Thursday, June 22, 2006

Blase Attitude

This pop culture take on Las Vegas, urban alienation, and the blase attitude is pretty smart. If only I could teach my classes this quickly.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Curating the City

This is one of the more impressive annotated mapping sites I've seen. It's a very elegant design.

The Big Dig House

A house made entirely out of left-overs from the Big Dig.

There is nothing particularly new or rare in making dwellings out of industrial waste. Discarded (and stolen) shipping containers section off living spaces in slums from Bombay to Cape Town. Cinder-block and corrugated-metal shanties form the bulk of the favelas perched on Rio de Janeiro's precarious hillsides.

There is, however, something novel about constructing a house with discarded castoffs that need to be moved by crane. "It's kind of like Junkyard Wars meets Habitat for Humanity."