future- The City 2.0. I’m excited for the unveiling of the wish at TED2012 and learning details for this much needed plan of action.

“The City 2.0 is the city of the future… a future in which more than ten billion people on planet Earth must somehow live sustainably.

The City 2.0 is not a sterile utopian dream, but a real-world upgrade tapping into humanity’s collective wisdom.

The City 2.0 promotes innovation, education, culture, and economic opportunity.

The City 2.0 reduces the carbon footprint of its occupants, facilitates smaller families, and eases the environmental pressure on the world’s rural areas.

The City 2.0 is a place of beauty, wonder, excitement, inclusion, diversity, life.

The City 2.0 is the city that works.”

Vittra Telefonplan
January 27, 2012, 7:47 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Community, Thoughts

Vittra Telefonplan

via Rosan Bosch

“How do you create a school without any walls? In the 30 schools of the swedish free school organisation Vittra there are no classes or classrooms – instead, the students are taught in groups according to level based on the school’s pedagogical principles of ’the wateringhole’, ’the show-off’, ’the cave’, ’the campfire’ and ’the laboratory’ – didactic approaches that create different types of learning and teaching situations. In Vittra, they do not believe in regular classes and the school organisation’s vision is to create an everyday for the individual students where individual development, a living cultural work and challenging learning environments are most important.”

— Rosan Bosch

Rethinking Education

Imagine going to a school without classes and having a MacBook permanently attached to your fingertips. This proposal for a school system in Sweden seems like a great development in elementary pedagogy. The focus on creating stimulating environments and individualized education are values that the United States should incorporate into their public education system.

When I visited my Little Sister at her elementary school, I recalled of the strict and generalized public education that I received (as well as the terrible hot lunches that were 20% consumed/80% thrown out). It seems strange now to see children raising their hands to ask to use the restroom or arbitrarily told not to doodle on papers. As each student learns in different ways and paces, it seems intuitive to create education systems that optimize growth and potential in individuals. Instead of encouraging students to memorize and repeat, kids should be taught to constantly question, understand and break rules, especially in the public education system, where many students rely solely on their government provided teachers for an education. Fostering an inquisitive mind will lead to growth in technology and a rise in entrepreneurship two fields (of many) that can create positive change in the real world.