Terreform Urban Research

Terreform Urban Research Urban Research (UR), the imprint of Terreform, publishes progressive books about cities and their futures.

Terreform is a non-profit 501(c)(3), urban research studio and advocacy group. Founded in 2005 by Michael Sorkin, its mission is to investigate the forms, policies, technologies, and practices that will yield equitable, sustainable, and beautiful cities for our urbanizing planet. UR (Urban Research), the imprint of Terreform, is a book series devoted to speculation about the condition of the future city. Understanding that no single approach is adequate to the promise and problems of the urban, we publish a wide range of designs and analyses.

Mission: UR seeks to become the default venue both for individuals and organizations engaged in progressive urban research, design and critical advocacy. We invite the collaboration of all who share our interest in creating sustainable, beautiful and just cities around the world.

Happy Fourth of July: Is this really the America we want?The American people face a historical reckoning. Do we stand up...
07/05/2019
'Spaces of Disappearance' mentioned in Salon

Happy Fourth of July: Is this really the America we want?
The American people face a historical reckoning. Do we stand up against the crimes committed in our name?
BY CHAUNCEY DEVEGA Salon
JULY 4, 2019
Language encourages violence. Language legitimates violence and makes it worse. Language can be a form of violence in itself.
...
https://www.salon.com/2019/07/04/happy-fourth-of-july-is-this-really-the-america-we-want/

Jordan H. Carver’s “observation is eerily appropriate if applied to Trump's concentrations camp system some 10 years later….” Read more, “Happy Fourth of July: Is this really the America we want?” by Chauncey Devega.

Zoned Out in dDAB
07/04/2019
Zoned Out in dDAB

Zoned Out in dDAB

dDAB Commentary : …The diversity of subject matter, the quality of the scholarship, and the progressive ideals shared by the various subjects are highly commendable in the case of those three books. The same can be said of Zoned Out! , which features six chapters on the role of zoning in displacin...

Meet the newest Terreformers! Anthropologist and spatial strategist DeNeile Cooper and environmental consultant Oliver W...
07/04/2019

Meet the newest Terreformers!

Anthropologist and spatial strategist DeNeile Cooper and environmental consultant Oliver Wright are contributing research to Waste Not, the second installment of New York City (Steady) State. Theo Brandt is a student and NYC native assisting on New York City (Steady) State: Home Grown. Casey Breen and Alex Serbanescu are visiting us from the University of Chicago and contributing to South Side Stories.

From left to right: Oliver Wright, Theo Brandt, Casey Breen, DeNeile Cooper, and Alex Serbanescu.

126. Edwin Heathcote
07/03/2019
126. Edwin Heathcote

126. Edwin Heathcote

Edwin Heathcote is the architecture critic for the Financial Times and the founder and editor-in-chief of Reading Design. Originally trained as an architect, Edwin has also written for GQ and is the a

07/02/2019
Bengal Institute

Bengal Institute

"ভবিষ্যৎ শহর" কেমন চাই -- এ নিয়ে কথা বলেছেন কাজী খালিদ আশরাফ

HTSylvia MorseCo-editor #URZonedOut#terreform #urbanresearch #grahamfunded #jmkaplanfund #workercoop 💪 🥘 😊 @the...
07/02/2019

HT
Sylvia Morse
Co-editor #URZonedOut
#terreform #urbanresearch #grahamfunded #jmkaplanfund

#workercoop 💪 🥘 😊 @theLFshow

@shilpalah speaking the truth on the newest Laura Flanders show @thelfshow ! We will never put profits over the community✊🏽
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Link in bio! 👆🏽

06/26/2019
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

....understanding of the issues, risks & opportunities associated with #SmartCities
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design #UofT #Toronto Sidewalk Labs

Jesse Shapins: "I encourage everyone to listen. I see #SidewalkToronto as an opportunity to build a new democratic framework that involves the public and private sectors, and civil society." #cbcthecurrent CBC
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-june-25-2019-1.5188733/sidewalk-labs-1-3b-plan-for-toronto-s-waterfront-is-bad-for-democracy-critic-says-1.5188753

Last year, we held a series of lectures that explore the contemporary rhetorics, histories, and politics of the smart city phenomenon. Looking to deepen your understanding of some of the issues, risks, and opportunities associated with smart cities in light of the release of Sidewalk Labs’ development plan for Toronto? Check out the keynote presentations and panel discussion from our Urban IQ Test symposium, available on the #UofTDaniels YouTube channel.

