Letters From Here

Oct 01

A Guide to Legal Loitering - CityLab -

In fact, a large number of towns and cities have laws and ordinances on the books preventing teenagers (and others) from loitering under certain conditions. “The facts are so local that it’s extremely difficult to generalize about loitering laws,” says Lawrence Rosenthal, who teaches constitutional law at the Fowler School of Law and who has argued loitering cases before the Supreme Court. But as a harmless-enough loiterer, there are steps you can take to make sure you’re hanging out inside the bounds of the law. Here’s a handy list:

(via Postcards From The Future Show What London Will Look Like After Climate Change | Co.Exist | ideas impact)

(via Postcards From The Future Show What London Will Look Like After Climate Change | Co.Exist | ideas impact)

Sep 30

(via Fictional Collaborations Between Artists and Architects)

(via Fictional Collaborations Between Artists and Architects)

A Tale of Two Ways to Hate Cities - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society -

But Conn’s deepest blindness is to America’s most pervasively anti-urban policies of the last several decades: local zoning codes that impose height restrictions on new building, or tangle new construction in red tape, forcing builders to abandon plans to build up, and instead build out.

The result is suburban sprawl. In fact, apart from one line in his afterword, where Conn urges Americans to ease land-use regulations that forbid density and require developers to build parking lots, he portrays zoning—in the rare instances that he mentions it—in a wholly pro-urban light.

It’s telling that Conn picks only charmless, unsympathetic examples of anti-zoning activists: “residents in gated communities” in the Sunbelt; an anti-Semitic, anti-zoning crusader in Houston; and “property-rights advocates” who, in the 1960s and ’70s, fought stricter zoning laws across the country.

Sep 29

(via The Stark Beauty Of The World’s Tallest Unoccupied Buildings)

(via The Stark Beauty Of The World’s Tallest Unoccupied Buildings)

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Sep 14

Berlin gallery Decad has just opened its new permanent space, with a show called Work In Public. Excitingly, the Hypothetical Development Organization is represented in this show — along with the likes of Aram Bartholl and (whoa) Vito Acconci, among others. Very cool!  Decad’s permanent space opens in Berlin with the group exhibition 

| 11 September – 26 October | WORK IN PUBLIC Group Exhibition Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 19 h | 25 & 26 October | WORK IN PUBLIC Two-Day Symposium 12 – 17 h | November | WORK IN PUBLIC Catalogue Release

(via Calendar - Decad)

Berlin gallery Decad has just opened its new permanent space, with a show called Work In Public. Excitingly, the Hypothetical Development Organization is represented in this show — along with the likes of Aram Bartholl and (whoa) Vito Acconci, among others. Very cool!
Decad’s permanent space opens in Berlin with the group exhibition

| 11 September – 26 October |
WORK IN PUBLIC
Group Exhibition
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 19 h

| 25 & 26 October |
WORK IN PUBLIC
Two-Day Symposium
12 – 17 h

| November |
WORK IN PUBLIC
Catalogue Release

(via Calendar - Decad)

Sep 12

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Sep 03

Invisible Cities - Soundproof - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) -

Invisible Cities takes its inspiration from Italo Calvino’s novel of the same name. Originally produced by Eleanor McDowall for BBC Radio 3’s Between the Ears, this documentary features contributions from writers, urban explorers and mapmakers, and invites us to eavesdrop on the hidden, fantastical and surreal stories caught between the cracks of the modern city.