MVRDV recently designed the Water Cube pavilion for the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, Korea. The structure is designed to express the power and beauty of the oceans, and is composed of water filled basins, which act as both a temperature buffer as well as the main attraction. A bit like being inside an aquarium, the hollow inner sanctum will be lit with water-filtered light.
After nearly two months of ups and downs, city leaders on Thursday announced Cincinnati will get a streetcar after all.
AMERICA IN A NUTSHELL!
ok like a lot of dilapidated american cities, cincinnati is a little nugget of redevelopment downtown surrounded by a vast wasteland of poverty and ruin. and the whole city is wrapped in suburbs filled by white flight who want nothing to do with them.
the poor need money and resources. the city doesn’t have much to work with: all the money moved to the suburbs and i’m assuming the fortune 500 companies that still call cincinnati home do so because of healthy tax breaks. it needs to attract people back to the city and it can only do that by investing in development.
mass transit is rarely a bad investment. it builds community, decreases traffic and encourages exploration etc etc. the proposed cincinnati streetcar would connect important areas downtown and leaves the door open for future extensions. a feasibility study cosigned by the university of cincinnati estimated a 15:1 benefit ratio for some parts of the city: for every $1 they spend, they will eventually see $15. consider the source obviously, but it seems legit.
the problem, of course, is in the funding. cincinnati either has to (further) mortgage its future or redirect much-needed funds from the rest of the city budget.
the leaders of the black community in cincinnati are like “fuck this” because they know their neighborhoods need help now. and so the cincinnati NAACP struck a strange alliance with COAST, an “uber-white suburban” anti-spending conservative group with a history of opposing stuff like affirmative action. COAST opposes the streetcar because the city is full of poor people and poor people are gross. also, COAST may or may not have been using the streetcar opposition to force a referendum on all rail-based transit projects (including, incredibly, the little choo-choo train through the zoo).
but COAST is about as good an embodiment for the kind of rampant capitalism and racial polarization that guts cities like cincinnati as anyone else. why would the NAACP align with them?
because they assume america accepts (and expects) a certain level of decay in poor (usually black) neighborhoods as status quo. even if the city is going to see a 15:1 return, who’s to say the shittier parts of the city will even see that benefit? if they get the shaft now what’s to keep them from getting shafted later? they would rather kill the project now than trust the future powers that be with the money it might generate.
(and besides, shorting public schools and help for the poor is just another form of selling the future to pay for the present anyways.)
in the end everybody kind of won. several outside, private sources came through with what appears to be enough cash to cover operating costs for the streetcar’s first 10 years. this is probably what should have happened anyways. but the political delays cost cincinnati like $2 million.
yall should fuck with lantana “all hustle no luck” too tho.
Memphis in a nutshell. Andy we thank you
The Euthanasia Coaster is a concept for a steel roller coaster designed to kill its passengers. In 2010, it was designed and made into a scale model by Julijonas Urbonas, a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London. Urbonas, who has worked at an amusement park, stated that the goal of his concept roller coaster is to take lives “with elegance and euphoria.” It is a ride to the death. The seven loops or “inversions” put the human body under such stress that it causes the brain to be starved of oxygen, as the heart simply cannot push blood against the enormous g-forces. Even if it kills you, it is designed to still be a fun death. An honourable thought, if rather macabre.
american artist tauba auerbach presents the 8 x 8 x 8-inch hard-back cubes illustrating the color spectrum through digital offset print in a page-by-page medium. a digital offset print on paper with airbrushed cloth cover and book edges create a colorful reference volume of all the colors in existence. the special binding was co-designed by the artist herself in collaboration with daniel e. kelm, and were printed at wide awake garage, an independent bookbinder, with help from leah hughes.