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What does WeWork’s architectural automation say about the state of architectural design and the way we all work? “if we look at contemporary patterns of employment, jobs within production have been largely automated while entire new sectors of professional, managerial, clerical, sales, and service workers have expanded resulting in a self-perpetuating system that exists purely to produce more pointless layers of bureaucracy filled with more bullshit jobs”
"The ubiquitous black globes of cameras in the ceiling are a reminder that this is also a school designed with the unthinkable in mind. The glass in the double row of doors is bulletproof, a feature that costs 10 times what normal glass does. Each classroom door is propped open ...Read More
Good article on the hollow promises of the corporate smart city by Kevin Rogan. "The smart city isn’t a technological utopia, or an environmental lifeboat. It’s a few PowerPoint slides in a conference room demonstrating that there’s money to be made. And it’s coming to you soon."
With Rikers’ positioned for closure, Manhattan debates the 45-story prison tower proposed to replace the Tombs. The prison system’s corruption aside, it’s interesting to consider the visibility this move would bring to the city’s practice of incarceration.
There is something interesting in this media coverage/controversy about the development of The Hudson Yards, in NYC. Its a good article with interesting parallels! But a bit of a miss in my opinion because there were never any mom'n-pop shops, or actually anything of the sort in The Hudson Yards, ...Read More
Astonishing view on this soon-to-become new museum of architecture, reminiscent of Dubaï or Abu Dhabi, a cynical and distopian move. But what a beautiful article, read it on your largest screen
"The Union Station Metro stop was dark as a cave, its high concrete arch coated in years’ worth of grime. To Metro officials, it must have seemed like a no-brainer to break out white paint and rollers and give the dingy concrete a going-over."