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Fictitious Topographies
Daniel Escobar will ring in 2012 with "Fictitious Topographies," his first solo exhibition in the United States. Inspired by the ubiquitous influence of the urban landscape, the Brazilian artist has decided to remake aspects of real cities into creative...
CULTURE
Disintegration and Sprawl
A new gallery collection at Christina Ray takes a look at the ruins of urban spaces in an age of sustainability and waste reduction. Artists Amze Emmons and Kevin Haas present imaginary landscapes as the potential for progressive living, juxtaposed...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Capsule Video: Santa & Cole
Sponsored content: Producing indoor and outdoor products since the 1980s, iconic Spanish furniture brand Santa & Cole is one of the lesser-known but more innovative design firms in existence. The forward-thinking company continues to expand into...
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Living in the Endless City
Among all the chatter about the future of urban development, "Living in the Endless City" stands out as a refreshing voice with its collection of clear-eyed info designed to help grapple with the some of the big questions facing today's cities...
FOOD-DRINK
City Hydroponic
Behind the many verdant closets and kitchen-corner produce installations increasingly tucked into NYC apartments, you can often find the expertise and passion of urban gardening advocate and entrepreneur Aaron Moore. Splitting his time between his...
DESIGN
Urban Shed International Design Competition
by Passa C Protecting pedestrians from both debris and the rain, NYC construction scaffolding is a major part of the urban landscape yet mostly considered an inconvenient eyesore. With nearly 6,000 sheds spanning more than 1 million linear feet throughout...
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My Story, My Goal
The United Nations Millennium Development Goals—the ambitious list of global objectives put together by world leaders in September of 2000—have just five years until the deadline and are seriously behind schedule. With pie-in-the-sky...
DESIGN
Urban Insect Hotel
Winning London's recent Beyond The Hive competition, the "Insect Hotel" is a five-star refuge for bugs living in urban environments. Architecture firm Arup Associates designed individual compartments in a mathematically-derived pattern known as a...
STYLE
The Paint Pack
Featured on CH in the past for their provocative and often politically-inspired clothing line, Akomplice's latest mission is to paint the town white. Colorado-based brothers Mike and Patrick McCarney recently teamed up with Conveyor Fred Segal to...
TRAVEL
Drainspotting
"Drainspotting" puts Remo Camerota's popular blog of Japanese manholes into a square-shaped book of amazing construction and bizarre imagery. As the title suggests, Drainspotting requires an eye for the odd bursts of color along city streets...
DESIGN
CityLife
by Jose R. Mejia What happens when you task four leading architects with redeveloping a historic Milanese neighborhood? Multiply that by €523 million and you get an equally historic seven-year endeavor, breaking records and creating an entirely...
CULTURE
Transit Authority Figures Posters
by Noah Armstrong Massachusetts-based Rob & Damia Design's Transit Authority Figures imagine fictional subway maps for real places, pointing out the lack of public transportation options. A side project for the firm, each map outlines specific...
DESIGN
RojoOut Urban Stage São Paulo
After São Paulo city officials ordered graffiti cleanup crews to leave work by Os Gemeos and other famous São Paulo street artists alone, art collective and magazine Rojo asked the city's Urban Development Department to allow them...
DESIGN
Re-Imagining Chinatown: An Interactive Planning Process
Urban visionary James Rojas captures the energy of L.A.'s transient Chinatown environment in his exhibit Re-imagining Chinatown: An Interactive Planning Process. Nationally acclaimed for his insight into U.S. Latino urban built culture and co...
CULTURE
The Architecture of Parking
If architecture is, as Mies van der Rohe held, "the will of an epoch translated into space," then it's no surprise that a rabid proclivity toward parking structures marks the last century. Born out of an increasing reliance on cars...
CULTURE
Macro | Sea Dumpster Pools
Transforming a dumpster into a pool in a mere twelve days, the creative developers behind Macro | Sea are quickly changing sections of Brooklyn's urban landscape from an industrial wasteland to a pool party. The pool project is a subsidiary of...
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Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture
Easily regarded as one of the most adroit architects of 20th century, Le Corbusier was a relentless designer, urban planner and writer dedicated to industrializing almost every city he came across. This spring The Barbican — London's colossal...
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Revolving Architecture Book
If you thought that rotating restaurants and houses were simply relics of our space age past, consider the handful of dynamic architectural projects being developed in the coming decade. The most notable being the Dynamic Tower in Dubai, an 80-story...
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The Endless City
Phaidon's latest tome eschews art-and-design for facts-and-figures. The Endless City features essays by prominent architects, urban planners and other metropolitan experts who examine the modern urban condition and back up their conjectures with...
CULTURE
Deptford X
This year's conceptual premise of Deptford X, a loose collection of exhibitions and events in and around Deptford in South London, explores how we engage with the temporality of cities, in both real and imagined ways. Running through November...
DESIGN
S-Wert Designs
Berlin-based S-Wert Design is a "critical homage" to the city, calling attention to gems of Berlin architecture and the way it's evolved - or hasn't evolved - in recent decades. Their wrapping paper series is an assortment of four...
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This Week in Tropolism
It was all about elevated public parks. Visiting the High Line (getting oh so close to stepping on it), while seeing some great art. Visiting the press junket for 55 Water Street, a park we designed in 2002. And, visiting the lovely new park at...
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Tropolism
The world of Cool Hunting expands again: please welcome Tropolism to our little family. Tropolism explores the city through the eyes of architects. It calls attention to the art of architects, finds urban beauty wherever it may be, and otherwise...
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