Anatomy of a Chinese City via Archdaily
In cities around the globe, change happens almost instantly. Buildings rise, buildings disappear, and skylines morph before one’s eyes. There is no better example of this, of course, than China. From Ordos to Shanghai, Chinese cities are in a constant state of flux, as the Chinese people willfully abandon signs of the past and embrace the new.
Of course, it’s one thing to know this fact; it’s quite another to witness it firsthand, to experience this urgent impetus to demolish and demolish in order to build, build, build, and build. In the face of such large-scale, exponential urban development, it’s easy to feel powerless to suggest another path.
However, in publishing Anatomy of a Chinese City, that is exactly what two young architects have done. By taking the time to observe the “urban artifacts” that make a Chinese city unique, compiling over 100 drawings of everything from buildings to bicycles, Thomas Batzenschlager and Clémence Pybaro have preserved a piece of Chinese history that is quickly going extinct.
In a world where, in the race for progress, quotidian realities are erased unthinkingly, Anatomy of a Chinese City is not just a resource, but a call-to-action, reminding us to slow down and observe the very human context that surrounds us.
Wall Street Journal and City announce that out of 200 cities all around the world, Medellín, Colombia beats New York City and Tel Aviv and becomes the City of the Year.
Summer Vltava River, Prague
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What if you picked up just one rubbish each time you walk the city?
Not your cup of tea?
Well, here is one politician who does that and is not afraid to tell it. Meet Jón Gnarr, the Mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland!
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The Boulevard Proposal has been approved for Masonic Ave. in San Francisco!
SF’s first (and maybe west coast’s? are there any in NYC/east coast?) grade-separated cycle track!!! like those in Europe, where the cycle tracks are higher than the road, but a little lower than the sidewalk.
The plan also includes a new tree-planted median, better crosswalks, and bus bulbs to make it easier to board MUNI.
read more about the Masonic Ave. design study at sfbike.