place v. space

when houses become homes and cities become communities
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An Italian mobile library. Wouldn’t it be cool to have one of these in your own community?


Amazing! Someone has to do this.

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An Italian mobile library. Wouldn’t it be cool to have one of these in your own community?

Amazing! Someone has to do this.

(via thisbigcity)

— 4 months ago with 7184 notes
#italy  #libraries  #travel  #cities  #local  #community  #books  #mobile 

cjwho:

Weekend House in Downtown São Paulo, Brazil by SPBR | via

Clouds, drizzle, rain, snow or hail, in all its physical states water is related to sky.

However, if we are requested to think about a [swimming] pool, our imagination automatically starts to dig into the ground. Seas, lakes, and ponds explain the reason we react in that direction: essentially, a pool fells like a piece of a lake. It makes sense, the image corresponds to the word, water that rests smoothly on the ground. Water defines the surface.

But if I mention a specific type of pool, a water tank or a water tower, we first imagine an elevated volume of water, a pool detached from the ground level. In this case, hydrostatic pressure is a requirement to fulfill pipes, to supply water. Water level holds a potential possibility.

While walking on the ground,we could ask: where is the surface? In the specific sense of the word, surface has no layers or thickness. However, if one walks in a city like São Paulo [or New York], the ground level does not correspond to the surface anymore. There are some pieces of the ground that haven’t been touched by the sunlight for decades since buildings have permanently shaded them.

Photography: Nelson Kon

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— 4 months ago with 525 notes
#architecture  #cities  #brazil 
"Sustainable development is like teenage sex - everybody claims they are doing it but most people aren’t, and those that are, are doing it very badly"
— 7 months ago with 349 notes
#sustainable development  #cities  #future  #sex 
"If an object is connected to its surroundings and made aware through data, it has the potential to become an active and engaged participant in its environment, capable of having conversations with passer-byers and emoting its current feelings"

Sam Slover on how the ‘internet of things’ could change cities. (via thisbigcity)

This is great. I’m currently in Australia working at Testing Grounds, a site which embodies this idea beautifully.

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— 8 months ago with 64 notes
#urbanism  #cities  #placemaking  #environment  #engaging