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2010, aftermath of tropical storm Agatha


Sink holes in Guatemala keep turning up in urban locations, taking lives and disrupting the operation of the city.  There is still no clear explanation for these holes or any prediction of where others might emerge.  This looks like a job for Transparent Earth, or what they’re calling “planet hacking.”  One can imagine an architectural competition to program such a space.  Rock climbers get priority.

On the note of embedding secrets in the ground, there comes again the question of the timescale that different places can manage.  Things change a lot faster in New York than they do in Antarctica, let’s say.  And as noted in Into Eternity (see fellow Protocol Architecture critic Jamie Kruse’s article) time is even slower below ground than above it.  And yet, different undergrounds have different time scales just like different cities do.  The earth in Japan is too seismic, and the earth in Guatemala, we are starting to notice, is also unpredictable.  The bedrock in Finland is a lot more dependable over the scale of 10,000s of years.  Can someone map the geological activity and variability throughout the world?  (this is a request, not a wondering)  Now, the fact Finland is rising to the occasion of addressing its nuclear waste issue may or may not be due to their fortunate bedrock situation.  What’s more interesting is whether there might be an economy for this type of real estate.  Taking care of one’s waste doesn’t sound as sexy as the reasons for such a market given by Protocol Architecture’s final proposal for Berlin’s future (final images will be posted soon).

The EU HQ project is a seed for reconstituting the politics and economy of matter in Berlin.  It reinterprets the built environment and the rebuilt environment.


“In the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is a suburb abandoned in advance of itself—the unfinished extension of a place called California City.In the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is a suburb abandoned in advance of itself—the unfinished extension of a place called California City.”

It would be instrumental for us to think about the record of cities throughout time so we may make some decisions about which places we want to preserve and which places would be more conducive to constant change, and of course, everything between these extremes. To that end, we should think about delineating 4 or 5 different types of cities: 1. Reconstructed Cities (Paris, Berlin, Rotterdam, West Bank cities, Dresden); 2. Instant Cities (like new capitals such as Brazilia); 3. Frozen Cities (Paris, New York?); 4. Constantly Changing Cities (American Cities); 5. Abandoned Cities (California City, Chernobyl, Machu Pichu).


great post yuval. here is another, also exceptional:

The beginning is great architecturally, then go to about 4:20 to see the size of the queen and how she operates. Around 6, the narrator discusses the strategies in the architecture and complexity of its spaces.

is there hierarchy in our swarm?


They poured tons of concrete into an ant colony’s hole and then started digging it out to reveal the elaborate underground city. Basically lots of channels of circulation and ventilation and then these ventricles, these round chambers at the ends. (It’s long but try to watch it through) Lots to think about as far as negative space and reconstruction.