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...I think we have made a pretty profound mistake in assuming that the only way that people are willing to engage with big problems and try to bring forth big solutions is as individual consumers. Not only is this something that just simply won't work, we can't shop our way to a better planet, but it also something that profoundly insults the dignity and capacities of everyday people. Democracy is founded on the idea that groups of people coming together have the capacity to choose well and act boldly. We have poorly served our larger community by insisting that sustainability is something that happens at home. It isn't. Sustainability is something that happens in the ordering of your city and nation...
SPIEGEL: ...Shouldn't architects be the prophets of beauty?Thus if an urban area does not have drugs, prostitution and poverty then it is not interesting to Mr Koolhaas. And while designing painful buildings for others, he chooses to live in Victorian comfort and beauty.
Koolhaas: Beauty isn't what I'm primarily interested in. I think appropriateness is more important.
SPIEGEL: What do you think is the world's most beautiful building?
Koolhaas: Very conventionally, the Pantheon in Rome, for example. Isn't it remarkable? Talk about beauty and you get boring answers, but talk about ugliness and things get interesting.
SPIEGEL: Some people say that if architects had to live in their own buildings, cities would be more attractive today.
Koolhaas: Oh, come on now, that's really trivial.
SPIEGEL: Where do you live?
Koolhaas: That's unimportant. It's less a question of architecture than of finances.
SPIEGEL: You're avoiding the question. Where do you live?
Koolhaas: OK, I live in a Victorian apartment building in London.
SPIEGEL: ... What will cities look like in the future? Do we even need such downtown areas?
Koolhaas: The old contrast between downtown and suburban areas is outdated.
SPIEGEL: Wait a minute, isn't the current trend moving away from suburbia and back to the city?
Koolhaas: Yes, for now. And do you know what's so ironic about that? The people from the suburbs are bringing along their suburban values: cleanliness, orderliness, safety -- dullness, in other words. As a result, urban areas are being hollowed out. Just look at Times Square in New York. No more sex shops, no drugs, no homeless people. The area is clinically clean and incredibly dull.
The City Repair Project is group of citizen activists creating public gathering places and helping others to creatively transform the places where they live.
... the idea that localization - of culture, of economy, of decision-making - is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.
... engage in intersection repair, natural building, and other forms of placemaking. We also host Earth Day, the Village Planting Convergence (also known as City Riparian), and operate a mobile tea house called the T-Horse.
Throughout the year we educate the community with workshops on all forms of sustainability and offer the invaluable placemaking guidebook and one-on-one consulting for those who want to repair their own neighborhood. If you are interested in helping our efforts please visit our volunteer page.
The fourth bigg’s Family Day on Fountain Square presented by Duke Energy will kick the day off at 1pm. This week’s theme is Sports. The University of Cincinnati’s Bearcat will be hanging out, giving free temporary tattoos and Frisbees.
There will also be some football activities and cornhole games along with the usual Family Day events that include art projects, story time and Junior Jazzercise. At 2pm children’s performer Joanie Whittaker takes the stage to get children singing and dancing.
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...most of his time was devoted to architecture and painting. His chief influences include the Italian architect Renzo Piano...
“He takes some elements of modern Japanese architecture, and American postmodern, and then puts them in the context of Iranian architecture,”...
Contact: Christa Zielke 651-4171 x16, christen at mediabridges dot org
Media Bridges, “Cincinnati’s Community Media Center,” will host a series of summer Youth Media Camps beginning in June, 2009. Various programs will teach skills such as video production, digital photography and photo editing, television studio production, radio production, web design and comic book design. The camps are intended for ages 8-18.
Each camp is taught by professional, adult instructors with a background in the topic offered. Camps will be held at Media Bridges, 1100 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati. Fees are $75 per student, per camp, and include snacks and access to equipment and learning tools. Limited scholarships are available; applications are available online at www.mediabridges.org, or by calling 513-651-4171. Transportation is not provided, though the media center is located on several bus routes.
Week-long camps begin in mid-June. A complete schedule is available by contacting Media Bridges.
WHO: Media Bridges, “Cincinnati’s Community Media Center”
WHAT: Youth media camps, including video production, radio, digital photography, web and graphic design.
WHERE: Media Bridges, 1100 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
WHEN: various week-long camps held June-August, 2009
COST: $75 per student, per camp. Some scholarships are available; see website or call for application.
AGES: Children 8-18 (see camp descriptions for age appropriateness advisories)
GRAPHICS: photos available on request
Matheran Realty is one of several firms that think they have a solution: ultra-low-cost housing. In Karjat, 90km east of Mumbai, Matheran Realty is in the process of building 15,000 flats with prices starting at just 210,000 rupees ($4,500) for (200 square feet). Tata, the firm that makes the $2,500 “Nano” car, is building 1,300 basic units at Boisar, about 100km north of the city, and may add more. Priced at 390,000-670,000 rupees each, they are already oversubscribed. Other firms are planning similar developments elsewhere in India.
The cost is being kept low chiefly because the flats are being built outside big cities, where land is much cheaper. Owners are expected to commute.
The units are also very small and spartan. The simplest consist of a single room with a sink in the corner and a toilet behind a partition. They are in buildings of no more than three storeys, so there is no need for expensive structural works. Instead of bricks, lightweight moulded concrete blocks are used for the walls. The concrete is often made with foam, fly-ash or other waste materials to make it lighter as well as cheaper. There are no lifts and just one staircase per block. All this means that the homes can be built very quickly and with unskilled labour
There can be no question that the June 12, 2009 Iranian presidential election was stolen. Dissident employees of the Interior Ministry, which is under the control of President Ahmadinejad and is responsible for the mechanics of the polling and counting of votes, have reportedly issued an open letter saying as much. Government polls (one conducted by the Revolutionary Guards, the other by the state broadcasting company) that were leaked to the campaigns allegedly showed ten- to twenty-point leads for Mousavi a week before the election; earlier polls had them neck and neck, with Mousavi leading by one per cent, and Karroubi just behind.