NORTH AMERICA/ New York City
“eVolo” is an architecture and design magazine founded in 2009 based in New York and specialized on sustainability, technology and innovative design for 21st Century. Their aim is to publicize and consider about the the most leading ideas coming from the schools and professional studios from all over the world. Through its contemporary projects, news and events it is a tool to discover the reality and the future of design.
eVolo arranges a very popular futuristic skyscraper design competitions since 2006.
The first prize winning project of the 2015 Skyscraper Competition.
Ewa Odyjas, Agnieszka Morga, Konrad Basan, Jakub Pudo – Poland
Type/Subject: Architecture Magazine
Tags: sustainability, technology, innovative design, future design, futuristic design, skyscrapers, competition
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
NORTH AMERICA/ Washington D.C, United States
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an indepentent organization which is established by architecture and design students, looking for different programs, events and resources about architecture and architectural education. Their mission as it is cited on their web page is “to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.” They describe their formation as “sole student voice”. Every year they organize meetings and programs in a different city. They arrange forum and meeting programs which take 3 days and contains workshop, lecture, networking, career, and fun activities. They collaborate with The American Institute of Architects (AIA), The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), The National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) and The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
Type/ Subject/ tags: Institutions/ Student-run organization
NORTH AMERICA/ Chicago, United States
“SOILED” is a periodical architecture magazine founded by young professions in 2011, in Chicago. They are discussing the current architectural issues by architectural stories in a fictional way of expression and trying to feature what the world “could be” rather than “should be”.
According to their website the team describe the magazine as “SOILED is a periodical of architectural stories that makes a mess of the built environment and the politics of space. Our stories are unexpected, accessible, and they instigate mischief! This means a close and serious—and sometimes humorous—examination of the mundane and in-between spaces we inhabit or traverse on a daily basis; a license to boldly, creatively, and irreverently challenge conventional architectural interventions and interpretations. Rather than imagining what the world should be, SOILED delights in envisioning what the world could be. We believe that by intensifying the fictive and storytelling potential in architecture, we might engage a broader public in architectural ideas from discourse to action.”
Type/Subject: Architecture Magazine
Tags: politics, technology, built environment
NORTH AMERICA/ Washington, United States
“CityLab” known as “The Atlantic Cities” until 2014, is an online resource founded in 2011. In their original website it is described as “The most innovative ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhoods.” and it is added as “Through original reporting, sharp analysis, and visual storytelling, CityLab informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there.”
Type/Subject: Digital publication
Tags: urban planning, community buildings, future cities
“High Line” is a 2.33 km-long elevated railway going above streets and through, near buildings in Manhattan, New York, which was built to supply and carry goods from and to the industrial district of Manhattan as a “West Side Improvement Project” in 1934. The railway stopped working after the growth of interstate trucking caused loss of its importance and was decided to be demolished.
In 1999 Friends of the High Line was founded by Joshua David and Robert Hammond, who were living in that neighborhood and wanted to preserve High Line as a public open space. The photographs which photographer Joel Sternfeld climbed up and took of wild self-seeded landscape grew on the tracks and became the best way of telling the story of the High Line to people and to influence them. With public participation, after strong and serious efforts and processes, they succeeded and the renovation began. It was completed as 3 phases and all the design and re-construction process was shared with the public. The first phase of the High Line finished in 2009, the second phase in 2011 and the last third phase in 2014. Now the linear green park with full off public activities and events goes above the city passing three neighbourhoods starting from the Gansevoort Street to the 34th Street; and the operating budget of the High Line comes from the donations.
It is very innovative and important project which was public participated and supported during all its processes and still is; and certainly it came both with its possitive and negative impacts on its neighbourhood.
from New Orleans, Louisiana
“I Wish This Was” is a project created by a public artist Candy Chang in New Orleans. Chung, sticks “I wish this was….” stickers on forsaken buildings and lets people imagine, think and share their thoughts, dreams and fantasies about this places.
The aim of the project is to discover the ways of civic engegement. This is a good project that allows all the people get heard especially the locals who are living here and using this environment every day and in some way it works as a public survey when it is about considering the future or current situations of this places. I like the way that Candy Chang shares the downloadable “sticker files” on internet and supports people to use them.
from Brighton, UK
This a domestic energy usage project created by Jon Bird from Open University, which took place on a street called “Tidy Street” in Brighton, UK in April, 2011. It was a collaborative work with the households. Their energy consumptions were recorded each day, and by the infographics of the graffiti artist Snub, the data was painted on streets becoming a public display; and every week participants of the project was able to add a new comparative line to compare their electricity usage with another regions or countries. In the documantary “Urbanized” there are interviews which were made with the householders. The participants were given meters by which they could measure their daily electricity usage and they were also able to identify which devices use the most energy.
They all seem very interested, sensetive and pleased about the project in documentary. In my opinion, this is a really attractive way to get people involved in such social awareness issues and really succesful way to create conductive comunication with the people in the way it leads them to know about the current urban issues by making them visible, attainable and thinkable.