BOOK REVIEW (by DOMUS):
Urban Future Manifestos
Kimberli Meyer, Zvi Hecker; Peter Noever, Ai Weiwei (eds). Hatje Cantz, 2011 (168 pp., US $40).
“Predictions and propositions for the future are always hindered by the blind spots of the present. Nevertheless, the consciousness of everyday life holds vast potential intelligence. To focus, observe, analyze, postulate, and act critically upon the surrounding world is to wield significant agency.”
Food Pieces: Food Assistance -
“While some economists are declaring the recession over, and although the stock market continues to rise, those on the bottom of the economic ladder are seeing fewer improvements to their day-to-day lives. The number of…
Flicking through Buildings - Design Bureau -
(Photo by Sue Barr)
Designing a dream city is easy; rebuilding a living one takes imagination. — Jane Jacobs (via rtoakland)
Drones in the Force
Lighter and cheaper than a helicopter and equipped with high tech features, these vehicles are increasingly on the want list of law enforcement officials. Though none of these drones are yet in active duty, police and sheriff’s departments – more than 300 according to the Federal Aviation Administration – are adding them to their cache of public safety tools.
Using grant money from the Department of Homeland Security, officials in Montgomery County, Texas, recently purchased a $300,000 remotely piloted helicopter known as aShadowHawk. With built-in video and still cameras and infrared and nightvision sensors, the unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, is anticipated to greatly improve the sheriff’s department’s ability to fight crime and ensure public safety. “It’s so simple in its design and the objectives, you just wonder why anyone would choose not to have it,” Montgomery County Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel recently told KPRC.
Residents in the cities that have been testing these UAVs have voiced concerns about invasion of privacy and the worry that a robot could be flying over their heads at any moment, watching them. Montgomery County officials counter that UAV’s would only be used in specific instances. Read more.
Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism
peas in the middle east: Using permaculture and compost to regenerate arid Jordanian land -
The Permaculture Research Institute began a project in 2008 to train locals to use compost, efficient shading from the sun, and ground cover that traps moisture in order to begin rebuilding an agricultural way of life in their impoverished village. So far, it’s working.
Video from AlJazeera …
The Many Languages Of Twitter -
Love the work by Eric Fischer. This time he depicts the languages in use around the world on Twitter. Make sure to check his Flickr account. (via Fast Company)
Jordi Colomer -
Images from “Anarchitekton”, a video project by Jordi Colomer. Seen at BOOOOOOOM via La Periferia Domestica