Unraveling Urban Life and Space
A new guest column out today in Microgrid Knowledge, featuring the big story from the microgrid-revitalization-replicability study I did last year at Syracuse University. Read the whole thing here.
Cities are systems, systems within systems. Government, infrastructure, food, healthcare, education, taxes, ecosystems - these are just a few examples. We live in a time characterized by dysfunction and lack of investment (#neglect) in many of these systems. Some of these are spectacular - the levees failing in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina - while others are mundane - a crack in the sidewalk.
Understanding the systems operating within cities lets us understand functioning cities and how to accomplish tasks (change, built work, permit approval) within them far better. In this project the systems of the city become more visible to us through the places where they break down.
What design opportunities are created by dysfunctional urban systems?
Project site: The city of Syracuse. Some systems may include areas beyond the city or even its suburbs (eg: watersheds).
What to do:
M 2.01 Project brief posted via @susandieterlen and on City Wild (blog)
Tu 2.02 Guest lecture by Syracuse I-Team’s Andy Maxwell and Sam Edelstein (CoE 508); go over project brief; begin Part I
Tu 2.09 Flint water crisis panel (Room 203, Syracuse Center of Excellence; noon-1:00)
Th 2.11 Part I finished; in-class presentation, posts to social media, tagged with @samedelstein and @Andrew_Maxwell, #iteams (+other hashtags at your discretion) Part II begins (see separate project brief)
Th 2.25 Poster Session with Syracuse I-Team (location TBA)
M 2.29 5:00 p.m.: Parts I and II due in pdf to class Google drive folder.
Tu 3.01 Post final boards to social media, tagged with @samedelstein and @Andrew_Maxwell, #iteams
1 – 24”x36” board (digital) OR equivalent in Prezi including:
Copyright © 2016 Susan Dieterlen
This one's for City Wild 2014 alums, and Ely:
Last week saw me in New Orleans to present at EDRA 45, so my dear husband and I took the opportunity to drive by the Make It Right houses in the Lower Ninth Ward. Here's what I learned that we didn't get from the readings in class:
New Orleans is a fabulous city nonetheless. Don't wait for a conference to visit!
Assorted drafts, previews, and outtakes from the book I'm currently writing about the impact of vegetation and neglect on urban life. I also take other thoughts for a test drive here, including nascent design and research ideas.