Archive for April, 2010

Exploring the boundaries of the Olympic site


Culture x Urban environment

how the cultural activity of an area means it has changed little because of structure over history – so spitlalfields shoreditch for entertainment, commercial strett for sex work etc

Cultural attitudes when it comes to planning and architecutre, who runs planning offices, what are their outlooks etc?

Twitter x Reality

Really interested in reading about Twitter Romeo and Juliet in the Guardian last week, see Urban Tick here.

Seems to resonate with some graffiti on Brick Lane I saw recently…

Christoph Niemann

Via Urban Tick and someone else I forgot already –

Massive Attack City

Blogged about at Urban Tick.

Simon Jenkins on Shared Space

Traffic lights force drivers to watch and obey robots rather than other road users – an obedience not enforced to the same degree on pedestrians, skateboarders or cyclists. One result is that zebra crossings are dangerous because drivers are no longer used to eye contact with other road users. Technology makes them drive like zombies.

Traffic lights, like one-way systems, are also hopelessly inefficient allocators of road space. Even in London’s busiest streets, half the tarmac is vacant, waiting for a light to release vehicles on to it. Many British streets are so empty they might as well have shops and houses built over them. We build over countryside but treat roads as sacred.

Kapoor’s Olympic statue

Reminds me initially of the Arcologies from Sim City.

Related link from that page is Edaw’s animated vision of the Olympics site in 2040…. would be interesting to see some alternatives?