Life in Wanderlust

Detroit pt.2
August 23, 2012, 11:40 am
Filed under: Architecture, Urbanism



August 18, 2012, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Travel, Urbanism


Kowloon Walled City
May 27, 2012, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Books + Writing, Urbanism


Kowloon Walled City, illustrated by Terasawa Hitomi

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

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.”

Stuyvesant Town
January 20, 2012, 10:03 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Urbanism

via Tropolism

A recent trip to Stuyvesant Town left me intrigued and interested in learning more about the housing development. I headed to Stuy Town with an incomplete address to look at a sublet. I figured I would find the place when I arrived, not realizing that there are 110 apartment buildings. As I wandered around the complexes, I wondered about the current state and conceptions of this urban renewal project. There was a diverse population in terms of age and ethnicity, and I saw a fountain, playground and basketball courts.

The housing project was originally developed by Robert Moses to accomodate the post World War II population growth. I can see how the buildings were once seen as a bit of an urban utopia in the post war era- an affordable and homogenous neighborhood to raise a family. However as I searched for my destination, I discovered a lack of vitality or personality from the neighborhood. The duplicate apartment structures made it difficult to navigate and there wasn’t much to see or do. Unfortunately, I was unable to view the apartment (which could have changed my attitude about Stuy Town).

Also, here’s an article about the “100 Most Powerless New Yorkers” where Tenants of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village rank 43rd.