City as Lab : Introductory Lecture


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City as Lab : Introductory Lecture

  1. 1. City as LabTHURSDAYS 6-9PM
  2. 2. Introductory Lecture6-6:10Purpose of this courseWhere are we? Introductory images6:10-6:30Course StructureSyllabus - Readings, Assignments, Tumblr Blog6:30-7PM- Why are we dealing with space?- What is the multi-national city? What is the global city?- Visual Research - Map making, Diagrams, Data Viz7-7:15Explain homework and readings- Will review homework in detail in small group meetings on Friday
  3. 3. Where are we?“They speak of Beirut as if it were an abstraction of the humanexperience: it is not. Beirut was a city like any other and its peoplewere a people like any other. What happened here could happenanywhere.”- Makdial, 1990 from Divided Cities “Especially between 1890 and 1940 a new culture (the Machine Age?) selected Manhattan as a laboratory: a mythical island where the invention and testing of a metropolitan lifestyle and its attendant architecture could be pursued as a collective experiment in which the entire city became a factory of man-made experience, where the real and the natural ceased to exist.” “Manhattan is an accumulation of disasters that never happen.” - Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York, 1978
  4. 4. Balthazar in Beirut & NYC
  5. 5. High Line & Corniche
  6. 6. 14th Street & Hamra Street
  7. 7. Standard Hotel & Saint Georges Hotel
  8. 8. Green Markets NYC & Souk El Tayeb Beirut
  9. 9. Downtown Beirut & Downtown Beirut in Cairo
  10. 10. What is a city?
  11. 11. “The MNC is haunted by old memories and by visionary hallucinations.”- Baxi and Martin
  12. 12. What are we to do?1. Learn to read space urban design theory + frameworks2. Conduct visual research mapping, photo, video, site analysis3. Collaborate across disciplines architecture, urban planners, international developers, technologist4. Practice field work, testing, prototyping5. Share social media, open source platforms
  13. 13. How will we learn?Course StructureSyllabusReadingsAssignmentsTumblr Blog
  14. 14. Visual ResearchMAPPINGDiagramingInfographicsTools:DigitalPhotoVideoOpen-source mapping platformsAnalogFabricInterviewsInstallation
  15. 15. MAPPING is political power. 1. Mapping as Identity Formation 2. Mapping as Border Building 3. Mapping as City Making
  16. 16. What is the urban fabric?a participatory neighborhood fabric map
  17. 17. Google MyMaps Tutorial:
  18. 18. Enclaves, Edges, Pathways of NYC & Beirut
  19. 19. We will embroider parts of NYC & Beirut
  20. 20. Homework Map a node of a local foodshed: 1. Locate a site where food is consumed, produced, sold and visit it. 2. Identify the flows shaping your site (e.g. cultural, economical, spatial, social). Find ways to visually document them and write about them. 3. Take photos that document the specific site condition. Add them to your map. (You can do this in Google MyMaps or in other open-source mapping platform)Image: Liz Kueneke, Barcelona