ReSpace: Designing with Salvaged Materials

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You may have heard of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores that sell salvaged building materials and fixtures. Some stores even offer deconstruction programs with the ability to disassemble entire houses and save as much re-usable material as possible. But, have you heard of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, North Carolina’s ReSpace design competition? The challenge was to “design a small, unique, and transportable structure with reuse materials at the core, from concept to construction.” The Grand Prize Winning design will be constructed in a 48-hour build by Habitat for Humanity (HfH) volunteers and then sold to benefit the local HfH program. This program has the ability to raise awareness about the beauty of re-use materials and showcase some very creative designs. The top prize went to a minimalist wood structure with one wall made of reclaimed glass bottles that the judges felt could create constantly changing textures and colors…

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Biutiful Barcelona [10-15-minute video research article trailer]

My undergraduate students are busy making iMovie video final projects for a non-traditional literary survey class and I figured I might give it a try (theirs are much better I assure you). I’ve done this as a 10-15-minute video version of the argument I make in a recent article. Maybe it is more like a research article trailer… Anyone else out there making video articles? [It helps that youtube (at least for my account) allows video uploads of up to 15 minutes.]

The article is:

Fraser, B. “A Biutiful City: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Filmic Critique of the ‘Barcelona             model.’” Studies in Hispanic Cinemas 9.1 (2012): 19-34.

New Book – Burkhalter on Popular Music in Beirut


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This book offers the first in-depth study of experimental and popular music scenes in Beirut, looking at musicians working towards a new understanding of musical creativity and music culture in a country that is dominated by mass-mediated pop music, and propaganda. Burkhalter studies the generation of musicians born at the beginning of the Civil War in the Lebanese capital, an urban and cosmopolitan center with a long tradition of cultural activities and exchanges with the Arab world, Europe, the US, and the former Soviet Union. These Lebanese rappers, rockers, death-metal, jazz, and electro-acoustic musicians and free improvisers choose local and transnational forms to express their connection to the broader musical, cultural, social, and political environment.

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The Vortex of Rights: ‘Right to the City’ at a Crossroads

Mehmet Barış Kuymulu

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Vol. 37.3, May, 2013. pp. 923-940.

This article is dedicated to the memory of my dear friend, comrade, and mentor Neil Smith

Abstract

The right to the city concept has recently attracted a great deal of attention from radical theorists and grassroots activists of urban justice, who have embraced the notion as a means to analyze and challenge neoliberal urbanism. It has, moreover, drawn considerable attention from United Nations (UN) agencies, which have organized meetings and outlined policies to absorb the notion into their own political agendas. This wide-ranging interest has created a conceptual vortex, pulling together discordant political projects behind the banner of the right to the city. This article analyzes such projects by reframing the right to the city concept to foreground its roots in Marxian labor theory of value. It argues that Lefebvre’s formulation of the right to the…

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Call for Submissions: History and future of high-rise buildings

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From the New York Times:

This summer, the New York Times opinion department will present a special interactive project about high-rise buildings within its Op-Docs series. It will be centered on four short documentaries directed by the filmmaker Katerina Cizek and produced by the National Film Board of Canada in collaboration with The Times.

The project explores the history and future of high-rise buildings and their relationship to issues of equity, segregation and social responsibility in cities around the world. While the first three documentaries will draw on The Times’s extensive photography archive, the fourth film in the project will consist solely of images submitted by the public.

We’re inviting you to contribute a photograph that illustrates your experience of living in or around high-rise buildings.

By “high-rise” we mean any kind of vertical housing, including mass housing complexes, with many floors. Your photo could be a shot – a scanned…

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‘At Home I’m A Tourist’ Collection by Selim Varol @ Contemporary Art Center of Malaga (Spain)

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Get excited if you’re in Spain at the moment as Turkish-born German collector Selim Varol has taken his impressive collection to the Contemporary Art Center of Malaga. Traveling from Dusseldorf (covered) to Malaga, At Home I’m A Tourist is a massive exhibition of over 15,000 works highlighting many of the artists featured on AM regularly including Banksy, KAWS, ZEVS, Shepard Fairey, Audrey Kawasaki, FUTURA, JR, Josh Keyes, and Faile to name just a few. If you’re fortunate enough to be in Spain in the next few months be sure to stop by as this show which will be on view until June 16th.

Images courtesy of Nils Müller

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