Cities

  • Communitecture - buildings as members of the community

        communitecture: an idea of building and design that places the common good over egocentricity; an antidote to starchitecture, as in: "Don't get me wrong—I love my new Jean Nouvel condo. But what this city really needs is more communitecture like the High Line." —Alix Browne and Pilar Vilodas.    .

     

     

     

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  • Trash and the Anthropologist

    BLVR: You've written that a sanitation department that does its job well will make itself invisible, and, more generally but along the same lines, there is a sense in which garbage is the negation of culture. And William Rathje, whom you mentioned just before, has noted that humans are the only animal species not drawn in by garbage's smells and colors.

    The director of my old graduate program at NYU is also an expert on something kind of weird: she's an anthropologist of sanitation, and has been the anthropologist-in-residence at NYC's Department of Sanitation for years. If that wasn't weird enough for you...

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