/short notes and photos about Athens and the cities
The theme of death is relevant to us all and where we die is a critical part of that; how and where we die underpin a lot of cultural ideas about what a ‘good death’ is. In the UK, 3% of people want to die in hospital, but 53% do; almost one in three hospital patients in Scotland will die within a year, and nearly one in 10 will die during their time in hospital. As architects and urban designers, we think that it is important to look critically at our approach to death and the places associated with it, so that we can start to create better spaces for death and dying in the future.
Architecture related to death and dying used to be influential and important to the development of architecture as a discipline. Hospitals, funeral chapels and cemeteries used to set an example that would be followed, and not only in other buildings related to death and dying. These forms would set trends and define values for architecture more widely. Today, this once strong position seems to have faded away completely and this type of architecture is largely hidden from view.
Moreover, it is rarely foregrounded in the architectural history of the 20th century. The curators decided to bring this topic to the discussion of fundamentals and modernity because death is fundamental and its changing place in modern society is worth significantly more attention from architects and urban designers.
‘Death in Venice’ is an independent event, which will be shown at the Ludoteca Santa Maria Ausiliatrice in Venice (Italy), from 4-11 June 2014 curated by Alison Killing and Ania Molenda with the collaboration of LUST.
An unexpected contest for public spaces in ΝΥ “Designing for free speech”.
From the title it can be assumed, first of all, that the freedom of expression in public space it’ s lost (at least for NY) and that somehow it has to be reinvented and obtained through design.
This sounds very contradictory as long as most of the examples of urban regenerations throughout the world show us the more design= the less free speech.
From the brief of the contest… “Free speech is essential for a vibrant culture and a democratic society, yet spaces for public expression seem harder and harder to find in the places where we live, work and play. What does a space for free speech look and feel and sound like? Can they be designed? Are there places in New York City where we can design them?”
You still have some time for proposals. Till 15 may 2014.
What was the effect of the World War II bombings for the European Cities, was for the American cities the invasion of auto mobile infrastructure.
The concept of “continuous ground”- the plateau where one can endlessly drift and experience the space as duration- is seriously challenged.
Tearing up the real space seems like preparing the ground for the post-modern fragmentation which pervades all the cultural landscapes.
Read here about how 1949 Atlanta Aerial Mosaic Project Reveals Built Environment Change