The clip above captures a glimpse of something amazing: just yesterday, Vienna-based artist Alex Kiessling and Strukt Studio used satellite technology and two industrial robots to make large-scale drawings simultaneously in three European cities. The project, titled “Long Distance Art,” transmitted Kiessling’s gestures from Vienna via satellite to robots stationed in Berlin and London; the robots then created a mirrored image of the artist’s drawing in real time. Kiessling’s ultimate plan is to gather the works made in the three cities into a single triptych.
New Orleans recently announced the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, a flood-management proposal designed by Dutch engineers and led by chief architect and planner David Waggonner of local firm Waggonner & Ball Architects. Rather than relying on drainage alone, the new plan employs a system that retains and channels water, strengthening the city’s ecosystem while providing the infrastructure needed to guard New Orleans from future devastation.
In Pakistan’s beleaguered northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), the justice system often moves slowly. To cope with the problem, the provincial government in KPK’s capital of Peshawar has launched a mobile court system—buses emblazoned with green and white (the colors of Pakistan’s flag) that will bring the courts directly to the country’s citizens. Eleven of the buses have been planned for Peshawar with financial and technical support provided by the United Nations Development Programme.
Check out this piece about the SF Postcard Project, which strives to build connections between people across neighborhood borders through “storytelling exchange.” The project prompts residents in low-income neighborhoods to share a positive story about their community on a postcard. The postcards are then sent to the addresses of random San Francisco residents in different neighborhoods who are asked to respond with an account of an experience in their respective areas. By prompting exchanges between participants from a range of backgrounds, the project brings San Franciscans together as they bond over shared hopes for improving the city.
Brookfield Office Properties is relatively well known now as the owner of Zuccotti Park. As Untapped Cities notes, the company is less recognized for the activities of its cultural arm, Arts Brookfield, a longstanding program that hosts contemporary art projects within privately owned public spaces (POPS). Skeptics believe the effort focuses on attracting renters and positive press, while those in favor feel the initiative makes these spaces more vibrant, and could influence other corporations to make their own POPS more publicly accessible.
The Van Alen Institute just announced that Collective—LOK is the winner of Design/Work: A Design Competition for Van Alen Institute’s New Street-Level Space. The winning team was one of three finalists among 120 applicants from 20 countries, selected in a public vote online. Collective—LOK’s plan, “Screen Play,” is adaptable to the various programmatic activities the space facilitates, including lectures and exhibitions. David van der Leer, Van Alen Institute’s executive director (and former BMW Guggenheim Lab curator) stated, “Collective—LOK’s proposal offers a vision that is both sophisticated and sensitive to the needs of Van Alen as an evolving cultural organization.”
This is the final installment of Lab | Log’s “Friday Links” feature. But watch this space as we get ready for the Lab’s upcoming exhibition Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab.