- The installation of the new financial centre in the Moscow Region, on virgin land and along a majestic bend of the Moscow River, deserves a degree of excellence. IFC needs splendour in order to distinguish itself from the chaotic periphery, and in order to become an attractive brand of its own. The long-term success of the new Financial Centre depends, to a large extent, on the unpredictable future of the global and Russian economy and finance. Its masterplan must therefore include a number of key qualities that embrace and transcend the uncertainty. Together they constitute our proposal, ensuring an intense, diverse and complex, but adequate conurbation.
Farming Cuba — A new model for cities and countries facing threats to food security brought on by the end of cheap oil
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Cuba found itself solely responsible for feeding a nation that had grown dependent on imports and trade subsidies. Citizens began growing their own organic produce anywhere they could find space, on rooftops, balconies, vacant lots, and even school playgrounds. By 1998 there were more than 8,000 urban farms in Havana producing nearly half of the country’s vegetables. What began as a grassroots initiative had, in less than a decade, grown into the largest sustainable agriculture initiative ever undertaken, making Cuba the world leader in urban farming. Learn more in Farming Cuba: Urban Agriculture from the Ground Up, by Carey Clouse, available next week from PAPress.
This giant 90m water slide by Juke Jerram is currently being developed for presentation on Park Street in central Bristol. Aimed to be installed for Make Sundays Special and Bristol Art Weekender on 4th May.
The Ballot for tickets is now over. 96,573 people signed up for their chance to get a ticket! Tickets will be issued via email between the 23rd and 29th April. Despite the limited number of slide tickets available on the day, the event will be free for anyone to come along and watch.
Today’s governments are using 18th century tools to solve 21st century problems. These failures not only perpetuate suffering today, but also ripple through time, constraining choices for generations to come. But while governments remain stuck, people are evolving. We are witnessing the rise of a global movement to rethink the relationship between citizens and governance. Now is the time to explore the widest range of future possibilities and to reimagine society for an age of planetary challenges and human responsibility.
Ricardo Bofill, Taller de Arquitectura. Sant Just Desvern, España. 1973-1975
En 1973 Ricardo Bofill encontró una fábrica de cemento abandonada, un complejo industrial de principios de siglo que consiste en más de 30 silos subterráneos, galerías y salas de máquinas enormes, y decidió convertirlo en la sede del Taller de Arquitectura. El trabajo de remodelación duró dos años. La fábrica, abandonada y parcialmente en ruinas, era un compendio de elementos surrealistas: escaleras que subían hasta la nada, las estructuras de hormigón armado que nada sostenía, trozos de hierro que cuelgan en el aire, grandes espacios vacíos pero sin embargo, llenos de magia.