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Kurt Kohlstedt | AIA NYC | Postcard Identities & Esoteric Landmarks


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Presentation by Kurt Kohlstedt, Founder & Executive Editor of WebUrbanist, given at the Center for Architecture in New York City, hosted by the American Institute of Architects as part of the Global Dialogues series (June 19th, 2014)

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Kurt Kohlstedt | AIA NYC | Postcard Identities & Esoteric Landmarks

  1. 1. Kurt Kohlstedt | WebUrbanist Postcard Identities | Esoteric Landmarks
  2. 2. Iconic Images In the age of social media and information, what are the iconic images of a city and its buildings?
  3. 3. Iconic / Classic Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Pen Drawing by Michael Levi, 2012)
  4. 4. Iconoclastic? Subjective, interactive, personalized, mundane – ‘selfie’ shot on top of the iconic statue in Rio (Lee Thomson, 2014)
  5. 5. Icon Creation Favela Painting in Rio leverages crowdfunding, community participation and media virality to create iconic identity (Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn, 2010)
  6. 6. Collective Imagery Does the propagation of architectural imagery, the collective image of a place affect the conceptualization of a building and play a role in urban planning?
  7. 7. Go Ogle 100-image photographic ‘average’ of Google Image searches for ‘Giza Pyramid’ and ‘Leaning Tower Pisa’ via BldgBlog (Megan Gould, 2005)
  8. 8. Photosynth Composite landmark images crowdsourced from Flickr (Microsoft Live Labs, 2007)
  9. 9. Hyperlapses Iconic Transamerica and Sutro towers time lapse – replicable using stabilized Google Street View images (Kevin Parry, 2012)
  10. 10. Cinemagraph s Iconic architectural façades extrapolated and animated (Axel de Stampa, 2014)
  11. 11. Esoteric Landmarks What are the esoteric or iconic landmarks of our times?
  12. 12. Airmail Arrows Abandoned 1920s land markers with beacons guided cross- country flights at night, now visible on Google Maps
  13. 13. Memorial WC Insider landmark for Foursquare users commemorates the indiscretions of a politician
  14. 14. DIY Landmarking Input a query, receive directions and distance or passively stream real-time API data (Breakfast, 2013)
  15. 15. Social Travel Journals How has the architectural travel journal evolved through the use of social media to record our findings, explorations and experiences?
  16. 16. Gamescapes Street photography using in- game cell phones in virtual San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto V (Fernando Pereira Gomes, 2014)
  17. 17. Stereography Spherical timelapse panoramic video recorded in 3D using six GoPro cameras, shared on Vimeo (Jonas Ginter, 2014)
  18. 18. Remote Tourism Google Street View employee sent to 3D-map the entire island of Gunkanjima, Japan (2014) See also: Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong, the Tower of David, Caracas & Garbage City, Cairo
  19. 19. Analogized Mapping online iconography back onto physical reality: Map (Aram Bartholl, 2007) Real Life Instagram (Bruno Ribeiro, 2013) Not Available on the App Store (Hyper Island Students, 2014)
  20. 20. Civic Identity & Planning Has the civic identity of a city, its planning and its architecture evolved through the changing lens?
  21. 21. Sneckdowns Snowy neckdown blog posts and videos inspire curb expansion in University City District, Philadelphia (2011)
  22. 22. Rainbow Stairs Huseyin Cetinel paints steps, sparks social reaction on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram in Istanbul, Turkey (2013)
  23. 23. High Lines Chicago and Los Angeles both working on elevated greenway systems akin to The High Line: LA River Greenway and Bloomingdale Trail (Ongoing)
  24. 24. Kurt Kohlstedt Summary & Links on