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Grey is the New Black
BY ALISON BENZIMRA
@ VOL 38
ON MAY 03, 2016
Many older adults are living longer & healthier lives. This shift impacts how society views elders & how elders view themselves. Ageing should be seen as a continual stage of development & growth rather than a period of decline. It’s time we begin to redefine ageing. It’s time “Grey becomes the new Black” suggests, Alison Benzimra.
BY JEAN-MICHEL REED
@ VOL 17
ON SEP 15, 2016
"An architect, it seems, has to be an optimist and idealist. That by building we're somehow making the world a better place. But before you need buildings, you need people."
In Collage City from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, artist, designer, realtor and retired paramedic, Jean-Michel Reed, shares stories and perceptions of Buffalo, New York as an intimate outsider. Reed moved to Buffalo in 1992, working first as a paramedic, and later transitioning to both a designer and a realtor as the city attempted an about face. Cites are made first of people, and then within those individual people, of experiences. It is this combination of convergent and divergent experiences that construct the sociological makeup of place and city, which, in turn manufactures the physical landscape.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016.
Life’s Important Things
BY ADRIAN REITH
@ VOL 8
ON FEB 07, 2017
Adrian Reith explains that Act 3 is the 20+ extra years we’re all going to have - in reasonable health - with higher expectations - that our parents didn't get, or just called ‘retirement’, pipe and slippers, decline… Our generation will want much more than our parents, and will be capable of more … but there isn’t a model. Yet.
Declino di Identità: Progetto di riuso alla Favorita del Lido di Venezia
BY GAIA PARPAJOLA
Declino di Identità: Progetto di riuso alla Favorita del Lido di Venezia - Gaia Parpajola
Progetto per l'isola "La Favorita", al Lido di Venezia. Un’area abbandonata.
In un recente passato rappresentava un parco urbano multifunzionale, dove si andava a fare sport, a pranzare o cenare, a organizzare un pic nic, ospitava residenze… la dismissione, in breve tempo ha devastato il verde, degradato gli edifici presenti, riempito di erbe i campi da gioco.
I luoghi, come le persone, soffrono dell’abbandono, diventano inutilizzati, deperiscono.
Il progetto si propone di restituire l’area alla comunità, la comunità al sito. Rivitalizzandolo, ma immaginando, realisticamente, un programma funzionale in grado di autofinanziarsi, ritrovando nel sito stesso le risorse per il recupero ambientale e funzionale.
Incremental Development and the Future of the City
BY RYAN TERRY
@ VOL 11
ON JUN 06, 2017
So much of the real estate industry is extractive, where far-away investors mine the value from properties that line our streets. We are working toward a more generative real estate model, where local people can invest in their own neighborhoods and in that process, create new life and value that benefits their community. The kind of places we want to live in are built and maintained by people who really love them.
However, even beloved and successful places are at risk. We all know stories of boom and bust. Buildings, neighborhoods, cities are all put under great stress in times of fast economic change, whether growth or decline. At the local level, the best way we know to protect against the negative impacts of both growth and decline is this: spread the risk and the reward. We need more neighborhood-based small developers creating buildings that can adapt in times of trouble.
Scale makes all the difference. The small-scale developer is limited by their size to a certain scope of project. They don’t have the team or the resources for mega-developments; they need to stick with small, simple buildings in a fairly concentrated area so they can easily keep an eye on things. Instead of large apartment blocks or a subdivision of single-family homes, small developers are more likely to build duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, live-work buildings, backyard cottages etc.—perfect for adapting neighborhoods on a lot-by-lot basis.These buildings are too small for a conventional developer whose profits depend on an economy of scale. Small developers depend on economies of resourcefulness and relationships, and that economic model is what makes small developers so adaptable in times of trouble.
This country is covered with inspiring precedents of buildings that punch above their weight, giving back to the city through taxes, to the neighborhood through street appeal, and to the owner through a positive cash flow. Across the country, communities are realizing that big developers cannot be induced to come build the neighborhoods they want. No one is coming to save them from the status quo. They’ve got to do it themselves.