Friday Faves! 5 Things to Watch and Read

Extreme Urbanism 1: Reimagining Mumbai’s Back Bay – Drawing on Mumbai’s specific urban development experience from the past two decades, this Collaborative Studio and Research Project (2011) at Harvard Graduate School of Design considers how large-scale planning interventions could promote a plurality of visions for the city and how architects, planners, urban designers, and landscape architects can reconcile sharp dualities in city form. For more info about the studio, you can download the pdf.

Edward Glaeser on why cities matter – “The American Dream doesn’t have to be a white picket fence in suburbia.” An interesting talk by Edward Glaeser on the why and how of succesful American cities.

Cities and Gender (Routledge Critical Introductions to Urbanism and the City) – An interesting take on urbanism from the perpective of gender and how it shapes cities, introducing readers to previously neglected dimensions of gendered critical urban analysis. You can also download a copy here.

A Conversation about the NYC High Line – Charlie Rose interviews Amanda Burden, director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Diane von Furstenberg, Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line and Joshua David,Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line. Click here to watch the video on the website.

One Millionth Tower Trailer -This documentary gives us a view into a 3D virtual environment of which a highrise neighbourhood sets the scene, allowing visitors to explore how participatory urban design can transform the urban and virtual spaces that belong to us all.

Have a great holiday! // Felices fiestas!

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