Latest Post

The Meaning of Emergent Urbanism, after A New Kind of Science | Emergent Urbanism

Back in the 1950s, when Jane Jacobs was writing Death and Life of Great American Cities, she arrived at a conclusion that was a precursor for Wolfram’s scientific treatise. She claimed that city planning was a problem of organized complexity, and that it should be done by starting with the particulars and observing their behavior, instead of trying to control for a single variable useful in mathematical formulas…. he found that by using computers to synthesize, instead of analyzing, all sorts of simple programs, he could find programs whose rules generated complex patterns similar to the natural world.Wolfram thus arrived at his methodology for complexity science: instead of analyzing the natural world to arrive at knowledge, one could search through the ”computational universe” for patterns found in the natural world, and know their rules immediately without necessarily understanding their behavior, which for complex systems defies analysis.Wolfram proposes ”mining” the computational universe for scientific facts and technological ideas…. Wolfram’s thesis is not only meaningful for future research, but also essential to reviving traditions that were cast aside generations ago for not meeting scientific rigor. Urban planning, beginning in the 19th century, was overwhelmingly statistical. Cities were reduced to variables that prescribed the average apartment block or suburban lot for the average family, and the force of scientific authority was used to coerce everyone to accept this plan as standing for the common good. What I found when I started searching for patterns of traditional urbanism that had common features and properties with advanced computations was that traditional urbanisms were in many aspects more sophisticated than modern ones, only they had been adopted by trial and error and, not being understood, could not be adapted to modernity’s scale. My first postings therefore sought to legitimize traditional urbanism using my scientific intuitions.

via The Meaning of Emergent Urbanism, after A New Kind of Science | Emergent Urbanism.

Upcoming Events

  • Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums 2 October 2014 – 5 January 2015 Milwaukee Art Museum
  • CNU Illinois 2014 Charter Awards Deadline 4 November 2014!charter-awards-2014/c1uzn
  • Pier Carlo Bontempi 5 November 2014 at 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • GreenTown Aurora, IL 26 February 2015 205 N Broadway Street, Aurora, Illinois 60505
  • CNU 23 Dallas / Fort Worth 29 April 2015 – 3 May 2015 Event notification

Traditional Architecture + Urbanism student work

RSS Old Urbanist

  • Housing Innovations in Texas 4 October 2014
    Citylab recently posted an interesting profile of a new development in Harlingen, Texas by Amanda Kolson Hurley.  Having written about this area of the country earlier this year, I was curious to take a closer look at the development, which appeared to take some design cues from the Mexican urbanism that is just a short ride away from this border region.An a […]

RSS The Black Urbanist

  • Letting Ourselves Go 1 October 2014
    Of late I’ve been reading a lot of articles on how people don’t vote or don’t engage with their neighbors. There’s also been a sprinkling of how gentrification really happens and how it breaks down the neighborhood fabric. A few of those articles are right here (leaving the links inline so you can copy the […]

RSS Architecture Here and There (David Brussat)

  • Cutting myself to fit 30 October 2014
    This is to notify readers that the attempt to maintain the weekly online version of the late, lamented Providence Journal column has fallen prey to the constraints imposed by the need to produce a new weekly column. The new column, … Continue reading →
  • Bowling trophy architecture 29 October 2014
    Read “Top Seven Reasons Behind the Shanghaiing of New York (#Dubai-on-Hudson),” architect and urban designer John Massengale’s astute analysis of the linkage between Big Finance and Big Architecture. His assessment is depressing, because it looks impregnable. He uses an illustration … Continue reading →
  • Potemkin justice for Russia? 29 October 2014
    Far be it from me to endorse anything proposed by the regime of Vladimir Putin, but permit me to embrace the classical judicial complex to be built in St. Petersburg. As the blogger Andrew Cusack points out, the Russian architect … Continue reading →

RSS Urban Design Group

  • Nominations for the third Solent Design Awards are now open 15 August 2014
    EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING Nominations for the third Solent Design Awards are now open.   The third biennial Solent Design Awards are once again looking for stunning buildings, places or spaces across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight which have inspired, excited or uplifted their communities.   read more

RSS The Atlantic: Cities

RSS IAM (International Arts Movement)

  • Mail Art Exhibit: Guitar 3 September 2013
    You can be part of a California art exhibition from anywhere in the world. Our friend Gary Bibb is utilizing a guitar shop in Carlsbad, CA for a “mail art” exhibit. He’ll be showing approximately 100 pieces that offer an interpretation of the theme “Guitar”. Send your work by September 21st! Details: works to [...]

