The IKEA Playlist Kit for Primates

by Bill Burns

Has this week’s So|Aware Prison coverage got you feeling crazy? If so, you can spend the weekend locked in your own guard tower and prison cells built with Bill Burns IKEA-esque instructions. Also in the Kit is a list of songs played repetitively to prisoners at several extraterritorial prison camps including that at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Songs include, the Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” JoeRaposo’s “Sesame Street Theme Song,” and much more.

Via Erin Riley

Thanks for reading everyone. Have a great weekend!

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Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio

This weekend, grab a bowl of popcorn, pop in Citizen Architect and park it on the couch for a couple hours – you won’t regret it.

Citizen Architect is a documentary film on the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio.

Hale County, Alabama is home to some of the most impoverished communities in the United States. It is also home to Auburn University’s Rural Studio, one of the most prolific and inspirational design-build outreach programs ever established. Citizen Architect is a documentary film chronicling the late Samuel Mockbee, artist, architect, educator and founder of the Rural Studio.

Citizen Architect explores Mockbee’s effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Revealing the philosophy and heart behind the Rural Studio, the documentary is guided by passionate, frank and never-before-seen interviews with Mockbee himself.

Related posts: Safe House Museum & Akron Boys and Girls Club II

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Solid PechaKucha stack by urban interventionists at Tactical Urbanism Salon: Philly
What is PechaKucha?
PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where participants show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and the presenter talks about each image. Innovative ideas at a fast pace.
What is Tactical Urbanism Salon: Philly?
The Tactical Urbanism Salon is a meeting where urban interventionists present projects, network with each other, and problem solve for a better city. 
The deets:
The meetup is on April 28, 2012, at the Next American City Storefront for Urban Innovation in Philadelphia, PA. 

Solid PechaKucha stack by urban interventionists at Tactical Urbanism Salon: Philly

What is PechaKucha?

PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where participants show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and the presenter talks about each image. Innovative ideas at a fast pace.

What is Tactical Urbanism Salon: Philly?

The Tactical Urbanism Salon is a meeting where urban interventionists present projects, network with each other, and problem solve for a better city. 

The deets:

The meetup is on April 28, 2012, at the Next American City Storefront for Urban Innovation in Philadelphia, PA. 

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Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream

at the MoMA

The home-foreclosure crisis of the last five years has shaken Americans’ confidence in the future of the country’s suburbs. Suburbs have long been the sites of a key component of the American Dream: personal ownership of a single-family home, an investment that once guaranteed stability for the next generation. This exhibition proposes that these crises have a silver lining: they have created opportunities for radically rethinking the building blocks of the United States’ fast-growing urban fringe and developing a new national conversation on issues of housing, transportation, and public space.

During summer 2011, five teams of designers (including architects, urban planners, and landscape architects), economists, ecologists, and engineers—led by the principals of the architecture firms MOS, Visible Weather, Studio Gang Architects, WORKac, and Zago Architecture—began a cross-disciplinary conversation, imagining the redesign of specific sites across the country, from older east coast suburbs with rail connections to newer subdivisions accessible only by highway. Working in studios at MoMA PS1, they discussed their projects with the public in a series of open houses. Their work, presented here, is not a set of blueprints for the development of specific places so much as an array of visions that will help us rethink the physical and financial architecture of living, working, and commuting in the extended metropolis.

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Pop Up City — Ideas for re-using Vacant urban sites.
Over the past two years the property market has experienced the most difficult business conditions in living memory. Falling values, lack of demand for commercial space and tight funding conditions have meant there is a real possibility of development sites laying empty for a number of years. British Land, realising the potential and deleterious impact of idle sites, organised a competition for the site of The Leadenhall Building designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Thirteen young architectural practices were invited to come up with ideas for improving what was essentially a large hole in the ground so that it would make a positive, and temporary, contribution to life in this area of London.

Pop Up City — Ideas for re-using Vacant urban sites.

Over the past two years the property market has experienced the most difficult business conditions in living memory. Falling values, lack of demand for commercial space and tight funding conditions have meant there is a real possibility of development sites laying empty for a number of years.

British Land, realising the potential and deleterious impact of idle sites, organised a competition for the site of The Leadenhall Building designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Thirteen young architectural practices were invited to come up with ideas for improving what was essentially a large hole in the ground so that it would make a positive, and temporary, contribution to life in this area of London.

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Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities
Jugaad Urbanism explores how the energy of citizens “making-do” is translated by architects, urban planners, and governmental and nongovernmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth. From energy generating spinning wheels to the extensive skywalks of Mumbai – the exhibition highlights how “jugaad” interventions (a term in Hindi used to describe an innovative, resourceful approach) are challenging traditional spatial hierarchies and mechanistic planning principles.

Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities

Jugaad Urbanism explores how the energy of citizens “making-do” is translated by architects, urban planners, and governmental and nongovernmental entities into efficient and inventive strategies for sustainable urban growth. From energy generating spinning wheels to the extensive skywalks of Mumbai – the exhibition highlights how “jugaad” interventions (a term in Hindi used to describe an innovative, resourceful approach) are challenging traditional spatial hierarchies and mechanistic planning principles.

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