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HDM 28: Can Designers Improve Life in Non-Formal Cities?

 

HDM 28: Can Designers Improve Life in Non-Formal Cities?

America’s design culture has shifted toward efforts to improve social and environmental conditions.  Helping the disadvantaged entails risks of top-down power relationships and the ignorance of outsiders.  To avoid this, designers in this issue have worked at small scales in collaboration with the people affected by their projects. 

The need for attention to the urban poor is increasing drastically with both relentless Third World urbanization and a lack of adequate land and housing for the one-billion additional slum dwellers projected to exist by 2020.

FEATURES | DESIGN INTERVENTIONS | ON DESIGN 
ON DEVELOPMENT | ON PRACTICE  
ON SUSTAINABILITY AND DESIGN | ON PLACE  
ON URBAN DESIGN | BOOKS | ORDER

FEATURES
Daniela Fabricius
Resisting Representation
The Informal Geographies of Rio de Janeiro (pdf)

Teresa Pires do Rio Caldeira and James Holston
Urban Peripheries, Invention, and Citizenship

David Gouverneur and Oscar Grauer
Urban Connectors
Fostering the Integration of Formal and Informal Settlements

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DESIGN INTERVENTIONS
John Beardsley and Christian Werthmann
Improving Informal Settlements

Ideas from Latin America (pdf)

BOGOTÁ
John Beardsley
Equalizing Mobility: TransMilenio Bus System: Cictorutas and Ciclovia: Alameda El Porvenir; Usme: City of Bogotá

BUENOS AIRES
John Beardsley
Designing Process: Flavio Janches and Max Rohm

CARACAS
John Beardsley
Urban Acupuncture: Urban Think Tank

MEXICO CITY
John Beardsley
Lake Ecologies: El Caracol: José Castillo, Architecture 911

Enrique Martin-Moreno C.
It Takes Three: The “People,” Businessmen, and Government Officials
To Use Mexico City’s Left-Over Spaces for Social Inclusion

RIO DE JANEIRO
Christian Werthmann
Making History: The Favela Bairro Program and More

Maria Lúcia (Lu) Peterson
Interventions for the Socio-Urban Integration of the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

SÃO PAOLO
Christian Werthmann

Dirty Water: The Guarapiranga Water Reservoir, Parque Amelia, Watery Voids: MMBB

TIJUANA
John Beardsley

Border Crossings: Estudio Teddy Cruz

Tito Alegría
The Solution is Not Architectural
Housing Problems of the Poor in Tijuana

KIBERA
John Gendall
Kibera Public Space Project by Kounkuey Design Initiative
Co-Designing Productive Parks with the Poorest of Kibera, Kenya
GSD Graduates Help a Nairobi Community

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ON DESIGN
Robert Levit

Contemporary Ornament
The Return of the Symbolic Repressed (pdf)

Silvia Lavin
Peripatetic Invisibility, or, Not Enough Ado about Nothing: ICA/Boston

Jeffrey Kipnis
Director Medvedow, PUT BACK THAT SCREEN!!!: ICA/Boston

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ON DEVELOPMENT
Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson

Instant Cities, Instant Architecture, and Incremental Metropolitanism (pdf)

Matthew J. Kiefer
The Social Functions of NIMBYism

ON PRACTICE
Thomas Spector

Beyond the ADA (pdf)

ON SUSTAINABILITY AND DESIGN
Nathalie Beauvais

The Machine as the Garden
The New Harvard Campus in Allston; Sustainability and Its Effects on Design (pdf)

ON PLACE
Myev Rees and Peter W. Williams

Evangelical Architecture: Megachurch Images

ON URBAN DESIGN
Tim Love

Can Good Design Advance Urban Development?
On the Harvard Design Magazine Symposium “Can Design Improve Life in Cities? The Cases of Los Angeles, London, and Chicago” (pdf)

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BOOKS
review by Keller Easterling
Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics after Modernism
by Felicity D. Scott

review by John Dixon Hunt
The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted Volume 7: Parks, Politics, and Patronage, 1874-1882
edited by Charles E. Beveridge, Carolyn F. Hoffman, and Kenneth Hawkins (pdf)

review by Timothy Hyde
The Formal Basis of Modern Architecture; Written into the void: selected writings, 1990-2004; Eisenman Inside Out: Selected Writings; Tracing Eisenman: Peter Eisenman Complete Work; Giuseppe Terragni: Transformations, Decompositions, Critiques
by Peter Eisenman

review by Daniel Naegele
From a Cause to a Style: Modernist Architecture’s Encounter with the American City
by Nathan Glazer
The Architecture of Happiness
by Alain de Botton (pdf)

review by Dan Willis
The Culture of Building 
by Howard Davis (pdf)

review by Tom Bender
Recombinant Urbanism: Conceptual Modeling in Architecture, Urban Design, and City Theory
By Grahame Shane (pdf)

review by Joan Ockman
Bauhaus Culture: From Weimar to the Cold War
by Kathleen James-Chakraborty (pdf)

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