Michael Sorkin was featured in Urban Creative City Break together with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Giorgia Lupi of Pentagram, Susan Yelavich, Jim Venturi of ReThink NYC, SO—IL, Van Alen Institute, James Ramsey of RAAD, Marpillero Pollak Architects, Joe Ahearn of WithFriends.
This World Food Day, October 16, Terreform research director, Andrea Johnson will take part in a round table panel discussion along with Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams; and Nicholas Freudenberg, Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy.
The discussion will focus on “current policy efforts surrounding the fight against food insecurity and efforts in regards to food sustainability on a local and national level.”
The City College of New York President, Vincent Boudreau, will moderate the discussion. The event is organized by The City College of New York Office of the President, The City College of New York Office of Institutional Advancement and Communications, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.
Andrea Johnson, Research Director, coordinates numerous publications and collaborates on design research projects. Andrea has worked with Diana Wiesner Architecture and Landscape, the Bogotá Mountain Foundation, and Urban Think Tank. She is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture program at The City College of New York where she has also taught Digital Representation. In 2015, she was named a National Olmsted Scholar Finalist. Prior to her landscape studies, Andrea provided immigration legal services in NYC and assisted women to start small businesses in Puerto Rico.
📷 Philippe Schmidt. Earlier this year, Andrea presented Terreform’s New York City (Steady State): Home Grown project at Bauhaus University, Weimar, as part of the 2019 International Model Project Forum.
Terreform co-director, Deen Sharp, will be giving a talk at King’s College Cambridge on October 17, 2019.
Organized by King’s Urban Network, Deen’s talk examines the notable recent expansion of joint-stock corporations into the urban fabric of the Middle East and analyzes how the built environment was utilized to absorb surplus capital.
I look to how corporate capitalization draws on future financial revenues through the production of present urban space. In analyzing how the corporation arranges contemporary urban life through the future, I center on capitalization, the central mechanism through which the modern joint-stock corporation organizes its operations.
Capitalizing urbanization is the extension of time, the drawing of future revenues into the present through the concentration of space (urbanization). Far more than a mere financial operation, capitalizing urbanization is a force that is increasingly organizing collective life in the Middle East and beyond.
The event will be held at King’s College Audit Room.
Terreform co-director and new Managing Editor of Public Culture, Vyjayanthi Rao, will be presenting at Urban Democracy Lab's Engaged Urbanists Working Group this Monday, October 14.
Rao is an anthropologist and writer studying architecture, infrastructure and social life in large cities. She has written several essays and have edited two books so far. The first is Speculation Now: Essays and Artworks, which draws together multi-disciplinary reflections on speculation and speculative practices in contemporary life and artistic practices. The second, titled Occupy All Street: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeiro, is a collection of essays exploring the spatial transformation of Rio in the shadow of the 2016 Olympic Games. The book was launched at CUNY Graduate Center with David Harvey and the editors, Rao, Mariana Cavalcanti, and Bruno Carvalho. The event was chaired by Amy Chazkel, Associate Professor of History, CUNY, Queens College and the Graduate Center. It was sponsored by the Public Space Research Group, Graduate Center, City University of New York.
See more from Terreform’s archive. From Storefront New York to HAND annual meeting, “The Center Cannot Hold” and the Nexus Between Urbanization.
On the city’s rezoning plans for Inwood, “Manhattan’s Last Affordable Neighborhood”.
“Little did they expect the fight back, which has been incredibly vocal and active in all of the neighborhood,” said Tom Angotti, a professor emeritus of urban planning at Hunter College who wrote the 2016 book “Zoned Out! Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City.”
“In Inwood, it’s specifically the Dominican population that is going to be the most vulnerable,” Mr. Angotti said.
Last year’s conversation between Tom Angotti and Domingo Estevez, Inwood resident and community organizer. The event was held at Word Up: Community Bookshop.
Architect and UR author, Vanessa Keith, was interviewed as part of Climate Action Lab’s ‘living document’, A People’s Climate Plan for New York City?:
It crystallizes a year-long series of workshops with activists, researchers, and artists intended to reimagine climate politics through the lens of the city as both the frontline impact zone and the source of grassroots alternatives informed by the imperatives of climate justice, eco-socialism, and decolonization.
Inspired in particular by Aurash Khawarzad's Upper Manhattan Project (which in turn has its roots in the 2015 WE ACT for Environmental Justice's Northern Manhattan Climate Action Plan), this pamphlet aims to promote ongoing conversation, organizing, and speculation about popular climate planning at a city-wide scale beyond the important yet limited version of the Green New Deal that has been recently adopted by the city with the Climate Mobilization Act.
Read the full document and give feedback!
Earlier this year, Vanessa Keith, author of 2100: A Dystopian Utopia - The City After Climate Change gave a lunchtime lecture at CUNY Climate Action Lab (CAL). The event, organized by Ashley Dawson and Zeynep Oguz, brought together “activists, researchers, and artists to reimagine climate politics through the lens of the city as both the frontline impact-zone and the potential source of grassroots, artistic, and scientific alternatives informed by the principles of climate justice, for A People’s Plan for Climate Action for NYC”.
Watch videos of the day long event, which included UR authors, Vanessa Keith and Tom Angotti, on the Center for the Humanities - CUNY website.
Kongjian Yu will be presenting Letters to the Leaders of China at the IFLA World Congress 2019 (International Federation of Landscape Architects), Breakout Session 1.6 — Literature Cafe / Wednesday, September 18. Torghjørnet 17:30 - 19:00.
