Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thirsty Thursday Links

Esta noche, I'll be riding a bicycle to happy town on Fat Tires, if ya catch my drift, replete with baseball cards in the spoke, penant flapping in the breaze and an a-wooooo-ga horn to warn of impending disaster.

Onto the news:

David Brussat, Architectural Critic for the Providence, RI Journal, discusses the public's preference in architecture without patronizing, just polling:
Last May, Le Figaro asked Parisians which buildings they’d like to have demolished. Tops with 33.4 percent was the Montparnasse Tower (1972), the only tall slab in central Paris; next was the Beaugrenelle Towers, a set of modernist skyscrapers outside Paris, with 31.4 percent; third (and to me the most gratifying), 22.7 percent wanted to raze the Centre Pompidou. Parisians clearly have good taste.
CarFree In Big D guy is stylistically agnostic. He just hates obnoxia and any attempts to "disorient" the public (ahem, burp, excuse me), so they can "get" your masterpiece or whatever the hell you call your self-indulgence. Styles are fleeting, just as Classicism could define any hundreds of different "phenotypes," to the point that any dialogue is ultimately meaningless. As long as buildings are contributive to the public realm, I could give a shit.

From the article:

For example, 1, 2, and 3, are all perfectly acceptable (the narrow sidewalks not withstanding). 4 deserves a full body massage by the wrecking ball wreaking havoc to the parking garage outside of my building. "New" does not always mean good and "can" doesn't mean you "should."

Green Metropolis is reviewed by hippies, and I mean that pejoratively in the Eric Cartman sense, not the tone my girlfriend uses when she calls me a hippy. I hope. And not the good kind that might point out some of the circular arguments made throughout the book when it came to, "well, this would keep traffic out, so it makes driving more palatable, so it would then induce more driving, and then there would be traffic, but not the kind that produces CO2, but maybe the moving kind, or not..." What? The rest of it is worth the read, though.

But, actually the stupid kind of hippy, that really is just bubbling over with anger that their coonskin cap and moccasin fantasies are just that:
For one, New Yorkers generate a lot of garbage -- some of which is shipped as far as 300 miles away (although Owen doesn't figure this into his calculations of New Yorkers' carbon footprints, nor does he even mention garbage).
Maybe because there are 15 million people producing that waste, which by the way has nothing to do with the people inherently being New Yorkers or urbanites (because suburbanites produce more waste), but rather the packaging and material composition of American commerce. Recycling has the same problem, but people like to tout it as being "green" even though the process is incredibly dirty and the materials to be recycled are constantly in a state of devolution.

Portland saved its natural and agrarian surroundings by urbanizing. The "call" towards nature means if everyone follows, which they have, nature disappears under surface parking lots, drive-thrus, and the metaphorical big gulp of the "American Dream." More bullshit, like your plastic picket fence.

Going "local" is the new "going green" for the corporate world. Actually, this is more important and more likely to have a positive impact if it is followed through (if it's not more corporate bullshit, which marketing typically is, and why Millennials distrust you), meaning real changes to supply chains, transport, source material and locations, and the like:
This new variation on corporate greenwashing—localwashing—is, like the buy-local movement itself, most advanced in the context of food. Hellmann’s, the mayonnaise brand owned by the processed-food giant Unilever, is test-driving a new “Eat Real, Eat Local” initiative in Canada. Frito-Lay’s television commercials use farmers as pitchmen to position the company’s potato chips as local food, while the poultry giant Foster Farms is labeling its packages of chicken “locally grown.”
City of Odense, Denmark sets in its masterplan a goal of carbon-neutrality by 2025. Ha! Don't those peasants know their King is hoodwinking them? Oh, it's a freely elected republic now? Don't those commies know it's bad for business? Oh, Denmark is a capitalist country with the most free and fairest marketplace? Shit. I'm out of excuses. DEY TOOK AR JOBBBSSSS! Stupid, well-educated Danes.