Tag Archives: urban

The Sea Tree: An Urban Supplement

This past January, Waterstudio.NL released their concept of the Sea Tree. They claim that an undisclosed client is already interested and they plan to have the structure realized within two years. The idea for the Sea Tree came to solve the urban density crisis. As our cities become denser, the difficulty and cost to set […]

Quote: A Classic – The Sidewalk Ballet by Jane Jacobs

  Under the seeming disorder of the old city, wherever the old city is working successfully, is a marvelous order for maintaining the safety of the streets and the freedom of the city. It is a complex order. Its essence is intricacy of sidewalk use, bringing with it a constant succession of eyes. This order […]

Quote: Do you speak the language of cities?

  “A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities. Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go.”         – Rebecca Solnit, in: Wanderlust: A History of […]

Candy Chang Part III: I Wish This Was

When redeveloping parts of cities one of the more daunting tasks is determining what the community needs. A lot of work goes into research and analysis, but Candy seems to have found a very simple way to figure it out in addition to fostering they ever elusive ‘sense of community.’ This project originally began in New Orleans and was inspired by vacant storefronts.

Candy Chang Part II: Sidewalk Psychiatry

Pedestrians in the city often find themselves walking in deep thought. A routine trip can prompt reflections on everything from future goals to last night’s dinner conversation. Sidewalk Psychiatry encourages self-evaluation in transit by posing critical questions on the pavements of New York City with stencils and temporary spray chalk. Now your daily ponderings and emotional problems can be prodded and treated on the go – and, best of all, it’s free of charge!

Candy Chang Part I: Before I Die…

Candy Chang is an artist, designer and urban planner (BFA in Graphic Design, BS in Architecture and Masters in Urban Planning). Most of her projects center on public space, facilitating a bottom up voice for the community. She has received lots of recognition for her work (including from the almighty Oprah), which is more than well deserved. While there are many, many projects, I’ve selected 3 to show on DD in a 3-part post: Before I Die, Sidewalk Psychiatry, and I Wish This Was.

The Green Guerrilla

“I think that our distance from nature is already a cliché. City dwellers often have no relationship with animals or greenery. As a public artist I feel a sense of duty to draw attention to deficiencies in our everyday life” – Edina Tokodi (of Mosstika) Whether you call it green graffiti, guerrilla gardening, guerrilla art or […]