MIDTOWN VIADUCTS PROJECT IN DETROITOpen Call for Artistic Proposals | Application Deadline April 30, 2014
Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district with public art and light. MDI is pleased to announce that its Call for Entries is now open.
The Second and Cass Avenue viaducts are two fully operational railroad bridge grade separations located between Baltimore and Amsterdam Streets in TechTown. Originally constructed in 1934, these once magnificent viaducts have been poorly maintained over the years and lack adequate lighting, contributing to unsafe perceptions of the district. This call seeks to give these industrial bridges new life—making them a choice destination rather than a place to pass through.
Accepted proposals will be funded up to $75,000 per viaduct. Applicants may provide proposals for either one or both viaducts. If applying for both viaducts, proposals may treat each viaduct as two separate installations or visually connect the two viaducts with a cohesive design.
Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:
+      Conceives an imaginative transformation of space and conceptual design
+      Combines art and function to create a friendlier environment that promotes use of the space
+      Creates a signature presence for the viaducts that encourages daytime and nighttime interaction
+      Provides adequate and artfully designed lighting
+      Utilizes sustainable building materials and is feasible to maintain
+      Contributes to TechTown’s identity as a hub of innovation
This call is open to all professional artists, architects, designers, design firms and/or teams consisting of these entities located in the following eight southeast Michigan counties:  Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. National and international partners may be included in any given team as long as the project lead can prove residency or physical presence in one of the previously mentioned eight counties. Winning proposals will be selected by a panel of Detroit-based curators and arts professionals.
TechTown is a 20-block emerging innovation district anchored by three key institutions in Midtown Detroit—Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies and the Henry Ford Health System. The Midtown Viaducts Project will contribute to the growing vibrancy of the district and will become a unique destination for visitors.
TO APPLY:Log into the SlideRoom application system. Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light Project open call applications are only available online at https://midtowndetroitinc.slideroom.com. The closing date for applications is April 30, 2014. The selected projects will be announced in May 2014.
Click here for PDF of Midtown Viaducts Request For Proposals | Last Updated: February 20, 2014

MIDTOWN VIADUCTS PROJECT IN DETROIT
Open Call for Artistic Proposals | Application Deadline April 30, 2014

Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district with public art and light. MDI is pleased to announce that its Call for Entries is now open.

The Second and Cass Avenue viaducts are two fully operational railroad bridge grade separations located between Baltimore and Amsterdam Streets in TechTown. Originally constructed in 1934, these once magnificent viaducts have been poorly maintained over the years and lack adequate lighting, contributing to unsafe perceptions of the district. This call seeks to give these industrial bridges new life—making them a choice destination rather than a place to pass through.

Accepted proposals will be funded up to $75,000 per viaduct. Applicants may provide proposals for either one or both viaducts. If applying for both viaducts, proposals may treat each viaduct as two separate installations or visually connect the two viaducts with a cohesive design.

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

+      Conceives an imaginative transformation of space and conceptual design

+      Combines art and function to create a friendlier environment that promotes use of the space

+      Creates a signature presence for the viaducts that encourages daytime and nighttime interaction

+      Provides adequate and artfully designed lighting

+      Utilizes sustainable building materials and is feasible to maintain

+      Contributes to TechTown’s identity as a hub of innovation

This call is open to all professional artists, architects, designers, design firms and/or teams consisting of these entities located in the following eight southeast Michigan counties:  Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. National and international partners may be included in any given team as long as the project lead can prove residency or physical presence in one of the previously mentioned eight counties. Winning proposals will be selected by a panel of Detroit-based curators and arts professionals.

TechTown is a 20-block emerging innovation district anchored by three key institutions in Midtown Detroit—Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies and the Henry Ford Health System. The Midtown Viaducts Project will contribute to the growing vibrancy of the district and will become a unique destination for visitors.

TO APPLY:
Log into the SlideRoom application system. Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light Project open call applications are only available online at https://midtowndetroitinc.slideroom.com. The closing date for applications is April 30, 2014. The selected projects will be announced in May 2014.

Click here for PDF of Midtown Viaducts Request For Proposals | Last Updated: February 20, 2014

The battle has been won in the war between artists and the management of the Biennale of Sydney. The Biennale has announced the ending of their long relationship with Transfield following weeks of intense pressure from artists appalled by the company’s association with detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Luca Belgiorno-Nettis has also resigned his position as chair of the Biennale.

