Short-form article on Shepard Fairey’s recent iinstallations in Charleston SC (2014) to be published in issue 1.3 of Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (written by Charleston-based geographer Mark Long). Keep an eye out…
GIS Data can be a powerful tool when analyses are formed from series of maps. For instance, studying rental vs ownership status against the density of the city and different racial groups, it is clear that there are less open spaces in the most heavily renter occupied parts of the city and these areas are have more variety of ethnicities than anywhere else in the city. When this conclusion is compared with say income status, or age, or occupation, it may be possible to form hypotheses to understand how and why this is the current situation, and what its implications may be. How can the manipulation of mapping be used to better understand urban phenomena and draw conclusions from large data sets? How can color, 3d, transparencies, and layering of different maps more clearly exploit their inferences?
>>Survey and Empirical Observation
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Cambridge is not, on the whole, a city which respects context.
When in the late 1950s Queens’ College required a new building to house graduate and undergraduate students, it commissioned, not a building in keeping with the medieval, Jacobean and Victorian courts which surrounded it, but a building designed by Basil Spence in the new Brutalist style, named after one the college’s great alumni, Erasmus of Rotterdam.
The Erasmus Building stands now on the backs between the Mathematical Bridge and King’s College Chapel, to the puzzlement of punters and the delight of architectural aficionados – for what the building demonstrates is that Cambridge University, to repeat, is not in thrall to the tyranny of context. It does not, on the whole, erect buildings in supposed keeping with the architecture that surrounds it.
None of this is to say that all architecture which disrespects context is excellent: many architectural developments…
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