Continuing my last discussion of “re-thinking design for our open spaces,” I believe the Balboa Park and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao would be a good case study to examine my point.
The common criticisms of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao are that it is an iconic building with monstrous style and a “look at me” attitude. Many believe facilities like Museum Bilbao do not respect local communities and tend to be an extreme expense that leads to privatization without giving anything back to the surrounding streets.
“Public art is a reflection of how we see the world — the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are.” — — Public Art in Philadelphia by Penny Balkin Bach.
According to Americans for the Arts, public art can be considered as an art in public space and is accessible by the public. We often associate images of a historic bronze statue or giant sculpture in a park as public art. Yet, public art can take a wide range of forms, sizes, and scales. It can also be temporary or permanent.
If you search “Kensington, Maryland” online, you probably will read the following description: Kensington is a town in Montgomery County, Maryland, United State with roughly 2,098 population.
But why this small town with less than 1 square mile (0.5 square miles to be exact) can have a page on Trip Advisor? I felt compelled to share the other side benefit of Kensington you probably have not realized.
“I have a large inventory and I need the space. Besides, I like the atmosphere over here.” — Sue Jones, president of the Kensington Antique Dealer Association told the Washington Post.
Agritourism is not an innovative idea, but treating agritourism as an alternative therapy is.
Remember the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”? The divorcee (Diane Lane) decided to purchase a rural Tuscan Villa to start her life all over again. Though the decision seemed impulsive, there was no doubt that she sensed a healing potential and a therapeutic benefit of operating that Villa, which she saw through a series of serendipitous events.
Like Diane Lane, whose life threw her a giant curveball, many people have experienced depressions and anxieties during Covid-19. But fortunately, we do not have to put our savings…
Located in the United Arab Emirates, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is an art and civilization museum. With 260,000 square feet of museum campus and 86,000 square feet of galleries, the museum made itself the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula.
“On the occasion of the UAE Innovation Month, on the E/11 Sheikh Zayed Road that connects Dubai to Abu Dhabi, ten huge billboards of 9x6 meters were placed, representing giant reproductions of the most famous pieces in the museum’s collection.” — Kooness
It is typical to use street signage to keep visitors informed. However, Louvre took this strategy to…
A green roof is a layer of vegetation planted over a drainage and waterproofing system installed on top of a flat or slope roof. The primary purposes for installing green roofs are energy efficiency, stormwater control, and heat island reduction.
There are three main types of vegetated roofs: extensive, intensive, and semi-intensive. The main differences between these types are based on their growing medium. An extensive green roof has a shallow growing medium — usually less than six inches. Intensive green roofs have more soil and a deeper growing medium — sometimes several feet.
The availability of activities on the…
Before starting to discuss housing affordability, it is also essential to mention homelessness. Homelessness is not news. It is a social phenomenon that almost every city experiences. Though many reasons contribute to homeless populations, the lack of a variety of affordable housing types in the market is the most significant.
According to “Homeless Definition” at HUD, the homeless population can be grouped into four categories:
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a statewide “stay-at-home” order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the state. This move follows an earlier San Francisco Bay Area “shelter-in-place” announcement on Monday by local officials. Essentially, shelter-in-place means staying at home to not spread the virus or any infectious agents through human contact.
Although the homeless populations across the Bay Area are not subject to this order, the local government has urged unhoused individuals to find shelter and told agencies to take steps needed to provide protection.
An organization I volunteered with once asked me to speak about zip codes and life expectancy. I have no idea why they asked me to do so since I don’t have a background as a data scientist.
However, the more I research this topic, the more I found it intriguing and related to how we treat our built environment.
Yet, I tried to answer these questions while understanding this topic.
“Life expectancy” is one of our demographic projections. It is a statistical measure of the average of our life span. …
“Why are tree canopies in urban areas important?”
With more studies and educational materials become available, we probably have all agreed that trees offer many environmental benefits: such as reducing erosion, helping stormwater management, providing shade and absorbing pollutions, etc.
Trees also have other benefits to the triple bottom line: Environmental, Economic, and Social aspects of our life.
But today, I would like to share another perspective to look at those trees in our neighborhoods.
“Trees are not merely good for us; they bring out good in us.”
See images below. …