Daily Diigo Public Link 02/22/2008

by Yule Heibel on February 21, 2008

Ground-up City by Liane LeFaivre and Doll Annotated

tags: cities, liane_lefaivre, playgrounds, urbanism

010 (publisher) description of Ground-up City: Play as a Design Tool, by LeFaivre and the architecture firm Döll – Atelier voor Bouwkunst.

› Notes from the ‘Global Place’ conference Annotated

tags: conference, ecology, liane_lefaivre, place_making, playgrounds, reference, urbanism

Still to read through this blog post, which I bookmarked because it includes such a great photo of Liane LeFaivre, friend from way back when at MIT days! Liane has a new book out on playgrounds, also bookmarked today, and has (judging by Kauffman’s blog entry) been up to interesting things elsewhere, too. Re. the conference itself, Kauffman writes, “The conference was a resounding call for pragmatic utopianism and an integration of urbanism and ecology. It had an emphasis on getting things done rather than living to an ideal. Yet there was some agreement that there is gap between academic discussion and the cultural and material realities. Enough talk. There is a greater need for implementation.” This makes me think that my interest in the local isn’t so marginal, perhaps, insofar as *theory* happens …what’s the word?, across time & space? = unlocalized?, while *implementation* is local. So, if you understand the local very well — and it’s really NOT easy — you get a better sense of how theory can work or be useful. K. adds a very useful observation re. the difference btw. space & place. The latter is made over time.

The Next Slum? by Christopher B. Leinberger – The Atlantic, March 2008 |

tags: atlantic_monthly, chris_leinberger, planning, redevelopment, slums, sprawl, suburbs

Found via Richard Florida’s “Creative Class” blog, Leinberger’s article builds in part on a story that was reported in The Charlotte Observer a while back. With foreclosures on the rise and houses being abandoned, the absence of any sort of on-site amenities acts like an accelerant toward slum-hood.

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