Posts tagged design and cities

THIS IS GREAT! A totally fascinating solution for a challenging urban space.
alishahenson:

I seriously love this so much. I worked in advertising for a bit and I think this is the best use of a billboard I’ve come across in awhile! Check out more of the project here: Urban Air.

THIS IS GREAT! A totally fascinating solution for a challenging urban space.

alishahenson:

I seriously love this so much. I worked in advertising for a bit and I think this is the best use of a billboard I’ve come across in awhile! Check out more of the project here: Urban Air.

The Museum of Possibilities is a field of balloons that invites visitors to share their dreams and visions in a playful yet actionable poll of public opinion, inspiring people to imagine the possibilities.
Members of the public pick up a piece of paper and write down what they would like to see, do, or who they would like to meet in this space. Extra prompts – ‘at sunset’, ‘by bicycle’ or ‘with the girl of my dreams’ – help visitors imagine scenarios of when, how, and with whom events might happen.
Visitors also receive a set of stickers so they can wander through the possibilities and add votes of approval, collectively choosing the best visions for their shared space.
(via Musée des possibles, TOUS LES JOURS/Living With Our Time)

The Museum of Possibilities is a field of balloons that invites visitors to share their dreams and visions in a playful yet actionable poll of public opinion, inspiring people to imagine the possibilities.

Members of the public pick up a piece of paper and write down what they would like to see, do, or who they would like to meet in this space. Extra prompts – ‘at sunset’, ‘by bicycle’ or ‘with the girl of my dreams’ – help visitors imagine scenarios of when, how, and with whom events might happen.

Visitors also receive a set of stickers so they can wander through the possibilities and add votes of approval, collectively choosing the best visions for their shared space.

(via Musée des possibles, TOUS LES JOURS/Living With Our Time)

Radio of Songs In People’s Head is a unique capsule installation that collects ‘ear-worms’, songs that become stuck in one’s head, playing itself over and over again, and digitally broadcasts them via a web-based radio station.
(via Radio of Songs, TOUS LES JOURS/Living With Our Time)

Radio of Songs In People’s Head is a unique capsule installation that collects ‘ear-worms’, songs that become stuck in one’s head, playing itself over and over again, and digitally broadcasts them via a web-based radio station.

(via Radio of Songs, TOUS LES JOURS/Living With Our Time)

Memorama is a series of observation platforms that gives access to hidden landscapes and invites visitors to take part in a live collection of postcards.
(via Memorama, TOUS LES JOURS)

Memorama is a series of observation platforms that gives access to hidden landscapes and invites visitors to take part in a live collection of postcards.

(via Memorama, TOUS LES JOURS)

Axioms for Reading The Landscape

As we LOOK at the urban environment around us, here is a set of axioms (or “truths”) to guide our looking.

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1. THE AXIOM OF LANDSCAPE AS CLUE TO CULTURE The man-made landscape – the ordinary run-of-the-mill things that humans have created and put upon the earth – provides strong evidence of the kind of people we are, and were, and are in process of becoming. In other words, the culture of any nation is unintentionally reflected in its ordinary vernacular landscape. 

2. THE AXIOM OF CULTURAL  UNITY AND LANDSCAPE EQUALlTY  Nearly all items in human landscapes reflect culture in some way. There are almost no exceptions. Furthermore, most items in the human landscape are no more and no less important than other items -  in terms of their role as clues to culture.

3. THE AXIOM OF COMMON THINGS Common landscapes – however important they may be – are by their nature hard to study by conventional academic means. The reason is negligence, combined with snobbery.

4. THE HISTORIC AXIOM In trying to unravel the meaning of contemporary landscapes and what they have to “say” about us as Americans, history matters. That is, we do what we do, and make what we make because our doings and our makings are inherited from the past. 

5. THE GEOGRAPHIC (OR ECOLOGIC) AXIOM Elements of a cultural landscape make little cultural sense if they are studied outside their geographic (i.e., locational) context.

6. THE AXIOM OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL Most cultural landscapes are intimately related to physical environment. Thus, the reading of cultural landscape also presupposes some basic knowledge of physical landscape.

7. THE AXIOM OF LANDSCAPE OBSCURITY Most objects in the landscape – although they convey all kinds of “messages” – do not convey those messages in any obvious way. The landscape does not speak to us very clearly. At a very minimum, one must know what kinds of questions to ask.

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A New Google App Gives You Local Information -- Before You Ask for It - NYTimes.com

This is much like the Dill Pickle Club’s proposed Know Your City app.

Google has created a new mobile app that gives people facts about the places around them — unprompted, without the need to even ask for the information. The app, Field Trip, offers historical trivia about a park, an architectural factoid about a building or reviews of a nearby restaurant. Google says it’s like having a local friend with you as you make your way through a city.

