Don’t Rebuild. Redesign

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Perhaps New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman said it best, in the concise lexicon of 140 characters, when he tweeted on election day, “Hope post-election, we can finally take big steps as a city, region nation to deal w costs, plans re: climate change. Beyond giant (more)

9 November 2012 / 0 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture, Design

Abstract Containers: A Ready-Made Architecture Exhibition

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It feels like every architect in New York may be in Venice, Italy right now for the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Curated by British architect David Chipperfield, the theme of this year’s Biennale is “Common Ground,” which many pavilions have taken as an invitation to (more)

3 September 2012 / 0 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture, Art

Urban Design Serves as Tool of Repression in Bahrain

2 Km from the former Pearl roundabout (now Al Farooq Junction) to Bab Al Bahrain Ave, Manama, site of the Bab Al Bahrain Open Ideas Competition

Arguably, part of being a contemporary architect is being aware of projects and competitions happening all over the world.  Living in a city like New York, especially in Brooklyn, there are many more architects than there are local projects.  That is probably an oversimplification. The (more)

15 June 2012 / 2 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture

Brooklyn files – mugged

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Cinematic fantasy – or pragmatic paternalism…. What else have we come up with?

28 June 2011 / 0 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture

Public transport, urbanism and revolt – Révolution pour la dignité

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If there is an urbanistic lesson to be learned in the democratic revolutions of 2011 – especially the peaceful ones – I would volunteer that we take a closer look at transportation as public space.

3 June 2011 / 0 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture

Generator chair as domestic consumer object

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When I visited the SpaceBuster during the New City Festival I was a bit disappointed to see that it had apparently not evolved from one iteration to another, but excited that the installation involved these deceptively simple chairs.

19 May 2011 / 0 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture, Design

Icons, Festivals & Manifestos

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The workshop at the Festival of Ideas was an opportunity to try out a methodology of making 45 minute manifestos about the built environment – this one being specifically about the Lower East Side.

9 May 2011 / 0 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture, Art, Design

Reading

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At PS1 this weekend I stumbled across this phenomenal book: Promises of the Past: A Discontinuous History of Art in Former Eastern Europe

26 April 2011 / 0 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture, Art, Design

Preservation: matter vs action

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Anyway, I always thought it was one of the great evidences of success of the Cooper project that the slab of concrete that covers the gallery below and echoes the stair near the guard’s desk on the interior becomes, on the exterior, a de facto skate spot

15 April 2011 / 0 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture

Detroit – Quantified

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Another photo from recent visit to Detroit.

This is, of course, the Heidelberg Project, a well known public art project that started in Detroit 25 years ago.

6 April 2011 / 0 comments
From More or Less by Mitch McEwen in Architecture

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