If you’re anything like me, its impossible to follow a set of stairs into any subway system without wondering how everything above ground interfaces with everything below ground. Even a rudimentary set of orientation instincts tells you that what is happening in these tunnels is not directly mirrored above ground. So, needless to say, I find these X-ray maps of NYC subway stations by Candy Chan absolutely fascinating. I love the approach to mapping and architecture shown in these drawings!
Here’s a vaguely architectural project that impinges upon the more pleasant periphery of the artistic: imagine a project to rebrand China as a cultural rather than political force. Imagine a cultural city established in politically sensitive territory. Would it look like this? Wonderful work!
– From the work of Freja Bao.
Though it falls well outside my usual reading habits (and why should that matter, you ask, quite correctly), this book, “Many Norths” looks pretty intriguing. From the writeup at BLDGBLOG, its seems like a fascinating study of a rarely considered corner of the built environment. I love this kind of stuff!
– via BLDGBLOG
Gentrification is bad, but placemaking is good. Except when placemaking results in gentrification, which it usually does. Turns out the way that cities change is really complicated, and this article scrapes the surface of that complexity. If only we could reduce the whole convoluted process down to a convenient paragraph we could recite to strangers when drunk at parties.
– via Arch Daily