Friday Faves! 5 Things to Watch and Read

Here are this week’s Friday Faves… Share and enjoy!

Google + Paris Develop the Best and Largest View of Google Earth – The Paris Center for Architecture and Urbanism has teamed up with Google to create an interactive 40-square-meter digital mapping of Paris–the largest of its kind according to Google–as it is expected to be developed by 2020.

Combinatory Urbanism: The Complex Behavior of Collective Form – Thom Mayne’s latest has been hailed by  MIT Professor of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Alan Berger as “nothing short of a tour de force and should be required reading for landscape urbanists and landscape architects.”

Ice Cube Celebrates the Eames – In case you hadn’t seen this video doing the rounds this week, here is Ice Cube himself, who turns out studied architectural drafting before turning to rap, promoting the built environment of a misunderstood LA in a campaign for Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA, 1945-1980. “The good, the bad and the ugly about L.A…” he starts off, citing a few of the era’s architectural jewels as the “good”, and “the bad…the traffic. Each freeway has its own personality.” Good architecture, bad urbanism?

Strategy: Public – The first volume of a+t’s new series on urban strategies and dedicated to the study of design and project processes focuses on public space, featuring 23 completed works of urban landscaping.

Community Growth, Crisis and Challenge – A historical gem from 1959 co-sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Urban Land Institute ULI), this film warns warns citizens, developers, and city officials of the dangers of urban sprawl and provides alternative approaches to land development.


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