UrbanLab Bowling

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Bowling: Water, Architecture, Urbanism asks: Why, as a discipline, do contemporary architects counter huge crises with small ideas? Architects once thought and theorized the huge (both huge problems and huge solutions). In addition to unprecedented opportunities to design large-scale public works projects in the postwar period, architects in the 1950s and '60s eagerly took on the large-scale cultural and environmental problems of the day. Bowling seeks to reposition the contemporary debate of what a city should be by exploring how city-scaled mega-forms can become an updated architecture-based urbanism—a conjecture of what a comprehensible city could be to combat (predicted) crises—through analysis and experimentation. Through the filter of productive contemporary crises, the urban-scaled architecture project can engage and exploit existing infrastructural conditions as a catalyst for urban invention. Bowling is written by Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen and edited by Ellen Grimes with contributions by Stan Allen and John McMorrough. Book design by Rick Valicenti of Thirst and published by Applied Research + Design (AR+D) Publishing.

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