➔ Corner Solutions of Mies Van Der Rohe’s towers — Details from a 1972 issue of Architectural Review, via SOCKS Studio.
➔ Options for the East West Connection — NZTAs proposals for linking the Southern and Southwestern motorways through the Mangere Inlet area. Options E and F are particularly grievous: completely severing any possibility of connection to the water along the northern edge of the Inlet, and ignoring current uses.
➔ The Tragedy of Enclosure, George Monbiot — "The ‘Tragedy of the Commons’ is one of the modern world’s most dangerous myths… When communities own the land they make the laws, and develop them to suit their own needs. Everyone is responsible for ensuring that everyone else obeys them. As landlords take over, it is their law that prevails".
Infrastructure as a new commons
Frischmann proposes that infrastructures are resources that should be thought of and managed as commons:
Specifically, infrastructural resources satisfy the following criteria:
(1) The resource may be consumed nonrivalrously for some appreciable range of demand.
(2) Social demand for the resource is driven primarily by downstream productive activity that requires the resource as an input.
(3) The resource may be used as an input into a wide range of goods and services, which may include private goods, public goods, and social goods. (Frischmann, 2012)
This aligns with the idea that infrastructure is fundamentally an element of an industrial economy, but it takes a wider scope, allowing for forms of production, use, and value that may not be of immediate economic value. Treating infrastructure as a resource is interesting in itself, and the idea of linking this to the commons, a principle effectively eliminated by the rise of capitalism is also appealing.
Frischmann, B. M. (2012). Infrastructure. The social value of shared resources. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
➔ Drones set to guard NZ coast — I’m surprised the NZ defence forces, Department of Conservation and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries aren’t already using UAVs.
➔ Saint Sophia in Istanbul : an architectural survey. — Beautiful drawing set by Robert L. van Nice (1965-1986). Personal favourites are pl. 1 ‘General plan at ground level’ and pl.29 ‘Plan of dome at cornice’.
➔ Mapnificent — Dynamic travel time maps for walking, cycling and using public transport.