RSS Polis: a collaborative blog about cities across the globe

  • Happy Fifty Years, Gentrification! 14 February 2014
    ... Does Gentrification Gentrify without Gentrifiers? by Javier ArbonaGentrification doesn't need to be something that one group inflicts on another; often it's the result of aspirations everybody shares. All over the city, a small army of the earnest toils away, patiently trying to sluice some of the elitist taint off neighborhoods as they grow ri […]

RSS Emergent Urbanism

  • The Meaning of Emergent Urbanism, after A New Kind of Science 21 May 2012
    Stephen Wolfram is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the publication of A New Kind of Science, a milestone in the development of complexity science that is more significant than any other for me, as it was reading through that book in 2007 that gave me the motivation and the sense of purpose to begin writing about urbanism and complexity science.Although […]

RSS CMAP Weekly Update

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Environmental Design Research Association What’s New

  • Welcome to the Research Design Connections blog 31 October 2014
    Welcome to the Research Design Connections blog, started in 2007.  Recent blog entries are available here. Earlier blog entries (one for every working day since the beginning of May, 2007) are available to subscribers. This is a forum to discuss recent research of interest to designers. To comment on a blog entry, please send an e-mail message to sallyaugust […]

RSS Project for Public Spaces Blog

  • All Around Ireland: Finding a Place to Sit in Ireland’s Public Spaces 30 October 2014
    PPS's Communications and Outreach Manager Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman was fortunate recently to visit Ireland on a brief but informative tourist trip. Taking a moment out of the scheduled hustle, she took the opportunity to record some of the public spaces of Dublin and Galway - while searching for an elusive public seat.

RSS Cardus

RSS Sojourners: God’s Politics blog

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Archaeology

  • Three Egyptian Mummies Receive High-Tech Treatment 30 October 2014
    ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—Experts from the Washington University School of Medicine, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University teamed up to examine three Egyptian mummies with a state-of-the-art computerized tomography (CT) scanner. One of the mummies, Henut-Wedjebu, or “singer of Amun and lady of the house,” was d […]
  • Bullets Point to the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits 30 October 2014
    COUNTY FERMANAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND—In 1594, a force loyal to Queen Elizabeth I was traveling to Enniskillen Castle when it was intercepted by Irish chieftain Hugh Maguire at the Arney River. It had been thought that the ensuing Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits, named for the lost English rations that floated down the river, took place at the Drumane Bridge […]
  • Teotihuacan’s “Powder-Glittered Tunnel” Revealed 30 October 2014
    MEXICO CITY, MEXICO—Project director Sergio Gomez of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History announced that his team has completed the excavation of a 340-foot-long tunnel beneath the Temple of the Plumed Serpent at Teotihuacan. The tunnel, sealed some 1,800 years ago, contained seeds, pottery, sculptures, jewelry, shells, and animal bones. I […]
  • Seven Arrested in Egypt for Excavating Ancient Temple 30 October 2014
    GIZA, EGYPT—Ahram Online reports that seven men have been arrested for digging up an ancient temple that they discovered beneath their home. The temple dates to the reign of the New Kingdom pharaoh Tuthmose III. Police have recovered a seated colossal statue, seven carved limestone blocks, and two marble columns. The area has been declared a protected archae […]
  • Did Cave Acoustics Inspire Prehistoric Artists? 29 October 2014
    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA—The field of acoustic archaeology is growing as scientists consider the importance of sound to prehistoric cultures and their rituals. Steven Waller of Rock Art Acoustics thinks that ancient people were inspired to decorate cave walls and canyons with images of herds of animals because of the thundering echoes the formations produced. H […]
  • Unusual Sacrifices Unearthed in Peru 29 October 2014
    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—Peruvian archaeologist Gabriel Prieto and John Verano of Tulane University have expanded the excavation of a site where the sacrificed remains of 42 children and 76 young llamas were found in 2011. “This is unusual, and not what we’ve seen before, especially on the coast of Peru,” Verano told The site is close to the beach, i […]
  • Roman Sculptures Discovered in Northern England 29 October 2014
    PAPCASTLE, ENGLAND—A fertility genius thought to represent a local deity has been unearthed in a village in Cumbria. He holds a cornucopia and a patera, which are symbols of fertility. The site has also yielded the carved heads of male and female gods. The male statue wears a Phrygian cap, and may represent the god Mithras, or perhaps the god Attis, the cons […]
  • Aluminum Debris Identified as Amelia Earhart Artifact 29 October 2014
    OXFORD, PENNSYLVANIA—A piece of aluminum recovered from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, has been identified to a high degree of certainty as a patch that had been applied to Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra on a stop during her attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The repair can been seen in a photograph published in the […]
  • News from James Fort 28 October 2014
    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA—Captain John Smith wrote that the original, three-sided James Fort was expanded and given five sides sometime in 1608, with as many as 50 houses at the site by 1609. The Williamsburg Yorktown Daily reports that archaeologists from Preservation Virginia have found the outline of the expanded fort and ten buildings. They are currently excava […]
  • Achill Island, Ireland: Cromlech Tumulus: Week Fifteen 16 October 2014
    Featured: noBrief Description: During the final week of 2014 field work, we offered our assistance to the Achill Historical and Archaeological Society.The final week of field work for 2014 involved something a little different. The second week of our two week courses is based around field surveying techniques. Typically this involves recording a group of bui […]

Flickr photostream

MartinJ12;Lochgelly Final 12 10-03 62

More Photos

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 281 other followers