8:45 Welcome and Intro by Dean Richard Sommer
17:45 Orit Halpern
35:38 Jesse Shapins
49:48 Jesse LeCavalier
1:10:55 Michael Sorkin
1:30:33 Conversation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggXqFirFchM&feature=share

... In addition to overburdening the neighborhood’s infrastructure and school system, preservationists and activists a...
06/24/2019
LISTEN: Gowanus rezoning highlights city’s love for development

... In addition to overburdening the neighborhood’s infrastructure and school system, preservationists and activists are worried about the character of the neighborhood being adversely affected

“There is nothing in the current plan that improves the neighborhood, absolutely nothing,” said Linda Mariano, founder of Frogg : Friends & Residents Of Greater Gowanus “The city planning is not a plan for this neighborhood, it is a fantasy and we can’t live in a fantasy. If we wanted a fantasy we’d go live in Disney World or Hollywood.”

++ https://www.terreform.info/news/2019/5/26/zoned-out-gowanus-vjpj6

The Department of City Planning wants to rezone Gowanus to create some 8,200 apartments, bringing in an estimated 18,000 new residents and creating over 3,000 jobs.

Deen Sharp#Terreform codirector at The New School for #SASENYC mini-conference  The Society for the Advancement of Socio...
06/24/2019
Deen Sharp at The New School

Deen Sharp
#Terreform codirector at The New School for #SASENYC mini-conference The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics - SASE
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
#SASENYC

This Friday, Terreform co-director Deen Sharp will take part of SASE’s 30th Anniversary Conference, “Fathomless Futures: Algorithmic and Imagined” which takes place at the The New School for Social Research. Sharp will present on the wildly eccentric and insightful Thorstein Veblen. From his a...

Bengal Institute
06/22/2019

Bengal Institute

UK based architect Tumpa Fellows speaks about building #climate resilient, #environment friendly #architecture in #Bangladesh -- details and Livestream: http://bit.ly/BIPL41

#savethedate#Terreform in the streets! #UrbanResearch en masse.*** Proyecto Helicoide ***More information soon! See you ...
06/21/2019

#savethedate

#Terreform in the streets!
#UrbanResearch en masse.
*** Proyecto Helicoide ***
More information soon!

See you #Korea #SeoulBiennale
#Architecture #Urbanism

#Terreform and #UrbanResearch are excited to be a part of the 2019 Planner’s Network Conference — “Resisting Displ...
06/20/2019
“Resisting Displacement and Dispossession” — 2019 Planner's Network Conference

#Terreform and #UrbanResearch are excited to be a part of the 2019 Planner’s Network Conference — “Resisting Displacement and Dispossession

Stop by our table to browse books, talk urbanism, or just say hello!

#PN2019 Planners Network
#resistingdisplacementanddispossession
#urbanplanning #NYC #Tacoma #Montreal #Tiohtiake
Concordia University Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment Urban at UW

Terreform and UR books are excited to be a part of the 2019 Planner’s Network Conference — “Resisting Displacement and Dispossession” happening this Friday at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Stop by our table to browse books, talk urbanism, or just say hello! Friday 8am-6pm Pratt Institute,...

Center for Architecture (AIANY)
06/20/2019

Center for Architecture (AIANY)

Michael Sorkin is the founding principal of New York–based Michael Sorkin Studio, the architecture critic for The Nation, and the author and editor of countless books. He's also one of the winners of this year's Collaborative Achievement Award: https://bit.ly/2wSlcyO

Tenants Won This Round
06/20/2019
Tenants Won This Round

Tenants Won This Round

Last week, New York tenants overcame the state's powerful real-estate lobby to win a historic package of renter protections. Next stop: universal rent control.

"More than a decade ago, I would have found the idea of a forensic institute to be rather abhorrent. Coming from the fie...
06/19/2019
Open Verification - e-flux Architecture - e-flux

"More than a decade ago, I would have found the idea of a forensic institute to be rather abhorrent. Coming from the field of left activism and critical spatial practice, I felt instinctively oriented against the authority of established truths....
Forensic Architecture Eyal Weizman

Forensic Architecture, Chemical Attack in Douma, 2018. On April 7, 2018, a chlorine canister was first photographed on the rooftop balcony of an apartment in the opposition-held town of Douma. Russian media reports claimed the attack was staged by rebels who carried the canister to the balcony. Wor...

