Listening to a podcast about Robert Moses and his (unrealised) highway plans for New York where the point is made that traffic density will always increase to fill the available space, no matter how much additional space you build. The point being that bending to the particular demands of a given time isn’t necessarily the best way to approach urban planning.
Thinking, what might this say about the push for development and higher density in the centre of Sydney?
One of the more thoughtful articles on shifts in the culture of the Cross, how and why this is happening, and what it means for the local area.
International Congress on Adaptive Urbanism, Christchurch, New Zealand, 23-24 October 2014
On the dark side of art and urban regeneration, or the ‘window dressing’ formula
I’ll be curious to see how the Renew model translates into the Kings Cross environment - particularly how much the scheme will cater to these differences, and what kinds of artists and projects will be involved (or won’t be).
A nice article on visual art performance versus contemporary performance, which manages to articulate things that I feel like I’ve been trying to put my finger on for a while. Via Justine Shih Pearson.
Disturbing news about the City of Sydney council elections, with a spicier opinion piece here
This week we examine the legacy of The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproducibility by Walter Benjamin. Media Theorist and Benjamin scholar (and translator) Thomas Levin explains why this essay resonates today and what Benjamin has to tell us about the utopian power of new media. Also Russell Meyer tells us about the Wu-Tang clan’s plan to release a sole copy of their new album and why he has turned to Kickstarter so he can buy it and release it to the world. And your host shares an imaginary story about Hitler and Goebbels encountering Benjamin’s essay during their final days in the bunker.