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Re-fabricating Cities & Architecture

Elisabeth Weiman

On November 10th, 2015, The Bengal Institute hosted a conversation with Michael Sorkin and James Timberlake. Michael spoke on his notions of the self-sufficient cities and the ecology of the urban, while James shared his philosophy of the new machine ideology of building. 

American Academy in China Announces Inaugural Research Fellow

Fern Lan Siew

Michael Sorkin was selected as an inaugural research fellow with the American Academy in China (AAC), University of Southern California, School of Architecture. Upon the announcement, AAC's director, Clifford Pearson remarked: “As a writer and critic, Michael has often challenged established perspectives, offering a penetrating and often witty take on what is really happening in architecture and design. And as an architect, he is fully engaged with the realities of building in China.”

Sorkin's project titled "Made for China" begins this summer with an introspective look at his firm's work in China and a search for an "urbanism with Chinese characteristics." The research will also analyze the work of other architects from the west working in China and the interactions with local regulations and stakeholders.

For more about the fellowship and ACC, check out The Architects Newspaper article here.

 

 

 

Key Messages for the “New Urban Agenda”

mariacecilia fagel

"By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Rapid urbanization is producing new contexts through which violence and conflict operate and it is critical to understand these complex dynamics. Urban settings have characteristics, which require effective, context- specific approaches. Violence and conflict in urban areas can involve different kinds of violence and can be driven by diverse vectors such as political, socio-economic, institutional and environmental. The event aimed to enhance our understanding of the nexus between urbanization, violence, and conflict in fragile settings. The following key messages emanated from the event and should be given consideration in the discussion on the New Urban Agenda." 

Key messages here. Also, Hanne Kristoffersen, Local Governace Specialist of UNDP, wrote an article on Leaving No One and No City Behind, reflecting on one of the UN's sustainable development goal.

Transcript: Opening Remarks by Deen Sharp

The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16 was organized by the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, City College of New York - CUNY, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises. 

LIVE NOTES: The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16

mariacecilia fagel

Panel II 'New Geographies of Urban Violence' (L-R) Alexandra Hiniker, PAX representative to the UN; Samuel Doe, Policy Advisor, UNDP; Deen Sharp, Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York; Esteban Leon, Chief Technical Advisor, UNHABITAT.  Photo: Reem Aliessa

Panel II 'New Geographies of Urban Violence' (L-R) Alexandra Hiniker, PAX representative to the UN; Samuel Doe, Policy Advisor, UNDP; Deen Sharp, Doctoral candidate at the City University of New York; Esteban Leon, Chief Technical Advisor, UNHABITAT. Photo: Reem Aliessa

Less visible forms of urban violence that go beyond ideas of construction and deconstruction need attention. --- Deen Sharp

Explosive weapons are leading cause of destruction of healthcare facilities.... Use of wide area explosive weapons in populated areas always leads to high injury of civilians. --- Alexandra Hiniker

Challenges of urbanization can be combated through understanding the city rather than individual challenges. --- Esteban Leon

Notes by Kira Rakova.

UPDATE: Read the Key Messages for the "New Urban Agenda" here.

The Nexus of Urbanization, Violence and Conflict: Linking SDG 11 and SDG 16 was organized by the Permanent Missions of Lebanon and Norway to the UN, City College of New York - CUNY, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), in coordination with the Global Alliance for Urban Crises.

Meeting the Former President of Turkey

Elisabeth Weiman

During Abdullah Gül University's opening in Turkey, Michael Sorkin inspired the audience by speaking on the critical issues facing urban landscapes and the future of cities. There he met with the 11th President of the Republic of Turkey, Abdullah Gül, who also presented at the ceremony on the importance of interdisciplinary education. 

Imagining a Sustainable New York

Elisabeth Weiman

In New York City, 66 year old Michael Sorkin – architect, urban planner, and critic – runs Terreform, a non-profit devoted to architecture that is both urban and green. Two years ago, Terreform began a project called New York City (Steady) State, which investigates the possibility of “urban self-reliance.” Its goal is to figure out what a sustainable New York might look like.

By imagining an ideal city, the thinking goes, you make a better one more likely. How would such a city function? And what would it be like to live on its leafy and fruitful streets?

Read the full article here.

Thinking City Limit: How Localizing is the Key to Our Urban Future?

Elisabeth Weiman

What is the actual extent of the city? As megacities, sprawl and megalopolitan regions increasingly characterize urbanization, it gets harder and harder to recognize either the location or the logic of boundaries. But, while our cities are no longer walled, each is still enclosed in multiple visible and invisible membranes that define it both internally and in relation to the planet.

Full length article can be found here.

Green Cities Are Not Sci-Fi

Elisabeth Weiman

It sounds like a phantasmagoria, but it is the result of ten years of research by Terreform.  Starting from the place of green urbanism, their work focuses on how to create self-sufficient cities. Michael Sorkin spoke on these details in an interviewed held at the reSITE conference in Prague.