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Geologic City: A Field Guide To The GeoArchitecture Of New York

Geologic City: A Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York

Anyone could point out several factors that make up a city. In a quick glance, it’s easy to see the layers of pollution, vehicles rushing by, statues that hark to another era of local history, buildings being built up and other ones being torn down. But where did the city come from? All those buildings are made out of something. And what about time? How has the literal influence of time changed the landscape, health and aesthetic of the city? In Smudge Studio’s Geologic City: A Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York, the guide visits twenty sites in New York City that identify geologic material and consider their relationship with the space they inhabit and once inhabited. The examples takes readers all over New York City and the world — sometimes even the galaxy — and the guide provides an interpretation the human connection to this geologic material or process. Smudge Studio follows the Dutch scientist Paul Crutzen’s idea that the modern human impact on the planet is so massive that is is “geologic in scale” and worth of its own era, the Anthropoecene.

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  • Making City: Catalogue Of The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

    IABR Catalogue

    Over the past couple of months, we’ve written a fair amount on the 5th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (you can see our overview of the IABR here). There’s been a lot going on in the contemporary world’s architectural heart as part of the 5th version of the IABR, including a rooftop farm, a pop-up urban village for surfers, and an exhibition about art interventions in Douala. In addition to all the happenings across town, the curators of the IABR have put together a nice catalogue of the exhibits that we’re excited to be giving away three copies of the catalogue to our lucky readers!

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    A Smart Guide To Utopia: 111 Inspiring Ideas For A Better City

    A Smart Guide to Utopia

    Last year, Le Cool invited us to be one of the contributors to a new book about ideas and projects that improve the city. We were very glad to find the final result in our post box some weeks ago. ‘A Smart Guide to Utopia’ is a book about cool urban initiatives, but not just another book about cool urban initiatives. It starts out with a fabulous admission from Ben Hammersley: that the city is the natural habitat of humanity. We need our cities just as much as they need us. They are the engines of humanity, and this book shows 111 different ways that this is happening right now.

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  • Inspiration And Process In Architecture By Moleskine

    'Inspiration and Process in Architecture' by Moleskine

    Moleskine, purveyor of quality stationery, has added books to their repertoire. As of late, the brand has been branching out to better reflect our contemporary nomadism. These include city guides, reading accessories and, the latest addition, books. Moleskine’s new collection, called Inspiration and Process in Architecture, is dedicated to four key figures/offices in contemporary architecture: Zaha Hadid, Giancarlo De Carlo, Bolles+Wilson and Alberto Kalach.

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    The Speed Book By Aram Bartholl

    The Speed Book by Aram Bartholl

    Some time ago I wrote about the question “How to democratize art?”. Aram Bartholl’s work is maybe one of the best examples of how to engage a large group of people with contemporary art. Bartholl meticulously tore down those boundaries built around the image of the ‘artwork’ as something far from our everyday lives, converting people into active participants of his projects. Gestalten dedicated one of its latest publications to him. The Speed Book is the first comprehensive monograph of Bartholl’s projects, with essays on his work, an interview and AB News #1 and #2, two supplements conceived in the shape of a magazine.

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