If you ever feel misunderstood by a brother from the west or east side then maybe this will help.

On Sunday, June 20, 1943, on Belle Isle, an island in the Detroit River an argument between a white and a black man turned into a fist fight and finally erupted into a full blown riot. Thirty hours later, 25 black and 9 white people had been killed. In order to prevent such violence from happening again, a study into cause and preventive factors was conducted by Earl Brown of the Public Affairs Committee, a non profit educational organization. Here a pictogram from his book ‘Why Race Riots? : Lessons from Detroit’ on how to lessen racial tension. 23 years… Read More

You too can have your own state or nation! A Micronation that could appear in the Lonely Planet Guide. According to the Montevideo Convention (1933) the criteria for statehood is: The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined territory; (c) government; and (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states. Any entity that meets these criteria can be regarded as a sovereign state under international law. The Principality of Sealand, next to the south-east coast of the UK, claims to be a independent sovereign state. Constructed… Read More

Edible Estates: ‘Attack on the Front Lawn’ is a project by Fritz Haeg. In this ongoing initiative unused spaces and domestic front lawns are transformed into edible gardens. Each garden is designed to fit its owners needs and desires, the geographical climate as well as its community and history. Currently there are eight gardens across the US and the UK. Click image to watch video:

Essay

“Restoring architecture and urban planning to a position where they can have a real and positive impact on society, may demand destroying the mythology of the architect as a visionary.” This quote is an excerpt from the essay ‘Maakbaarheid – Reinventing the Urban Project in Rotterdam’. The essay was written by Crimson (Wouter Vanstiphout and Michelle Provoost) and appears in the ‘Open City’ Biennale Rotterdam (IABR 2009/2010) catalogue. Download the essay here: Maakbaarheid – Reinventing the Urban Project in Rotterdam

Downsizing Detroit

In late March a star urban planner named Toni Griffin will begin (…) the most ambitious urban makeover in American history — the downsizing of Detroit. More > Meanwhile young entrepreneurs (35 and under) are creating local business opportunities and are trying to make the community more livable, according to independent foreign movie house owner Nathan Faustyn. More > Click on the image to watch the video:

New Towns & Politics – Call for Papers!

The ultimate political act in town planning is the building of a New Town. Or is the idea to build a New Town from scratch just proof of a fatal misunderstanding of what makes a city a city? New Towns have also become one of societies biggest political challenges. Shouldn’t we recognize that the planning and building of a New Town is but the first small step in the development of an urban community, and that the real work starts once the politicians and planners have done their job? (excerpt of New Towns & Politics call for papers description) In… Read More