Another example of a mobile apps that helps us interpret and understand cities
lettersfromhere:


The city of New Orleans today launched a new online blight-map called blightStatus. The site allows you to search by address, street name or browse a citywide blight map by month and filter your results by date and most recent enforcement actions, allowing you to track, say, demolitions month by month. The site was developed in partnership with Code for America.

via City launches interactive blight map | Blog of New Orleans)

Another example of a mobile apps that helps us interpret and understand cities

lettersfromhere:

The city of New Orleans today launched a new online blight-map called blightStatus. The site allows you to search by address, street name or browse a citywide blight map by month and filter your results by date and most recent enforcement actions, allowing you to track, say, demolitions month by month. The site was developed in partnership with Code for America.

via City launches interactive blight map | Blog of New Orleans)

Graphic design, unpacking place.
lettersfromhere:


WBEZ [compiled] an interactive map of gang territory throughout the city. Using a reference called the Gang Book, published by the Chicago Crime Commission, as well as public homicide data, the public radio station created an overlay of communities and gangs that’s searchable by address.
Is It Harmful to Release Gang Maps? - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities)

Graphic design, unpacking place.

lettersfromhere:

WBEZ [compiled] an interactive map of gang territory throughout the city. Using a reference called the Gang Book, published by the Chicago Crime Commission, as well as public homicide data, the public radio station created an overlay of communities and gangs that’s searchable by address.

Is It Harmful to Release Gang Maps? - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities)

It's Not About the Bikes

Read this article. And then read the latest Mercury. And then read the latest Willamette Week. And then read the Oregonian. 

Start to immerse yourself in issues unfolding around you.

Making Over the Mall With Parks and Sermons - NYTimes.com

Check out this article in the New York Times about creative re-uses for abandoned shopping malls

Schools, medical clinics, call centers, government offices and even churches are now standard tenants in malls. By hanging a curtain to hide the food court, the Galleria in Cleveland, which opened in 1987 with about 70 retailers and restaurants, rents space for weddings and other events.

Other malls have added aquariums, casinos and car showrooms. Designers in Buffalo have proposed stripping down a mall to its foundation and reinventing it as housing, while an aspiring architect in Detroit has proposed turning a mall’s parking lot there into a community farm. Columbus, Ohio, arguing that it was too expensive to maintain an empty mall on prime real estate, dismantled its City Center mall and replaced it with a park.

Can a Font Help a City Make a Comeback?

This is totally topical! Design! Cities! Design and cities! Designers in Chattanooga, Tennessee have tasked themselves with building a custom font for the city, aiming to “distill the city’s artistic and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Will this work?!

From roadside memorials to makeshift barriers, people consistently alter shared common spaces to suit their needs, or let both man-made and natural aberrations run wild. The result is a new kind of public space – with creative and inspiring moments that push past the original planned design of cities. (via Public Phenomena Ten Years of Visual Research Into Creative Public Space Use)

From roadside memorials to makeshift barriers, people consistently alter shared common spaces to suit their needs, or let both man-made and natural aberrations run wild. The result is a new kind of public space – with creative and inspiring moments that push past the original planned design of cities. (via Public Phenomena Ten Years of Visual Research Into Creative Public Space Use)

Mobile Phenomena is a publication and ongoing inquiry into the moveable projects, objects and contraptions that facilitate our interactions with each other, public space, and each other in public space.
"In this book you will find bookmobiles, mobile forms of commerce, inventive mobile art projects, mobile structures created for use during protest, and some strange applications of mobility that defy easy description,categorization, or whose function could not be readily discerned. Mobile Phenomena can unhinge the expected roles we take in shared city spaces. Mobile structures can become a new norm when they work”

Mobile Phenomena is a publication and ongoing inquiry into the moveable projects, objects and contraptions that facilitate our interactions with each other, public space, and each other in public space.

"In this book you will find bookmobiles, mobile forms of commerce, inventive mobile art projects, mobile structures created for use during protest, and some strange applications of mobility that defy easy description,categorization, or whose function could not be readily discerned. Mobile Phenomena can unhinge the expected roles we take in shared city spaces. Mobile structures can become a new norm when they work”

I totally love this guerilla wayfinding signage project. It’s another look at how graphic design can activate the urban landscape and change our perceptions of our environment.
This particular project encouraged people to walk by demystifying actual distances.
Walk Raleigh: Guerrilla Wayfinding

I totally love this guerilla wayfinding signage project. It’s another look at how graphic design can activate the urban landscape and change our perceptions of our environment.

This particular project encouraged people to walk by demystifying actual distances.

Walk Raleigh: Guerrilla Wayfinding

This project is an interesting use of graphic design and information graphics to visualize urban patterns that could maybe tell us more about our environments. Trees, Cabs and Crime in San Francisco is a map of those things exactly, and their overlay shows fascinating patterns that illuminate urban realities.
How else can graphic design be employed to illuminate the environment around us? How can visual communication enhance our understanding of where we live, and work to solve problems in our own cities?

This project is an interesting use of graphic design and information graphics to visualize urban patterns that could maybe tell us more about our environments. Trees, Cabs and Crime in San Francisco is a map of those things exactly, and their overlay shows fascinating patterns that illuminate urban realities.

How else can graphic design be employed to illuminate the environment around us? How can visual communication enhance our understanding of where we live, and work to solve problems in our own cities?