Category urban edge

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A Megacity, with a Big Wet Hole in the Middle

["The West Contra Costa County Landfill in North Richmond (above) is one of the largest and oldest continuously active landfills on the Bay. It ceased accepting municipal waste in 2006, although it still serves as a compost and waste processing site and as a transfer station for shipping regional trash farther inland (currently to the […]

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Buoy Wave Park

[Section and model rendering of the pv150 PowerBuoy, by Ocean Power Technologies] The U.S.’s first federally approved commercial wave energy infrastructure is readying for deployment off the coast of Oregon.  In an ocean array 2 miles from shore, each energy producing buoy will measure 150 feet tall by 40 feet wide, and weigh 200 tons: As interesting […]

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Non Urbanism

[View from the Econo Lodge balcony, just off I-5, Ashland OR] “If you go into the hardcore urban or the hardcore rural, it is quite simple to define it, but that is not so relevant.  It is more significant to talk about the condition in between.  And this condition is extremely difficult to define.”  – […]

Quick Displacements

“National Guard filling Tiger Tubes” “Tiger Dams emergency flood control equipment is typically shipped in 50 foot sections sealed in 55 gallon plastic containers. Tubes are 50 feet in length when they are filled (54 feet when empty) and the tubes are 19 inches in height. Larger lengths rolled on spools may be provided. Each […]

Island in the Infrastream

Wanted to briefly mention that we will be co-teaching a design studio in Portland this summer that is open to students from other design schools.   Here’s a brief introduction: Hayden Island (above) occupies a key location at Portland’s northern edge.  Situated in the Columbia River near the confluence with the Willamette, the island is […]

Appropriating the Medieval (#2) – SBInet Infrastructure Falters

Yesterday’s news reports announced that The Department of Homeland Security is halting construction and funding for the SBInet surveillance project along the U.S./Mexico border, thus diverting $50 million in funds to unspecified projects….“a likely death knell for a troubled five-year plan to drape a chain of tower-mounted sensors and other surveillance gear across most of […]

Spontaneous Communities and Incremental Housing

“…social and cultural bonds can breathe life into dead spaces regardless of how mean or inhospitable they are. But it also tells how physical form endures, and is hard to retrofit once constructed. Innovative means of transforming the physical fabric of these fragmented landscapes must be invented”  -Susan Rogers Some interesting posts: Susan Roger’s piece […]

Text as Metropolis: Everything Must Move (2)

A follow-up to the previous discussion of the ‘clusters’ of Everything Must Move: Luke Bulman of Thumb kindly forwarded me the above diagram, which served as the organizational framework for the unidentified clusters of the book Everything Must Move.  The stops along the blue path correlate to the chronology of clusters of the book, thus […]

Vacancy in Youngstown

As a counterpoint to F.A.D.’s previous post on Portland’s planned expansion… To assess the degree of urban shrinkage in Youngstown Ohio, The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative just completed a city-wide vacancy survey of  all 62,000 parcels in the city: Legend:  magenta = vacant lots, blue-to-cyan = vacant structures.  (click image for larger view) “…43.7 percent […]

Portland Planned: Inside and Out

“In the end, we are going to piss off just about everyone. And I have to say that, if that’s the result, I think we’ll have done more or less the right thing.” —Jeff Cogen, county commissioner “You could call the goal of Oregon’s land-use laws “slow sprawl.” Growth is allowed, here and there, every […]

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