/// miami 21 anyone?

I was wondering whats going on with Miami 21? Last I heard the city commissioner had cancelled a meeting back in March. I went into the Miami 21 official website and there is a Final draft for the Code dated April 2008 and meetings scheduled throughout September. Miami 21 is a guidelines code for Miami-Dade that regulates emphasizing form/shape between buildings, street and open space based on smart-growth, it flees away from the "zoning" via use/density concept. I have my hopes that this code can help with making Miami a feel good city.

Image via Miami 21

Labels: , , ,

posted by Gissi J. at 0 Comments Links to this post


/// in case of a fire

Stair of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

A Fire Inspector came into the office today to do their yearly routine check the only non compliant thing in the office is the stairs to the second level mezzanine that has no handrails. Somehow the office has been here for the last 4 years and no other inspectors had ever caught that. It makes me thing that with Fire Inspectors or Officials of any sort the acquiesce of their work is according to their daily mood. For example if in the morning the sun is out and birds are singing just like wakening from a musical then you are good, if they have a fight with their significant other or just have a bad commute to work all of us mortals have to pay, regardless of being compliant or not.

Labels: , , ,

posted by Gissi J. at 0 Comments Links to this post


/// architect or urbanist

I talked to my friend Cinthya this afternoon she studies Law, while being in her last semester and after a trip to India she is undecided of becoming a lawyer or not. She would like something more. After 6+ years studying I asked her why she wants to do this radical change she replied:

"While I was in India this summer and coming from a Socioeconomic background... We go preaching development ... but at the end of the day... the so called development we bring is not sustainable we create more chaos and inequality...I get home sad, I have seen a reality that I was blinded to see."

I explained to her that she didn't really wanted to be an architect she wants to be an urbanist. Being an urbanist is much more than making houses or buildings. An urbanist intertwines every space of the public realm with what is private creating a pleasant living to the urbanites of a town not only one city dweller.

I gave her some pointers of stuff to read of New Urbanism and Civilization.

Labels: , , ,

posted by Gissi J. at 0 Comments Links to this post


/// wal-mart in the city

No one could ever understand how political/business affairs work. Despise of all the effort from the City and Miami's Downtown Development authorities and their urge to revamp Miami's Downtown with a new logo that promotes the upcoming buildings, shops restaurants and a nice livable town, proposals as having a big suburb shop, aka Wal-mart, disrupt the area should be out of the question. People really do not understand the impact of having this Mega-Superstore with cheap prices around the corner.
Economically it does bring new jobs to the area but it affects the nearby retail trade, it has been seen that more than half of businesses of a small town close down after a Wal-mart is open near their premises. Also Wal-mart has several law-suits against them for the mistreat of employees with paid low-wages and poor working conditions.
Urbanistically it affects the urban scene were this boxed-inward all-in-one store may be located upcoming shops and restaurants may had provided a ├╝ber chic scenery, immediately walkability is deprived. I do understand that a Wal-mart works in a rural/suburban areas, I mean they are part of sprawl, but would you really want to support this type of business urge?

Labels: , , , ,

posted by Gissi J. at 0 Comments Links to this post


/// recyclable newspaper

As part of the being "Green" rage that has hit the world in the last year companies like Pier1imports are selling baskets made out of recyclable materials i.e. newspaper. This technique of weaving from low-cost printed paper is not new to me and due to "save the earth" and "save us from recession" times. I will do my part and start doing some of these storage containers in different shapes and forms to sell.

Labels: , , ,

posted by Gissi J. at 0 Comments Links to this post


/// awareness intervention

'bush baby'

'octopied building'

Being an artist is not only creating art, it is so much more broad a profound than that. Artist like *Filthyluker and Pedro Estrella through installations in different points in the United Kingdom manifest a way of how nature and city collide, a way of remembering that mother earth is still here and that buildings and cityscapes can be perishable too.

via [desingbloom]

Labels: , , , , ,

posted by Gissi J. at 0 Comments Links to this post