Live: e-flux journal presents: Art After Culture? - e-flux
06/15/2019
Live: e-flux journal presents: Art After Culture? - e-flux

Live: e-flux journal presents: Art After Culture? - e-flux

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Architecture+Design Film Festival Winnipeg
06/13/2019

Architecture+Design Film Festival Winnipeg

Push will screen as part of our Architecture+Film series.
September 20th at 7 pm.
Winnipeg Cinematheque

06/12/2019
4/8/19 [email protected] Panel Discussion with Artist Julie Mehretu

Terreform Urban Research co-director and Akpia Mit Post-Doc Fellow Deen Sharp was in discussion with artist Julie Mehretu as part of a panel organized by the Aga Khan Program at MIT.

Panelists included: Julie Mehretu, New York based artist; Miriam Cooke, Professor Emerita, Duke University; Asma Naeem, Curator, The Baltimore Museum of Art; Nasser Rabbat, Director, [email protected]; Deen Sharp, [email protected] Post-Doctoral Fellow.

More on our website: https://www.terreform.info/news/2019/6/12/making-connections-with-julie-mehretu-deen-sharp

https://youtu.be/asjWy-js0-0
Video published by MIT Department of Architecture

Panel Discussion with Artist Julie Mehretu Julie Mehretu, New York based artist Miriam Cooke, Professor Emerita, Duke University Asma Naeem, Curator,The Balt...

Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊/ 唐人街艺术队
06/11/2019

Chinatown Art Brigade 唐人街藝術隊/ 唐人街艺术队

🚧🚧 EVICT THE PROFITEERS OF DISPLACEMENT 🚧🚧

During our anti-displacement and anti-artwashing action last month we stopped in front of Canal Street Market, a gentrifying retail market and food hall in Chinatown.

Last year, the New York Times published a racist article titled “Canal Street Cleans Up Nice.” We know that cleanup often refers to displacing and policing of local communities. The Asian population in Chinatown has declined by 30% since 2003, and Chinatown and the Lower East Side has loss over 30,000 units of affordable housing.

The Canal Street Market, owned by Philip Chong, is one force of this displacement. Canal Street Market is a gentrifying force in Chinatown and the anchor of retail hyper development, including 11 new hotels in and around Canal Street. This development pushes out long-term residents and small family businesses by being a revolving door of short term rentals spaces, charging exorbitant rates. Chong envisions that shopkeepers and artists will rotate through until the whole of Canal is an unrecognizable cluster of galleries, boutiques and luxury goods.

While Canal Street is a site of hyper development and rapid displacement, it has also always been a site of struggles and movements against state violence. The Canal Street triangle used to be the home of the “triangle vendors.” These “triangle vendors” were working class people of color who would sell fresh fruits and vegetables for the neighborhood and the city. Starting in the 1990s under Mayor Giuliani’s “Quality of Life” program, the NYPD regularly and aggressively harassed and arrested the vendors. The NYPD criminalized the vendors as scapegoats for the mayor’s own political gains. In 1995, over 200 vendors marched from Chinatown to City Hall protesting the police brutality and displacement. The city’s crackdown on vendors was part of efforts to rezone Canal and turn it into a commercial and tourist hub.

What does this mean for small businesses and residents? Higher rents, evictions, massive traffic problems. And not one cent towards infrastructure, improving our subways, or providing much needed services for the people who live here. Chong claims that he thought about “what the neighborhood really needed” and what he saw was “a huge demand for exciting, new food concepts.”

But that is NOT what Chinatown needs! What Chinatown needs is truly affordable housing, intergenerational community spaces, places to get affordable foods, and health resources for elders and families. But that is NOT what Chinatown needs! To Asian American artists and creatives using the Canal Street Market space: don’t be complicit, your collaborations and the spaces you choose to take up have more of an impact than you think.

06/10/2019

Sharing Planners Network NYC
Work in Progress!

