I'll be traveling to the West Coast for work this week. Any ideas on things to do in Portland and LA? Skin + Bones at MoCA is already on my agenda.

A couple of things to check out: the latest on a small NY public space on This Place Is... and I snapped this shot of the Gehry building at night during the snow last week. It's got nothing to do with public space per se, but I like the building - at least the upper stories. I have to go check it out on the ground floor. It was bit of subdued brightness on this little dirty stretch of 10th Ave; and that made me like it.


Art-itechture in public space

I was fascinated to discover the awareness of temporality and the public realm in this Boston Globe interview with Elizabeth Diller, of Diller + Scofidio. In the world of community-oriented development, D+S have a notorious reputation of being star architects: egoists who seek out object building as an end. While Ms. Diller does not espouse community involvement, she talked a lot about experimenting with space, particularly public space, and the desire to continue working in the public realm, on any scale. What do you think?


Found art

Found Streetsy and Banksy and UrbanCurators and New Life to Boarded Up Homes.

Pretty cozy for this snowy day.


Nominations for the Jane Jacobs Medal

"The creation of a Jane Jacobs Medal to honor the activist, author and urbanist was announced today by the Rockefeller Foundation. Awarded annually, Jane Jacobs Medals will recognize two living individuals whose creative vision for the urban environment has significantly contributed to the vibrancy and variety of New York City. The 2007 Jane Jacobs Medal will be administered by the Municipal Art Society (MAS)."

Full details
Nomination form

Nominations due March 2 2007!


Who doesn't love a pillow fight in public...LEED for neighborhoods...exploring branding exactly where you expect to see it, at Logo Cities...the particular success of second story retail...Moses, Moses, Moses...and ah, the days when starchitecture was a glint in one's eye.

UPDATE: and one more, a sewing cafe lives in Berlin, via Springwise.


Story of a Street Corner

A little something Jon sent along, by Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka is called the Walt Disney of Japan. He produced this animation in 1962 with his own money. This is called Story of a Street Corner.


Backyard at twilight

Sustainability and corporations

Old news? It's reached the establishment via IHT.