Michael Sorkin outlines his research into ways of enabling New York City to produce its own food.
Video Archive | Urban agriculture (4)
Mia Lehrer describes her office and her interest in education and sustainability. She describes her L.A. River competition entry which includes urban farming and educations centers.
Participating by video, Amale Andraos and Dan Wood of the Manhattan firm Work AC describe their book, 49 Cities, which examines a wide variety of built and hypothetical urban environments, mapping their ecological, economic, and industrial organization. In a brief history of urban housing, they reveal that Le Corbusier’s Radiant City seemed to consistently rank in the top of their subjective categories. They discuss the resurgence of urban farming and sustainablity as layering the environment and contemporary discourse.
Sorkin begins by describing the thirty minute walk from his apartment in New York to his office studio. This journey leads to a critique of the human and built components that both bind and divide the city, as well as current processes which drive cities increasingly toward the virtual. Walter Hudson, the world’s fattest human, and paradigmatic citizen of the post-electronic city, represents a new revolutionary in this disembodying system. The radical re-situating of the body through this process threatens our subjectivity, and the concurrent mediation degrades democracy by inhibiting free association.