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immigration by country
December 13, 2015, 1:05 pm
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A map that shows immigration by country by International Organization for Migration



freedom to remake ourselves
November 22, 2015, 5:03 pm
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A multivalent definition of cities: the manifestation of who we are, our relationships, our attitude toward nature, our quotidian habits, how we use technology, what we find beautiful.

There is freedom in changing our built environments to change ourselves.

the question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from the question of what kind of people we want to be, what kinds of social relations we seek, what relations to nature we cherish, what style of daily life we desire, what kinds of technologies we deem appropriate, what aesthetic values we hold. The right to the city is, therefore, far more than a right of individual access to the resources that the city embodies: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city more after our heart’s desire. It is, moreover, a collective rather than an individual right since changing the city inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power over the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake ourselves and our cities is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.

David Harvey, The Right to the City



we are risk averse
June 8, 2014, 4:15 pm
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A quote from Rem Koolhaas the curator of this year’s Venice Biennale. He explains how comfort has displaced bolder, riskier bigger ideals. What is an architecture of liberty, equality, brotherhood? Whatever it is, it’s a vastly more interesting ideal and will without question yield exponentially more interesting and valuable results.

I think we are absolutely becoming incredibly risk averse. And I think that we are currently operating on three values only: comfort, security and sustainability. They have basically replaced the French Liberte Egalite Fraternite. And I really don’t think that’s an improvement.

Rem Koolhaas: ‘Architecture has become a total fiction’ Rem Koolhaas at the Venice Biennale



deplastify
November 16, 2013, 1:52 pm
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From: learningfundamentals.com.au



cycling copenhagen
October 9, 2013, 2:49 pm
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How the Danes do it – admired through American eyes.
Some notes: counters show exciting increases in use, over 50% women, cargo bikes for kids, kids start at 4, dedicated lanes some with curbs, drivers are tames, kids learn to bike in school, safety in numbers, biking is part of life, infrastructure like ramps and parking is easy to use, signals are timed for bikes – not cars!, cheaper, easier and safer mode of transportation.
New York is a battle ground, a war between car and bike, compared to this.



Oikos and Logos
September 30, 2013, 11:22 am
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“There are certain fundamental laws that are inherent to the natural world that we can use as models and mentors for human designs. Ecology comes from the Greek roots Oikos and Logos, “household” and “logical discourse.” Thus, it is appropriate, if no imperative, for architects to discourse about the logic of our earth household.”

William McDonough



areavibes.com
November 28, 2012, 8:45 pm
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Check out areavibes – like walkscore but with more meat.