Bordering the brilliant and the insane: running for governor of California and proposing to ban all convicted pedophiles to a self-sustaining island. Plus –  attempting to make it sound more feasible by including a detailed plan of how to do this, too. Only in California.

Wouter Vanstiphout is lecturing at the faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology – scroll five posts down for more information! April 21 at 17h – TUDelft Room S “The (re)design of New Towns in recent years, 1970-present”

Vrijdag 9 april om 16.00 uur zal bij de landelijke opening van de Maand van de Filosofie in boekhandel Donner te Rotterdam de boekpresentatie plaatsvinden van ‘Het politieke dier. De ontdekking van een soort’, met bijdragen van Midas Dekkers, Luuk van Middelaar, Josine Blok, Piet Gerbrandy, Frank Ankersmit, Bas Heijne, Wouter Vanstiphout en Aristoteles. Bij deze gelegenheid zal Hubert Smeets, redacteur van NRC Handelsblad, een gesprek voeren met Luuk van Middelaar, met zijn ‘Passage naar Europa’ gedoodverfd kandidaat voor de Socrates Wisselbeker 2010, en met Ruben Oppenheimer, politiek cartoonist van de NRC die de tekening maakte voor het omslag. De… Read More

Wouter Vanstiphout is lecturing at the faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology tonight – see three posts down for more information! March 31st 2010, 19:00, Zaal F, Wouter Vanstiphout: “From the (second generation) English New Towns to Team X, 1945-1970″

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:

Lecture series: ‘New Towns on the Frontier of Geopolitics’

As part of a collaborative lecture series for master students organized by the International New Town Institute (INTI), the Graduate School for the Social Sciences (UvA) and the Delft University of Technology, Wouter Vanstiphout will give two lectures at the faculty of Architecture in Delft: March 31 at 19h – TUDelft Room F (update March 30th: location changed form Room S to F!) “From the (second generation) English New Towns to Team X, 1945-1970” April 21 at 17h – TUDelft Room S “The (re)design of New Towns in recent years, 1970-present” Although part of a course, everybody is welcome to… Read More

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