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Where 2012-04-21 17:09:00
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Where 2012-01-22 17:28:00
More fun with the Stereographic Street View hack. As it turns out, you can do a lot more than just make those cute little mini-planets. Long, low buildings, for example, can be fun to play around with. Here we are at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn:And, up at Viñoly's razzle-dazzle-y Hall of Justice in the Bronx:Skyscrapers are fun for the …


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Where 2012-01-21 19:42:00
Thanks to Brainpicker for alerting me to the presence of what may be the best Google Maps hack I've seen yet, Stereographic Street View. Now I know what I'm going to be doing for pretty much the rest of my life. Some early successes:Under the Queensboro Bridge in LIC:Then on down to Soho:And Flatbush. The uniformity of public housing blocks makes …


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Where 2011-10-29 23:18:00
A Year in New York from Andrew Clancy on Vimeo.Goddamnit, this one's good. Also: clearly made by a Queenser. +1


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Where 2011-10-16 01:59:00
Evening PresentationsIntroduction - Mike Lydon (The Street Plans Collaborative)Early example of  tactical urbanism: Paris book boxes along the Siene; interesting parallel between historic book box tension w/bookstore owners and contemporary arguments between foot trucks and restauranteursWhat we call tactical urbanism has been going on for hundreds of yearsThere has been an acceleration of TU in recent years; of 56 Open Streets initiatives …


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Where 2011-10-15 20:31:00
Pecha KuchaBroLab BroLab used Q32 bus line between Flux Factory & Momenta Art to stage "Bench Press"; created a template & built benches along bus lines.Project allowed people to see benches building built, get a sense of the work that went into them.Did 12-15 live-build installations of benches at bus stops over the course of one day.Vertical Theory, Karen MackayWanted to find …


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Where 2011-10-15 19:02:00
IntroductionMike Lydon - The Street Plans CollaborativeAurash Khawarzad - DoTank:Brooklyn / Project for Public SpacesML: Idea for the TUS was to look at short-term actions driving long-term changeAK: Old process of building communities is not working anymore; new more collaborative ways of doing thingsAK: We want everything about today to be different; everything we do should be action-focused. Panel Discussion: Tactical vs. DIY …


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Where 2011-10-15 16:04:00
A few years ago I made a series of hackmaps, using Google Earth to cobble together a few visualizations of alternate urban realities. I'd always planned to post some of the better ones to Where, and never got around to it. Recent events, however, made me think that there was one  in particular that was worth sharing.The image above was created …


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Where 2011-09-05 19:50:00
The new issue of MAS Context is out today, and you can read the whole thing online here, or buy a printed copy here. I've got an article on the effect of mobile, digital tech on the future of historic preservation, entitled On the Quickening of History. An excerpt:These applications will eventually be used not just to find a good place …


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Where 2011-07-24 15:15:00
Oh joy, thecolorof works for architects, too! There are some fascinating results--so many, in fact, that you'll have to travel beyond the jump, as I don't want them mobbing the Where homepage, heh.Corbu's swatch is, oddly enough, distinctly pastel. While the Frenchman was no stranger to the occasional burst of color, he generally opted for bold primaries. His is by far …


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Where 2011-07-23 23:34:00
I found thecolorof.com this evening (via Curiosity Counts), which layers recent images from Flickr sharing a common tag over each other to create swatches that resemble abstract impressionist paintings. Naturally, I spent a bit of time trying out various cities. Many wind up very similar--red/gold on the bottom, bluish on the top--which I'm guessing has something to do with the preponderance …


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Where 2011-07-18 14:56:00
Photo CreditLast month, Newsweek produced a list of "dying" cities in the US with "bleak" futures based solely on population loss over the past few decades. For the Love of Cities author Peter Kageyama made quick work of the dismantling of this rather lazy list over at The Infrastructurist: "As human beings," he notes, astutely, "we stop 'growing' in our early …


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Where 2011-07-17 16:06:00
Photo creditSome clever artist has plastered a series of stylized yellow protractors (or are they bridges?) around Pittsburgh, each with a (presumably) sequential number from one up into the hundreds. Apparently it's the talk of the town--so much so that, in a move truly worthy of the adjective "Keystone," the city's cops are trying to track the mastermind down so that …


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Where 2011-07-16 16:42:00
Woke up this morning to discover new Google Earth satellite imagery of Manhattan, complete with the fully-pedestrianized & mural'd Times Square. Great light too, Midtown usually looks so dark on G-Earth. Three cheers for Janette.UPDATE: Just realized you can also get great views of a few other ped plazas. Click the thumbnails for full-sizers:Union Square (with Greenmarket in full-swing!):Madison Square Park: …


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Where 2011-07-06 14:42:00
Image by Flickr user philipbouchardRevisiting a few posts that I wrote for Next American City a couple of years ago via more recent news items:From Neighborhoods as Brands (March 2008):  Think about places in American cities that have a special cultural power.  Now export them to a brownfield site one or two thousand miles away...New Orleans? French Quarter could become one …


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Where 2011-07-04 04:06:00
Natalia from Polis has already nerded out on the potential for apps to collect use-pattern data to aid urban planners as illustrated by the recent Nike+ 1000 Runs mapping project. Personally, though, I?m more excited about this as a social ad campaign than as an urban planning tool. It?s a pretty ingenious way of encouraging participation: it taps into Nike?s passionate …


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Where 2011-06-10 13:47:00
Sylvan Terrace, one of my favorite sites of "urban delight" in ManhattanThis week was like a big traffic jam of awesome in the urban-o-sphere. No time for dithering introductions, on to the good stuff.ITEM ONE: David Roberts wraps up his five-part series on great places at Grist with a post on urban delight, taking time to note both the suburbs' relative …


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Where 2011-06-10 01:01:00
Just read this evening that SOM's plan for the game-changing redevelopment of the bay's manmade Treasure Island has been approved. I interviewed the lead architect, Craig Hartman, about the project two years ago, and thought it might be fun to repost. Here it is, parts One and Two.


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Where 2011-06-09 11:43:00
Image from the NY Daily NewsI try to keep Where fairly upbeat, but this one's got me too annoyed not to write about: apparently Far Rockaway's city councilman, James Sanders, threw such a spectacular snit fit about a McDonald's subway ad that he got the corp. to pull the campaign, which could not have been cheap. About the ad, Sanders whinnied …


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Where 2011-06-08 01:59:00
Image from Fast CompanyEspecially interesting in light of Monday's post: Fast Company reports today on Nintendo's new Wii U controller, proclaiming that "living room entertainment just got one step closer to having a true three-dimensional virtual environment." It seems implicit in this statement that the author believes video games to be the provenance of the virtual world; that to have an …


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