For the conceivable future, Muessig’s vision remains “conceptual” and is not likely to be implemented. The site at Buffalo Bayou and downtown is already undergoing a major transformation to increase walking and cycling access. Nonetheless, veloCity shines light on how much space the Space City actually has to work with, as well as the potential of cyclists to redefine the city. It begs the question of whether culture will influence infrastructure in Houston’s future, or vice versa. “I see my project as a vehicle to encourage individual initiative,” Muessig says.
His project takes the navigational potential of the bicycle as its starting point, underscoring that even without their own freeway, cyclists can transgress the urban grid and chart new courses across the city’s diagonals and blank spaces. If enough continue to do so, perhaps Muessig’s vision will one day come to pass in some form.
(via An Infrastructure for Cruisers, Racers, Mountain Bikers, Commuters, and BMX Tricksters: Peter Muessig’s veloCity | Offcite Blog)
New Orleanians probably don’t know what a Falstaff beer tastes like, but they know where it was once made. For 60 years, an iconic, 11-story Falstaff sign has topped the brewer’s one-time home in the Mid-City area. Now, three decades after Falstaff shuttered its New Orleans operation, the former brewery has helped turn around its depleted surroundings in its new role as residences.
(via Historic New Orleans Brewery Hopping Again as Apartments - Past Lives - Curbed National)
@j_carlson taking the final shots for #walltowallsav | Thank you @converse & @juxtapozmag | #savannah #109mlk
In his free time, linguist Rick Aschmann collected a treasure trove of information on the English dialects of North America on his website, North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns. The centerpiece of the site is a hugely detailed interactive dialect map of North America. The map is linked to a huge collection of audio samples of local dialects.
(via Interactive Map of North American English Dialects)
[Image: “One hundred men worked to raise the church, one-half inch at a time, for 35 days. Once the correct height was reached, a new concrete foundation was poured.” Image courtesy of the Galveston County Museum, Galveston, Texas, via Science Friday].
Following the catastrophic hurricane of 1900, the city of Galveston, Texas, was vertically raised up to 17 feet from its original ground level using “hand-cranked janks and mules,” NPR’s Science Friday explained last week.
In order to “protect itself from future storms,” Dwayne Jones of the Galveston Historical Foundation told the radio program, the city set about constructing a defensive seawall. “And the city began to be raised behind it,” he adds, “so everything was lifted up… Houses, out-houses, sidewalks, fences—everything was raised.”
(via BLDGBLOG: On the Rise)
From IBM, a new patent to utilize GPS information to predict traffic before it develops.
Patent no. 8150611. 2012.
Predictive traffic analysis.
By combining real-time traffic data with predictive route analysis, this patented GPS innovation can now steer you away from traffic trouble spots before they develop, as well as more accurately estimate your drive time. And that’s good, because who really likes coming home to a cold, lonely supper anyway?
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While we are on the subject of disappearing tree cover, we wanted to draw your attention to this article from The Washington Post correlating tree cover to income disparity. The difference inside the District is stark, with households that have a median income of $205,750 enjoying an 81…
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New York and New Jersey have a first world problem: The Bayonne Bridge, which connects the two states, will soon block the entrance to the largest seaport on the East Coast, the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal. In other words, New York City and its surrounding region have too much infrastructure, and the older infrastructure is starting to interfere with the newer infrastructure, forcing a public evaluation of priorities.
New York-based artist Adam Ryder wheedles at these contradictions in his most recent projects Areth: An Architectural Atlas and Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey. Each are presented as real documentary works (or in Ryder’s words, “formal-rational investigations”) of fictional worlds.
“Photography’s co-option by empirical systems is definitely of interest to me,” says Ryder. “I’m trying to use photography to recontextualize the built environment. The ability to reframe and give new meaning to things is photography’s best attribute as a medium.”
For his Areth project, Ryder, who’s always had a keen interest in sci-fi movies and novels, relocates existing earthly structures in a fictional world. He first made photographs for it by traveling across the United States and then publishing an “expedition” report. By contrast, for Survey, Ryder scanned antique photographs from the Library Of Congress and manipulated them to create an archive of a time and place that never existed, but isn’t entirely implausible either.
(via Sci-Fi Structures Found on Earth Get Transported to Alien World | Raw File | Wired.com)