Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sunshine or Noir

Having lived in the City of Angels and gone through architecture school in the 80’s I can attest to the readings. Benham’s interpretation of LA and its four ecologies reminded me of my fetishism with LA. Coming to the city … Continue reading

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LA, Sunshine or Noir

Please post your comments on readings for our next session here. Mike Davis, Fortress Los Angeles: The militarization of Urban Space Aaron Betsky, Nothing but Flowers: Against Public Space Reyner Banham, Los Angeles, The Architecture of Four Ecologies (selection).

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Suburbia – links

Further to our discussion on suburbs and their representation: and also..

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American Suburbs

Here is an eloquent video on the phenomenon of the suburb. It represents different forms of its development and brings a reflection on the sociocultural problems which it leads.

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Fishman contends, “…. the new city is a city a la carte.” A megalopolis based on time rather than space facilitated by the communication technologies, offers new ways of thinking about our cities bound by time and not distance. He … Continue reading

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who is taking what…

Here is the list of the art pieces chosen: Ashley: PoubelleKim: CondoMatt: White SpaceJacynthe: NIP Paysage’s courtyardsZamila: ArchicontreCamille: The sketches of the bus route (sorry I can’t find the correct name)Tanya: AveugleElisabeth: Planespotters

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CCA-MTL Meet the artists

Reminder: today at CCA there are talks with some of the artists participating in this section of ABC-MTL. Today, February 9th: Maxime Larrivee-Roy, Vincent Lalonde-Dupuy, Pierre Moro-Lin, Xavier Coulombe-Murray, Jessica Auer, Douglas Moffat and Kesso Saulnier.

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Narratives of Urban Dispersion

Please post your comments for the readings of the 4th session here. I have added two texts – both to our db and on Mycourses – which I will also be discussing: Fishman’s Megalopolis Unbound for an overview of suburban … Continue reading

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Leach’s critique of Learning From Las Vegas

In his critique of  the book “Learning From Las Vegas”,  by Venturi, Brown and Izenour, Neil Leach argues that not only is this work not revolutionary, but that it is rather “trapped within an uncritical domain of capitalist values”. The … Continue reading

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The Profane, the Sacred, and the Collective Us.

Learning from Las Vegas In Learning from Las Vegas, we are reminded that how we construct our structures–social, built/urban, cultural, etc.–bears as a direct reflection upon our contemporary collective identity.  To some, it is vulgar, while to others, it presents a … Continue reading

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