DH@Madrid Summer School, last call!

Originally posted on Text Encoding Initiative Newsfeed:

Dear colleagues,
This is the last call to announce the DH@Madrid Summer School, which will take place next week at UNED in Madrid. The course can be followed in person or online with videos and online materials available till 7th july. Discounts are available for members of DH associations and also Friends of Museums. Great prices for students are offered too.
If you are interested in Digital Humanities and want to know more about its main topics and trends, this is your course! Last seats available!
More info available at: www.uned.es/dhmadridsummerschool
Best regards,
Elena González-Blanco
Director of DH@Madrid Summer School
Academic Director of LINHD (Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digltales de la UNED) http://linhd.uned.es

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Renzo Piano, constrained

Originally posted on Architecture Here and There:

New work by Renzo Piano in Paris. (Foundation Jerome Seydoux/Pathe)

New work by Renzo Piano in Paris. (Foundation Jerome Seydoux/Pathe)

A friend sent me from HuffPost this image of a new “building” in Paris by starchitect Renzo Piano (what a name!), sure that it would raise my dander sky high. But while the structure certainly confirms the stupidity of modern architecture, as if any such confirmation were needed by now, it has gracefully penned itself in the center of the block, and cannot be seen much by passersby. It does not disrupt the street, and yet through the front portico you can get a hint of its monstrosity yearning to escape – maybe generating a sigh of relief or two, perhaps even some pity. I’d say that if all modernism were equally constrained, or equally modest in its aspiration to destroy beautiful city settings, then modernism would not have raised the worldwide uproar it has. (Huh? … Only kidding.)

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FABLES: A Public Art Project Launch

Originally posted on Levan Mindiashvili:

Levan Mindiashvili_FABLES

a public art project
April-August 2014

Opening Reception
13 E 1st Street
Monday, June 9 @ 5:30-7:30PM
To celebrate the launch of our five FABLES artists/teams and sites, we invite you to join us at L’Apicio on Monday, June 9th from 5:30-7:30PM. L’Apicio will be providing $5 cocktails and our Director of Public Art, Keith Schweitzer, will be offering tours of the sites featuring the work of Lexi Bella, Tamara Gayer, Theresa Loong & Laura Nova, Levan Mindiashvili, Miguel Trelles & Juan Fernando Morales-Nazario.

On Monday, June 9th, FABnyc will celebrate the successful installation and opening of five visual art projects through their FABLES public art program with the artists, partners, and public. After an open call for work, FABLES presents five artists/teams who created public art works that explore the Lower East Side’s living cultural heritage, rich historical legacies, and current issues in public storytelling through visual art.

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Urban Collages in São Paulo in Curious Quarterly, the Royal BC Museum online journal

Originally posted on Leonardo Cardoso:

ImageJack Lohman, CEO of the Royal BC Museum in Victoria (Canada), used one of my sound collages in his online article on Museums and Memory. The article references the language museum in Sao Paulo and the role of intangible heritage – including the sounds of people and the city.

Click here to read/hear Lohman’s article.

Curious Quarterly Web Site

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Documentary on Grandview-Woodland Planning Process

Originally posted on the city:

Simon Fraser University student John Nguyen recently produced this timely documentary – Grand View – on the east Vancouver Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood planning process. The film provides a variety of perspectives on the process and opposition. The City‘s host and producer Andy Longhurst is featured in the documentary. You can find The City‘s special radio documentary on the topic here.

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Book Review: Michael Sorkin’s “All Over the Map”

Originally posted on Redrawing the New York-Comics Relationship:

Architectural critic Michael Sorkin‘s All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities is a collection of writings from the period 2000-2010. Most of the pieces have appeared in print elsewhere earlier, particularly in the Architectural Record. But for those of us who do not subscribe to that publication, this Verso edition is not far short of a godsend. The book is at times rip-roaringly funny, at other times abysmally saddening, often acerbically pointed (not fully Menckenesque, but it definitely packs a punch), and, in general, lucidly critical.

While the book is never boring (ok, perhaps on an extremely rare occasion or two, when Sorkin ventures into purely inter-architectural territory), perhaps the most interesting thread is the one dealing with the events of September 11, 2001. All Over the Map reprints columns and articles that give excellent and accessible record of the immediate aftermath of the attack on…

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new MLA Forums – incl. Geography and Literature

If you are an MLA member, think about supporting the creation of the new Forum on Geography and Literature (this is a competitive process — you can vote for five new forums, the top ones will be created for 2016, you only have until June 15 to vote).

Just click here to go to the MLA Commons site, you will have to ‘join’. Then click on ‘petition thread’ which brings you here, where you merely enter your name as I have done.

Think too about petitioning for the Global Hispanophone group, which is here.

Notes on Architecture and Cultural Production

Originally posted on The Architecture of Analogy:

Montage of Rossi (1976) La città analoga; and Serlio (1545) Scena Tragica. On the left, Rossi places a standing figure into the city making clear that the city is the result of human labour, both manual and mental. On the right, Serlio emphasises the street as a public space defined by a wall of buildings.

Montage of Rossi (1976) La città analoga; and Serlio (1545) Scena Tragica.
On the left, Rossi places a standing figure into the city making clear that the city is the result of human labour, both manual and mental. On the right, Serlio emphasises the street as a public space defined by a wall of buildings.

While it is clear that architecture is not autonomous from culture, it is possible to understand architecture as autonomous in relation to culture because architecture is a discipline with its own rules, values, formal and conceptual principles which are put forward in theories, drawings, built and unbuilt examples. Yet architecture gives concrete form to culture and came into being with the first traces of the city. Architecture is rooted in the formation of culture and civilisation so that the history of architecture, which is the city, is also the history of culture. Architecture, culture and…

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Call for urban proposals in latinamerica by Citycamp

Originally posted on Disconnected Landscapes:

Until June 10, you can send the papers with urban proposals for an annual publication that will group projects in the Latin American context.

CityCamp is a public participation event , which brings together stakeholders from the public, civil and private to seek solutions to urban problems and develop new projects sectors. The first meeting of this kind was made in 2010 in the United States and has since performed in cities around the world, including Santiago since 2013 .

One of the objectives is to disseminate CityCamp new ideas to implement in cities and so opened the call for proposals in Latin American urban group an annual publication. The papers to be sent should correspond to the categories “Local Governance and innovative public policies “, ” Cartography and new urban technologies “, ” metropolitan Experiences “, ” Urban Ecology ” and ” collaborative commons and Culture.”

Proposals should be…

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