FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
For a profession where the end user is the essence of the design concept, design execution and its measure of success, architects and psychologists share a surprisingly distant relationship. Building designs are rarely fully psychology-proofed. And even less so when large-scale disparate building projects are developed without a strong relationship between each other and the environment around. This article highlights how urban environments evoke unique behavioural responses as opposed to a single building. How can factors of success be built into large-scale planning? Would criteria applicable decades ago, work for today’s context or are we merely setting ourselves up for another Pruitt-Igoe fiasco?
Read the whole piece here.
Published by CityMetric.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘State of Afghan Cities 2015. Volume 1’
Published by UN-Habitat
Afghanistan has been a hotbed for decades of strife, with human rights violation being a topic of controversy and conflict. Keeping an eye toward the future, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, it’s Ministry of Urban Development Affairs and the Kabul Municipality have joined forces to create a road-map of urbanization for the following decades to come. Key to this report, published by the UN-Habitat, is the focus on promoting equitable growth. A critical obstacle to this envisioned roadmap is in Afghanistan, basic information for urban areas does not exist, is outdated, or not shared. As a result, this report deals with the grassroots of collecting, assimilating, processing and designing with that information. MUDA (Ministry of Urban Development) has been challenged to pro-actively guide the growth of Afghanistan’s cities and harness urbanisation as a driver of development.
Read or download the publication here
VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK
Created by John Moody
A curious exploration of the power of public space, urban design, and finding yourself in a city. In this documentary, a young Australian woman discovers Melbourne’s quirky public spaces through the narration of a designer who helped transform them from a dying wasteland into vibrant places for people. When Central Melbourne experienced decline in the 1980s, a number of residents and businesses moved away to the suburbs. The Cerebral City highlights approaches which revitalized the city’s public spaces, including laneways, streets and gathering spaces, and supported the residential population to grow from 5 people in 1992 to 29,000 in 2014.