The battle has been won in the war between artists and the management of the Biennale of Sydney. The Biennale has announced the ending of their long relationship with Transfield following weeks of intense pressure from artists appalled by the company’s association with detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Luca Belgiorno-Nettis has also resigned his position as chair of the Biennale.

midhyu:

The City as Interface (read first chapter)Digital and mobile media are changing the way urban life takes shape and how we experience our built environment. On the face of it, this is mainly a practical matter: thanks to these technologies we can organize our lives more conveniently. But the rise of ‘urban media’ also presents us with an important philosophical issue: How do they influence the way that the city functions as a community?  
Employing examples of new media uses as well as historical case studies, Martijn de Waal shows how new technologies, on one level, contribute to the further individualization and liberalization of urban society. There is an alternative future scenario, however, in which digital media construct a new definition of the urban public sphere. In the process they also breathe new life into the classical republican ideal of the city as an open, democratic ‘community of strangers’.
 

midhyu:

The City as Interface (read first chapter)
Digital and mobile media are changing the way urban life takes shape and how we experience our built environment. On the face of it, this is mainly a practical matter: thanks to these technologies we can organize our lives more conveniently. But the rise of ‘urban media’ also presents us with an important philosophical issue: How do they influence the way that the city functions as a community?  

Employing examples of new media uses as well as historical case studies, Martijn de Waal shows how new technologies, on one level, contribute to the further individualization and liberalization of urban society. There is an alternative future scenario, however, in which digital media construct a new definition of the urban public sphere. In the process they also breathe new life into the classical republican ideal of the city as an open, democratic ‘community of strangers’.

 

Seoul, subway, between Seoul Metro Euljiro 1-ga station and City Hall subway station

midhyu:

서울 중구 가야금 건강 계단Seoul Gayageum for Health, City Hall (12-stringed zither)http://tinyurl.com/gayageumstairs

midhyu:

서울 중구 가야금 건강 계단
Seoul Gayageum for Health, City Hall (
12-stringed zither)
http://tinyurl.com/gayageumstairs

  • nevver:

Nakagin Capsule Tower

    © Noritaka Minami

  • nevver:

Nakagin Capsule Tower

    Noritaka Minami

coco-sama:

The United States of Attica by Faith Ringgold
This piece is a map of all the violence that has occurred in the US up to the 1971. 

coco-sama:

The United States of Attica by Faith Ringgold

This piece is a map of all the violence that has occurred in the US up to the 1971. 

A Very Brief History of Why It's So Hard to Get From Brooklyn to Queens

"Starting in the 1920s, a company called National City Lines started buying up street car lines, then mostly privately owned. In 1936, the company became a holding company owned equally by General Motors, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California, and Phillips Petroleum. Perhaps you can guess where this is going. NCL bought up trolley systems in over 40 cities and 15 states, converting them almost overnight into bus lines. In 1947, they were indicted in federal court, in what became known as the "Great American Streetcar Scandal."  Two years later, the four original companies who owned NCL, along with MAC Truck, were found guilty of conspiracy to monopolize mass transit. But by then the damage was done. Most of the nation’s streetcar system was in junkyards, replaced by buses.”

iggymogo:

i dunno… it was always easy, at least with a bicycle…

Lecture: Follow the Money

anniekoh:

Wouter Vanstiphout gave a lecture at the TU Delft architecture faculty as part of the masters program in urbanism. ‘Follow the Money’ focused on the complex correlation between economy and architecture or urban planning. 

"Wouter started his lecture with an explanation of the current financial crisis and its effects on architecture. From foreclosures in Las Vegas, through ghost towns in Spain and China, to the risky politics of ground development in the Netherlands, he ended his lecture with a more positive note by describing various projects in which architects take an active role in financing ‘their’ projects.”

Leave No Trace -- Annie Koh

anniekoh:

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Gregory L. Simon & Peter S. Alagona. “Contradictions at the confluence of commerce, consumption and conservation; or, an REI shopper camps in the forest, does anyone notice?” Geoforum 45 (2013) 325–336

Yet because [Leave No Trace] only focuses on what happens inside parks and…