Video Archive | Urban space (35)

Eric Avila The Center Cannot Hold-clip_4194
Eric Avila discusses the spatial context of film noir and its relationship to Los Angeles. Next, Avila reviews the construction...
Michael Sorkin-clip_4128
Eric Owen Moss introduces Michael Sorkin, stressing the concepts of asymmetry and freedom and the political organization of...
Michael Sorkin-clip_4129
Michael Sorkin presents several urban design projects that demonstrate what he calls "a fuzzy urban logic." In his drawings,...
Michael Sorkin-clip_4130
Sorkin argues that his work is based on human locomotion defining urban scale. This is how heights and edges are defined. Sorkin...
Mediascapes Symposium-clip_2924
Benjamin Bratton presents a lecture on "The Turing City." He poses the idea of an urban operating system, while documenting the...
Yansong Ma MAD Dinner-clip_3366
He concludes with a discussion on the future of his office, and speculates on different directions China might take in the next...
William Mitchell-clip_1411
Mitchell introduces the RoboScooter and visualizes a model of the scooter in use in Taipei. In this scenario rentable batteries...
Ed Soja Putting Cities First
Soja discusses the centrality of urbanism and its relevance in other disciplines, pointing out that we should all be urbanists...

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March 31, 2010 | Video Lecturer:

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Eric Avila discusses the spatial context of film noir and its relationship to Los Angeles. Next, Avila reviews the construction of Dodger Stadium and it’s destruction of the surrounding urban context of Chavez Ravine. Avila critiques Mike Davis and Reyner Banham, especially their predictions of how Los Angeles will develop in the future. Avila expresses regret for the erasure of Los Angeles’ noir past, citing the recent re-development of downtown.

 


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February 17, 2010 | Video Lecturer:

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Eric Owen Moss introduces Michael Sorkin, stressing the concepts of asymmetry and freedom and the political organization of urbanism. Sorkin begins with a comparison of Woodstock and Auschwitz, in terms of organizing people, and the role of utopian ideals both situations. He articulates his fear of any utopianism that ends in homogeneity, New Urbanism, McMansions, and Humvees.


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February 17, 2010 | Video Lecturer:

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Michael Sorkin presents several urban design projects that demonstrate what he calls “a fuzzy urban logic.” In his drawings, every visual or color difference represents a difference in the drawing process as well as the urban makeup. The ratios of built space to green space to water space are all crucial. For Sorkin, sustainable urbanism is deliminated, body based, self sufficient, local, complex, equitable, singular, and green. For Sorkin, successful urbanism involves the ability to get lost, stating that “a little confusion is good.”


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February 17, 2010 | Video Lecturer:

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Sorkin argues that his work is based on human locomotion defining urban scale. This is how heights and edges are defined. Sorkin stresses that a city should not go on forever. He presents a project in Laos that integrated agriculture with city housing adjacent to industry to allow a mixture of uses. He describes the process of signifying green intentions with forms and orienting points created
through the integration of windmills and other elements. Sorkin endeavors to harmonize with a balance of all of the resources and necessities of life on a single site. He additionally includes his “Eight Neutralities” of every design: energy, economy, waste, food, water, air, temperature, and movement.


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Benjamin Bratton presents a lecture on “The Turing City.” He poses the idea of an urban operating system, while documenting the history of software development and non-specialized computing devices. Bratton cites the influences of Alain Badiou and Marshall McLuhan, who redefines the city into a landscape of smart networks and prostheses. Finally, Bratton speculates on how we might interface with this new city model.


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March 26, 2008 | Video Lecturer:

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He concludes with a discussion on the future of his office, and speculates on different directions China might take in the next few years. He presents a project for a high density city in the sky as a commentary on utopian ideals among the Chinese. Ma explains a theoretical project that revisits the history of Tiananmen Square and introduces Russian Soviet buildings into the original context.


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November 7, 2007 | Video Lecturer:

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Mitchell introduces the RoboScooter and visualizes a model of the scooter in use in Taipei. In this scenario rentable batteries are dispensed from vending machines that also act as battery chargers. Drop off locations for the scooter are located at convenience stores, creating a high density of rental locations. The concepts of modular construction and networked interfaces, first introduced with the CityCar, are further detailed here.


Ed Soja Putting Cities First

February 28, 2007 | Video Lecturer:
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Soja discusses the centrality of urbanism and its relevance in other disciplines, pointing out that we should all be urbanists now. Soja claims he wants to publish ten books before he dies, and explains in detail the contents of each one of the books.

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Eric Owen Moss introduces Soja’s lecture. Soja explains the title of the lecture as a reference to the fact that the majority...
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