In this volume we have an entry from Avery’s Journey, media we are consuming, a deeper dive into the Washington Metro, and how slow listening has brought people together in Silverton, CO.
Expeditions in Research vol. 2: Big Dig, Boston Government Service Center, and Farnsworth House
Architecture professor Karen Kubey speaks about housing justice, how we need to design for abundance, we don’t live in policy, and how housing supply is part of a larger toolbox to provide housing for all.
Cities are sites of aspirations and identities, and ‘play’ can be a means for fostering community engagement. Architect and urbanist Joanne Cheung critiques the prevailing forms of community engagement, suggesting that they are often paternalistic and fail to adequately consider the agency of individuals and communities. Joanne further discuss the implications of power imbalances, the need for co-creation, and how play can act as a ‘scaffolding’ for discussing democratic representation. Play has often become commodified causing an unequal power dynamics in society. Joanne suggests the Cities for Play is but a scaffold in tackling very hard problems democratically, and calls for meaningful engagement through more community-oriented spaces for collective action and creativity.
How to re–wild a suburb, on the way station to a denser and more climate-friendly neighborhood, using established patterns