1. Maplewoode NJ: If Brooklyn were a suburb →

    Shades of Florida and Gordon. Is this the re-discovery of the original new urban model?

  2. Keynes Vs. Hayek →

    Here is another NPR link- and an awesome blog. The folks at Planet Money really seem to enjoy telling stories about economics, and they make it fun. This podcast made me not begrudge the time I have spent on economics over the years.

  3. Essay 2 Discussion and Office Hours

    Discussion Session: Wed, Oct 15, 5:30p-7p
    Office Hours: Tues, Oct 21, 12p-1p

    And my normal office hours: Wed, Oct 22 5:30p-6:30p

  4. Emergence →

    The Radiolab podcast came up in class while we were talking about ants. I think this is the program that was referenced. But, even if it is not, Radiolab is wonderful and worth a listen.

  5. Let’s start with a parable about a cow

    8.5 gallons = 32 liters

    Purdue University Food Animal Education Network: http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/faen/dairy%20facts.html

    8 gallons = 30 liters

    Dairy Moos, a blog by a 3rd generation dairy farmer in CA: http://www.dairymoos.com/how-much-milk-do-cows-give/

  6. Lafayette Park, Detroit

    At one point early in the semester Scott brought up Lafayette Park in Detroit and wanted to double check the date, he thought mid-1950’s. I corrected him to a later date in the 1960’s, but Scott was closer to the truth.

    The area is located on an urban renewal site that cleared one of the largest and active African-American neighborhoods in Detroit, Black Bottom. It did take the city a long time to bring the area into development. It was first cleared in 1946, but construction did not begin until 1956. Construction continued on the site until 1965.

    The buildings were designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and constitute the largest collection of his buildings on one site. It is a prime example of towers and townhouses in a park, but very different from the public housing examples that so spectacularly failed.

    If you have not seen the site it is worth a visit.


    Reflection: I enjoy Lafayette Park. However, when I visit now I hear Prof. Fishman’s words, “I don’t care how remarkable the architecture is, was it worth what happened to the neighborhood that was there?” (I’m paraphrasing from a class discussion).

  7. Refugees Reshape Their Camp, at the Risk of Feeling at Home →

    An interesting article on the meaning of public space in a place that is temporary by design. Also a commentary on gender in public space, and how clear public space helps define private space.

    You may have to sign into the NYTimes to view this.

  8. Empire State Plaza

    During class Scott showed a few images of Empire State Plaza. That’s right folks, New York’s nickname is “The Empire State”. As Scott showed the picture he commented that it had echos of Brasilia and wondered if the architect had any relation to Oscar Neimeyer (the main architect of Brasilia). The short answer is yes. The architect was Wallace Harrison of Harrison & Abramovitz.

    Empire State Plaza (1959-1976)- Harrison & Abramovitz

    UN Headquarters in NYC (1948-1952)- design architect- Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier; local architects Harrison & Abramovitz

    Brasilia (1956-1960)- Oscar Niemeyer

    Here are some carefully selected images highlighting similarity (in design and bright blue sky).




  9. Open questions from lecture

    During class Scott has been asking open questions about architecture, and I don’t always have the answer off the top of my head. I am going to start keeping track and getting some of the answers posted here. The posts will be “#followingup”, so if there was some piece of trivia you are burning to know from class we can start collecting tidbits.

    Also, if any of you have an answer to one of these questions, feel free to submit a question/answer. Or if you are singled out as being from a place about which we are talking, and want to give us all a bit more info, we can post it.

  10. Car-Free City: China Builds Dense Metropolis from Scratch →

    Is this just Howard’s vision? Especially check out the last rendering on the page. Questions to ask: who will be living here? Is this a green field site? If not, who has been displaced to create it?