Paper sculpture maps reveal the history of cities

The future is fast approaching

The Atlantic Cities takes a pictorial stroll through Matthew Picton’s paper sculptures of cities, combining their streetmaps and their history in a way that quickly conveys geolocated information about major events.  The Atlantic’s Mark Byrnes says:

“In his series “Paper Sculptures,” Picton creates hand-cut and folded paper 3D street grids. He also incorporates art, text, or even special paper to evoke something specific about the city (often, a historical event or time period). So, for example, Picton’s London “Great Fire” of 1666 map depicts burned illustrations of 17th century street life. In the case of Las Vegas, Picton uses neon green paper decorated solely by the words from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

While these are primarily positioned as art, and deservedly so, I like the concise and subtle information design, communicating the damage done by the French invasion of Moscow or…

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Housing the Remnants of Capitalism.



“The third world is not a reality, but an ideology.”
― Hannah Arendt

A few days ago we found the project let’s talk about garbage through a tweet by @alucidwake and immediately two things catched-up our attention, the renders of such a big slum project and the quote “the land (and people living there) has been put up for sale by the city authorities.” The people has been put for sale?

We have been writing recently about capitalism and his close and deep relationship with architecture, and this project is a clear example of this fact. Dharavi is one of the largest slums in the world, with an estimated population between 600,000 and over 1 million people. This land, according to the architects’ research, is worth over 2.3 billion dollars, because the slum generates profits worth 500 million dollars, supplying the whole of Mumbai with necessary products and goods…

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Instauratio Urbis: Urban Artefacts & Latent Form

Aldo Rossi’s seminal text “The Architecture of the City” presents an understanding of the city as a complex man-made object. The physical form of the city records the achievements of its many creators and contributors throughout its history. Individual “objects and places” within the city are considered artefacts in themselves, and while experienced in the present, their form and image is connected to the time in which they were created. Rossi therefore concludes that the past is partly being experienced in the present.
Considering the entire city as an artefact, the individual buildings and fragments within it can themselves be considered as constituting parts of a whole. For Rossi these “urban artefacts” may be buildings, public spaces, streets or anything which contributes to the image and form of the city. Rossi differentiates his understanding of urban artefacts from the general built fabric of the city, as the fragments with a…

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PhD scholarships – Institute for Culture and Society (UWS)

Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN)

University of Western SydneyThe Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney has announced that applications for PhD scholarships are now opened.

The ICS is especially interested in PhD proposals in the following areas:

  • Cities and Urban Cultures
  • Intercultural Dialogue and Transnational Culture
  • Institutions, Governance and Citizenship
  • Cultural Economy and Globalisation
  • Heritage, Environment and Society
  • Digital Research and Cultural Transformation
  • Australian Cultural Fields
  • Culture and Education

Candidates with backgrounds in cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, human geography, cultural history, media and communication studies, Asian studies and other disciplines are encouraged to apply. Applications from international candidates are particularly welcome. See here to find out more research undertaken at ICS.

For more information on essential criteria, funding opportunities and the application process, please refer to the attached PDF.

Applications close 22 September, 2013.

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