The session will be moderated by Annemarie Lund, Landscape Architect, Editor-in-Chief Emerita LANDSKAB, Denmark
He joins book presenters:
Marc Treib, University of California, Berkeley, United States: Doing Almost Nothing. The Landscapes of Georges Descombes (2018) / Pietro Procinai and the Landscape of Modernism (2017) / Austere Gardens (2016).
Gareth Doherty, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, United States: Paradoxes of Green (2017) / Is Landscape…? (2015)
Martin Prominski / Hille Seggern, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany: Design Research for Urban Landscapes. Theories and Methods (2019).
Bianca Maria Rinaldi / Puay Yok Tan, University of Torino, Italy: Urban Landscapes in High-Density Cities, Parks, Streetscapes, Ecosystems (2019).
Jenny Osuldsen, NMBU/Snøhetta, Norway: Outdoor Voices (Outdoor Matters) (2019).
Anne Katrine Geelmuyden / Marius Fiskevold, Sweco Norge AS, Norway: Arcadia Updated (2018)
Karsten Jørgensen, NMBU, Norway: Teaching Landscape 1 + 2 (2019) / Defining Landscape Democracy (2018)
Kongjian Yu will also be be speaking at IFLA Breakout Session 2.12 Eastern Perspectives —Common Ground in China and Japan:
As rapid urbanisation in Asia alters the landscape, so does our relationship with the landscape change, offering up new opportunities but also dislocation of communities from the land. These effects are exacerbated by climate change and an increased reliance on technology to make our cities liveable.
This session illustrates the importance of landscape architecture in managing change. It explores the importance of people to place and the relationships between communities and natural systems and processes. Faced with the post-industrial transformation of manufacturing it examines how people and communities can transform post-industrial inner city brownfield’s sites to realise new communities and dynamic places.
The session will be moderated by James Hayter, IFLA president. Other speakers include Bin Li, Research Fellow, The Oslo School Of Architecture And Design; Xia Liu, Graduate, Tongji University; Binyi Liu, Professor, Tongji University; Ni Yan, First Author, Beijing Forestry University; Hiroe Yoshida, Principal Architect
3--lab; Yichen Zhu, Tongji University. Programme here.
Terreform co-director, Deen Sharp, in Public Books, “The World the Gulf has Built.”
Despite the fragility of the alliance, the term “GCC” is often utilized to discuss these six countries together, because of their shared historical geography; cultural and religious mores; governance structures (characterized by authoritarian monarchies and highly personalized rule); large migrant worker population; rapid urbanization; and vast revenues generated from oil and gas. It is all too easy to focus on everything that is exceptional about the GCC—the record-breaking towers and shopping malls, the three-hundred-island real estate archipelago trying to replicate the world. But this reasoning does much to cover up the GCC’s ordinariness, its multiple connections to everyday lives around the world.
How exceptional can a region that produces so much of the energy that powers contemporary capitalism be?
From Terreform’s archive: Deen Sharp: Beyond the Square to the Nexus of Urbanization: Violence and Conflict to Making Connections with Julie Mehretu.
Celeste Olalquiaga, Director of Proyecto Helicoide and Downward Spiral co-editor, exhibition at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.
At a moment when cities are increasingly unequal and segregated it asks if they can continue to be perceived as collective spaces and what tools or strategies can be used to transform cities into collective spaces. (E-flux)
Learn more about the “Cities Exhibition”. Proyecto Helicoide > Infrastructure > Caracas, Venezuela.
#ICYMI Olalquiaga in CNN:
Once hailed as the would-be icon of Venezuela's fast paced modernity, El Helicoide's downward spiral sadly represents the collapse of a national dream built on untenable social divisions.
One can only hope that both country and building will rise from their current situation and meet the challenges of a country whose vast oil reserves still hold an unfulfilled potential. For this to happen, justice must be served for the country's political prisoners, but also for its ever-present masses of urban poor. (CNN: “El Helicoide: The futuristic wonder that now sums up Venezuela's spiral into despair,” 2019).
Terreform has received a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for its imprint, Urban Research.
The Chicago-based Graham Foundation has released a list of organizations that will receive its coveted Production and Presentation Grants to pursue architecture-related projects this year.
In line with the Graham Foundation’s mission to “foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture,” awardees will receive assistance with production-related expenses for a variety of undertakings that aim to enrich architectural discourse, including films, publications, exhibitions, and lectures. Final decisions were made on the basis of four criteria: originality, feasibility, capacity, and potential for impact.
Michael Sorkin presented at the soft opening of the Green Living Room in West Woodlawn, Chicago. Located in 6431 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, the Green Living Room is the result of the work and dedication of Naomi Davis, founder of community nonprofit, Blacks In Green, which:
“serves as a bridge and catalyst among communities and their stakeholders in the design and development of green, self-sustaining, mixed-income, walkable-villages in communities owned and populated by African Americans. In these places, every household can walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play, and neighbor dollars circulate to reduce greenhouse gases.”
Sorkin shared his housing design and collaborative journey with Davis at the opening.
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Terreform co-director, Deen Sharp, traces how the field of regional geography/area studies (focusing on Middle East studies) drifted away from the discipline of geography. He asserts that area studies’ milieus can ‘diffract’ geographical categories and create new possibilities for geographical knowledge production.
After decades of geography and area studies drifting apart, I argue there has been an area studies turn in geography. The long divergence between the two, however, has resulted in a certain misunderstanding by geographers of what area studies scholarship is and what this field can contribute to the discipline. Area studies should not be considered as an approach that merely concentrates on the representation of difference but rather as a milieu in which difference is practiced and geographical concepts can be ‘diffracted’. Area studies can offer geography new ways to think about its place in, and entanglement with, the world.
Keywords: area studies, Cold War, Middle East geography, new materialism, post-colonial theory, representation, War on Terror