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Linking back, 8 May 2009

A number of self referential links this week –

I reflected on the demolition of a brand new development in California because the bank couldn't sell the houses and didn't want to pay for their completion. (I proposed a tool from health care regulation as a proposal to help avoid similar events in the future.) The picture accompanying the article and the videos posted elsewhere on the event certainly did not look like this – "Deconstructing in Cleveland" – was taking place. (via GLUE) Other impacts – safety and health – of financial industry supported excess and interruption also were reported.

Then this appeared – "15 Housing Projects from Hell" – apparently a good argument for demolishing a number of major built projects.

Along the vein of making do with what used to be there, and in confirmation of other thoughts and considerations on new moves in shrinking cities, there seemed to be a number of references to the "mistake on the lake" in my recent posts. Now, however, it seems that Cleveland is leading the nation. Fast Company magazine named it on of its "fast cities" recognizing its initiatives in urban agriculture. Separately, Fast Company also expressed a bit of the wonder we all have when thinking about this place we thought of as a joke, celebrating Ohio as the state with the "boldest architecture." Back home, the Detroit-Berlin connection is developing this very interesting urban agricultural initiative, BEES.

I had expressed a concern earlier about the reduction in density in cities and the impacts on the retail ground floors of buildings. I was worried a bit about temporary and superficial decorative projects and looked for something more permanent and impactful. It looks like England has found the theme provocative as "artists come to high street" in London.

Then there was this rant, and the realization that I am not, apparently, one of those who left thought of "the dumb fist" behind in 1990.

And finally, Allison Areiff returns to an earlier theme – designing through a depression – about design in tough times that I addressed earlier this year.

Image, from the New York Times, is a limited edition print by Matt Jones to benefit Creative Commons (20×

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