Check out the work of famed architect Le Corbusier in the captivating clip above. The film, which highlights works such as Villa Savoye and Couvent de la Tourette, explains Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Architecture, five elements that he deemed crucial to modern design and urbanism.
Photographer Kirk Crippens takes inspiration from artists Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, who captured life during the Great Depression, for his series The Great Recession: Foreclosure USA. The photographs document Stockton, California —a city whose debt amounted to $240 million before ultimately declaring bankruptcy during the housing crisis in 2009. Rather than revealing the effects of a municipality rocked by the recession, Crippens captures the resiliency of a community in financial recovery.
Take a look at eight projects curated by urban design director Scott Burnham of the Boston Society of Architects, showcased as part of Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure exhibition. These initiatives creatively transform underutilized urban infrastructure—telephone booths, construction scaffolding, billboards, bus stops, and parking lots—to redefine how elements of the city can be repurposed for public use. As described by Burnham, “The city holds a vast amount of untapped ability. The structures, surfaces, objects and systems that underpin its daily operations have the potential to do more, to perform an alternate function, or assume an entirely new role in the mechanism of the city.”
The Floating Cinema, a project in its second year, is a temporary movie theater and event space created by UP projects and designed by duggan morris architects. The initiative has embarked on a 10-week journey through London’s waterways to offer educational talks, tours, movie screenings for on-board and mainland audiences, and more.
During the course of three Saturdays, the Summer Streets program transforms New York City’s streets into almost seven miles of car-free, mixed-use public spaces that feature block parties, bike tours, walking tours, and more. The initiative, which is modeled on events such as the Paris Plages and Bogota, Colombia’s weekly ciclovias, is an effort led by the New York City Department of Transportation to encourage physical recreation and alternative methods of transportation for the city.
Four finalists have been announced as they transition into the second phase of the design competition—“For a Resilient Rockaway” (FAR ROC)—which asked participants to envision new forms of mixed-use, sustainable, mixed-income, and storm-resilient proposals for the 80 acres of land along the Rockaway Peninsula demolished by Hurricane Sandy. The four teams will receive $30,000 to develop their proposal – and an additional $30,000 will be awarded to the winning team.