Check out their
Multicity Conference at Pratt Institute Concordia University University of Washington on June 21-22, 2019
https://plannersnetworknyc.wixsite.com/conference/friday

#PN2019nyc #ResistingDisplacementandDispossession

From their CFP:
In cities throughout the nation and world people are facing powerful economic and political forces that lead to evictions from their homes and displacement from their communities. In response, people are organizing, resisting, and developing their own plans and policies as alternatives. Join Planners Network as we explore strategies and affirm that another world is possible!

*full disclosure: Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research is happy to support and share this vital cause. See you there! #Terreform

Terreform in PLOT Volume 8
06/09/2019
Terreform in PLOT Volume 8

Terreform in PLOT Volume 8

As designers and planners, our natural impulse is to seek out metrics for quantitative improvement wherever we work, but acting on that motivation often cause us to overestimate the importance of the built environment and underestimate its context. Like the sanitary mapping of 1865 that sought to li

Bengal Institute
06/08/2019

Bengal Institute

#BengalStream — The Vibrant #Architecture Scene of #Bangladesh opens at the DAM German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt on 6th June. Details of the exhibition: http://bit.ly/BSFrankfurt @ Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Three Modalities of Futurelessness
06/08/2019
Three Modalities of Futurelessness

Three Modalities of Futurelessness

In the wake of catastrophic climate change, a wave of discourses reflecting upon possible futures has emerged in art and the academia. What seems to be at hand is nothing less than the endangerment of the future itself – the grimness of the present ecological and socio-political situation forces u...

La madrina de las ciudades
06/07/2019
La madrina de las ciudades

La madrina de las ciudades

Se publican conjuntamente cuatro entrevistas a Jane Jacobs que retratan a la autora de Muerte y vida de las grandes ciudades , la intelectual que urgió a recuperar la vida en la calle para humanizar la ciudad

The studio is in full bloom! Michael Sorkin is on his way to Las Vegas for #A19CON.Michael Sorkin Studio is a first-stag...
06/06/2019

The studio is in full bloom!

Michael Sorkin is on his way to Las Vegas for #A19CON.
Michael Sorkin Studio is a first-stage winner in the #design competition "Big Ideas for Small Lots" NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) Center for Architecture (AIANY).
UR (#UrbanResearch) book "Spaces of Disappearance" selected by AIGA | the professional association for design + Design Observer for "50 Books | 50 Book Covers" of 2018 #AIGA5050. Isaac Gertman The Independent Group
Forthcoming book "Genealogy of Bassac" by Pen Sereypagna and Brian McGrath received a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grant. #Grahamfunded The New School

Read on! http://bit.ly/studio_in_bloom
Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research

Image: Wagga Wagga Civic Center, New South Wales, Australia. Michael Sorkin Studio, 1995.

Proyecto Helicoide
06/02/2019

Proyecto Helicoide

Muy orgullosa de mi amiga Diana López, artista, gestora cultural y activista de derechos humanos. Diana ha apoyado a PROYECTO HELICOIDE desde su inicio en 2013 de manera concreta y sostenida a pesar de (o precisamente por) su experiencia personal con los prisioneros políticos en Venezuela.

Artist Diana López is an activist for the human rights of political prisoners in Venezuela (including her brother, Leopoldo) and has been a staunch supporter of PROYECTO HELICOIDE since its inception in 2013.

"It’s time to recover from the recovery. We launched #URWaterproofingNY to propose a systematic approach to climate ch...
06/01/2019
Five Years After Hurricane Sandy, New Yorkers Reflect on Its Legacy

"It’s time to recover from the recovery.

We launched #URWaterproofingNY to propose a systematic approach to climate change adaptation that would evolve with dynamic challenges as opposed to a piecemeal response that would leave the city in a perpetual state of defense against climate forces.

Since then we have watched as ambitious initiatives like the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (or SIRR) and Rebuild By Design got caught in a mire of conflicting regulatory requirements and fragmented by underfunding as political winds shifted.

What we need most right now is a clear-eyed assessment of what worked and where we floundered in the recovery process so that agency policies can be untangled and plans for systemic adaptation can be made that will outride the four-year election cycle."

Denise Hoffman Brandt
Director and Associate Professor of Graduate Landscape Architecture Program, The City College of New York, and co-editor of Waterproofing New York Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research

#fromthearchives Metropolis Magazine

https://urpub.org/books/waterproofingnewyork
Also available at #independentbookstores Greenlight Bookstore Rizzoli Bookstore #NYC

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