[a new urban entrepreneur]

Apparently the streets of New York have more to offer than meets the eye. This just goes to show how intricate and layered cities are; there’s always something new to discover. Reminds me a bit of the 99% invisible piece Nikko Concrete Commando, where a journalist searches for the person behind numerous mysterious sidewalk inscriptions.
 

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[from a canal to a highway]

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Paved Paradise: the above images show the New Basin Canal just south of the Lakeview Neighborhood in New Orleans, in 1939 and in 1966. The Canal was filled in around 1950 because the larger Industrial Canal to the east made it obsolete. Instead of the filled in space becoming a linear park, bike path, or even La Ramblas-style mixed use commercial corridor, it became an extension of Interstate 10. Go figure.

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[faking the world]

When visualizing as design in the landscape, it’s crucial to make it as realistic as possible. That’s what I’ve been learning in my Advanced Landscape Representation course. Given a picture of an environment, how do we model our design in three dimensions and then place it into that landscape? Below is the Brick Pit Ring by Durbach Block Architects (design modified by me), placed into a landscape somewhere in Louisiana. Tools used were 3DStudio Max and Photoshop.

3D Studio Max rendering of the Brick Pit Ring (in Louisiana)

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[the boatman and the bride]

Just take a listen. A surrealist art installation becomes a separate world.

“…you have a mental picture in your head, maybe of the river Styx, and I’m the boatman.”

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[Jerry’s Map]

Just watch, this is amazing.

This man created his own world, his own city that quite interestingly has a life all its own. This gives new depth to the term “cognitive mapping”.

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[the unknown city, our secret spaces]

I have secret spaces, don’t you?

When most people, me included, think of public space, they think of a city’s parks, plazas, playgrounds, and riverfronts, but there is another layer of public space that surrounds us and defines us as people who inhabit places and derive identity from them. These are our secret spaces.

We have secret spaces shared with a few select friends, private secret places, and, the coolest of all, secret illegal spaces. Illegal spaces are those that are never found or explored by the general public and very seldom explored by anyone. In abandoned houses, under the streets, on top of the radio towers, on top of the suspension bridge; all are places where the public is not allowed. But some people can make these spaces their own. Continue reading

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[sketchbook: landscape heard and imagined]

Our studio professor put us to the challenge of designing an entirely fictional landscape based on a piece of music that we had never heard before. The music that I was randomly assigned was Camille Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony #3. The symphony itself is over 40 minutes long when played, so I decided to focus on the 10-minute finale. If you listen to the music, you’ll see why:

Organ Symphony #3, 4th Movement

Without going into too much detail, my design is radial and based on three major point of intensity throughout the movement, signaled by a rising decibel level dominated by the organ, perhaps the featured instrument of the piece. These points of intensity, one at the beginning, middle, and end, are connected by a meandering, wandering “bridge” comprised in the music of woodwinds and imagined in the landscape as sections of exploration and eventual discovery.

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