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market hybrid

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Here is a market in Rotterdam by the architects MVRDV.  It mixes where you live with where you buy fresh produce.  That sounds logical enough:  everyone knows and always has – even through the centuries – that your house should be near your green grocer.  That way you can walk and get your veggies.

Come to think of it, there have been a couple of dark moments in history when planners and developers and designers thought that markets and houses should be kept separate and convinced literally everybody that that was a good idea.  I hope we’re past those moments; they weren’t that long ago.  This market is the the happy manifesto for reintegration.


Written by Peter Rudd

January 4, 2010 at 12:08 am

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sarah mckenzie

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[crane, 2007, oil on canvas|aerial #69, 2004, oil on canvas]

Sarah McKenzie’s paintings of wood frame houses, cul de sacs and suburban developments.  They seem to merely document, but we’re too literate for that, with all the talk of sustainable life.  By her own admission they show more than beauty:  hints of distopia.

From her website –

At this point, my work is only minimally about suburbia. Tract homes and strip malls provide the fodder for the paintings and help to place them in a specific cultural moment in time, but the work is ultimately about paint and the nature of pictures. To the extent that my paintings still comment on suburbia, it is through the moments of visual rupture described above, which may be interpreted as revealing cracks in the suburban American dream.

Written by Peter Rudd

April 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

floating new orleans

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I want to live in a sugarcube in the sea!! 

Beside the beauty of this image, here, finally, is a big view of the solution to the problem of New Orleans.  No half measures here.  However, I’d like to see how these floating pods come together.  I want to know how, if I need an extra egg for a cake half mixed, how I get to the neighbors.

Harvard Graduate School of Design students Kiduck Kim and Christian Stayner have made a Floating City that will “rise safely in an Archimedean liquid landscape.”

Written by Peter Rudd

March 19, 2009 at 11:35 pm

the places we live

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The Places We Live, from Magnum Photos, is a beautiful collection of images, street sounds and narratives from some of the world’s slums, including Caracas, Kibera in Nairobi, Dharavi in Mumbai and Jakarta.

From the website:

For the first time in history, there are more people living in cities than in urban areas.  Urban slums are the world’s fastest growing human habitat. 

Written by Peter Rudd

March 4, 2009 at 11:08 pm