OSU//The Interviews//Andrés Jaque

THE INTERVIEWS JAQUE

To continue with the series OSU//Interviews, I would like to introduce Andrés Jaque, architect founder of the Office for Political Innovation, Advanced Design Professor at Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP Columbia University and Visiting Professor at Princeton School of Architecture. He has recently being awarded with the silver lion to the best research project at the 14th Venice Biennale with the work entitled: “SALES ODDITY. Milano2 and the Politics of Direct-To-Home TV Urbanism”.

His work explores the potential of post-foundational politics and symmetrical approaches to the sociology of technology to rethink architectural practices, a topic very related with the scope of interest of this blog. As an architect currently active in the professional and the academic world, his point of view will be a great addition to the blog’s open discussions:

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Sites of contestation

sites of contestation

The following article is a collaboration I recently wrote with Diana Cristóbal, MsAAD Columbia Graduate and Adjunt Assistant Professor at the same school, taking as a base the idea explained in the article “The Shared Space” and developing further to analyze the relationship between social and architectural implications of the citizen’s protests around the globe:

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Second Anniversary!

Second Anniversary

Second Anniversary!

I was quite shocked when I realized how fast this second year has passed, it may sound cliché but it feels like yesterday when I was writing the first anniversary post.

In terms of articles published, it has been a bit less productive than the first one; I like to think that is because I got established after the first push. But I have also had my first experiences publishing in magazines, the Venezuelan “entre rayas” and the Autralian “Post magazine”, both of them great experiences and with more to come.

I also had the great chance of opening an interviews section starting with Saskia Sassen, an absolute pleasure. Section that I really enjoy both writing and reading and will (very soon) keep growing.

So, one year more, just thank everyone who has spent some time reading the posts, stay tuned for what is coming!

Urbanism and Education

Urbanism and Education

 

The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs, is the last Architecture-related book that has ended in my hands. A long overdue read that currently has earned a fixed spot in the bag that shares with me any displacement I do in New York.

The book is widely known since it was first published and one of the most influential texts about the way cities work. Going through its pages, you may find yourself producing a huge amount of thoughts after almost every paragraph.

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Facing the New Year

Back in the road

It has been a while since the last time I posted an entry, and for that reason I feel the need of writing some words before getting back in track with more articles, interviews and collaborations.

The main reason that has caused the break is my recent incorporation to a high-demanding architectural office in the city. I am taking part into very exciting and extremely interesting projects but I also find myself questioning the principles of the current practice model (something I will explain in a future post) as something in highly need for a change.

In the meantime there has been also very good news, since I will get an article published in the next issue of “POST Magazine”. It has been a pleasure working with them; I am looking forward to receiving the printed copy.

Anyhow, I feel ready, as I said, to get back on track, since I have still a lot of topics to talk about.

Stay tuned! And thanks for the support!

OSU//The Interviews//Saskia Sassen

THE INTERVIEWS SASKIA SASSEN

For the first of the series OSU//Interviews, I invited Saskia Sassen, Columbia University. Throughout her books and articles, she treats topics related with globalization and the future of cities, use of new technologies and networked territories.

Her work is related in many ways with Architecture and Urbanism, and this interview will try to point out those relationships. Her definition of an Open Source Urbanism is what triggered the beginning of this blog, and is an honour to have her as the inaugurator of the Interviews section of the blog:

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OSU//The Interviews

THE INTERVIEWS

In its aim of analyzing current problems that the field of Architecture is going through and exploring its possible solutions, Open Source Urbanism Blog opens a new section: OSU//The Interviews.

Through experiences from different people related in one way or another to the field, we will try to create together a picture of impressions on the future of the city from the current generation of professionals.

With the collaboration of Renowned and Young Architects, Academics, Critics, Sociologists, Artists, Planners… The Interviews will address some of the topics treated in the blog so far applied to their expertise: Bottom Up Planning, Collective Architecture, Open Source Strategies, Architecture Critics in Social Media…

An exciting new section that hopefully you will enjoy reading as much as I do writing it.

Stay tuned!

West 104th Street Garden

Gardening

I recently have moved to a new apartment in the city of New York, right next to Central Park, in 104th St. I didn’t even realize when I was within the insanity involved in apartment hunting in Manhattan (something worth an entire investigation, not only for the prizes, but for the typologies), but right across the street there is a Community Garden.

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HomeGrown Cities Project // URBZ

Homegrown Cities

A couple of days ago, I received an e-mail from the URBZ team, explaining the project “Homegrown cities” that they are developing in the city of Mumbai. Their thinking on the future of the cities is very much related with ideas treated in this blog, starting from the user to create a “user-generated city”.

I find their work really interesting and inspiring, so I asked them for an article to publish in the blog, changing the format of a usual entry at OSU and, hopefully, opening the blog to more extensive collaborations with outside the box urban thinkers:

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First Anniversary!

First Anniversary

It has been already a year since Open Source Urbanism was born. A very rewarding year in a personal level, lots of interesting topics through 30 articles and lots of interesting people that I have met in the way. I hope it has been interesting also for the multiple different readers that spent a bit of their time reading them. Thanks to all of you!

And now is time to start thinking about year two, to explore some new ideas I have in mind for the site, and make it grow in different directions. Stay tuned, more is coming!

Thanks!

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