Plan Of The City by Joshua Frankel

Abstract and slow coolness.

“Plan of the City is a animated film, conceived and directed by Joshua Frankel, about the architecture of New York City blasting off into outer space and resettling on Mars. The film’s visuals are an animated collage combining live action footage, animated elements, illustrations and treated photographs, including photos taken by the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity made available to the public domain by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.”

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The Two Doves & The Photographer


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Postfordistische Abend-Idylle




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The City Of The Immediate Future


More raw material from the archives.

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Sonido Mazter


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Daily Details Argentina

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Buenos Aires

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Do you know where this is? [Daily Detail]

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Daily Detail "Bridge"

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in front of cologne’s excellent cuban cigar manufacture “la galana”

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Proyección de 'Ravalejar' en el Raval

Este domingo, 23 de mayo de 2010 a las 17h, mostrarán mi corto ravalejar en una actividad de los arquitectos sin fronteras en el Raval en Barcelona. Se trata de una convocatoria para dar ideas sobre las actividades que se pueden realizar en el nuevo espacio que se ha abierto debido a una demolición reciente, en la calle Sant Rafael con Riereta.

“Es una primera toma de contacto con los vecinos del barrio, sin ninguna otra pretensión que apropiarnos de un espacio en desuso y promover ideas para ocuparlo temporalmente.”

Mas información en Raons públiques

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The Future is now, Floris ;)

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How to get rid of public space: An easy to follow, three step guide

We all know the problem: You just made up a brilliant image for your city (for example Barcelona) that attracts tourists, trade shows and the global community’s attention. But suddenly, with all this attention you realize that the image you have developed with so much hard work does not reflect the actual reality. So you start modifying it.
As one tiny detail of this plan, you have to make sure that the public space is clean, nice and free of possible negative influences to the idealized tourists and foreign visitors. Basically, you have to get rid of some of the most annoying inhabitants of public spaces. How to do this? Well, I propose an easy to follow three step approach:

public space - identify
Identify: First you need to detect the place where the unwanted public activity takes place.

public space - design
Design: Think about an effective way of imposing the citizen’s behavior.

public space - install
Install: Now you can apply the measure to the problematic space and transform its function.

Voilà, you are done!
Now let’s all go out there and destroy another public space!

Just for your information: I have taken these pictures at carrer San Pau, Barcelona (check the Google Street View)

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Tracking People, tracking Urban Space

While I was visiting this year’s Ars Electronica, there has been a very interesting panel at the Sky Media Loft. Among others (like Andrew Shoben from Greyworld and Horst Hörtner from Futurelab) Carlo Ratti, representing MIT’s senseable city lab, talked about a project that has been presented at the 10th International Architecture Biennial in Venice: Realtime Rome (pdf).

Basically it is about visualizing the „breath of the city“ in real time by tracking people’s position, cell-phone usage and the public transportation system of Rome. The data to do so comes from Telecom Italy. In the presentation he showed data-recordings of certain events, like a Madonna concert, or the soccer-match between France and Italy. To see the flow of people in the city and the ability to measure and analyze it in real time was quite impressive.

I can imagine that there is a lot of potential for all urban planners, politicians and commercial surveyors in this approach. But I am quite sure that this also drafts an image of a big surveillance technology, that can be used for unwanted purposes. Ratti admitted that this kind of data tracking could be „somehow dangerous for people’s privacy“, but he said that this threat depends on the location of filters that avoid being tracked.

If you’d ask me I am more pessimistic about this and I would bet that the average cell phone user won’t have or make use of such a choice. While I don’t share the rather grime perspective concerning technology that the Frankfurt-School introduced last century, I do think that a little bit more consciousness among “Media Artists”/Researchers would be great.

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