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Nigerians killed in anti-gang sweep
Nigerian troops take on gangs in the Niger Delta but several civilians are reported killed as forces sweep through camps, searching for gang members.
The Shape Song
A song about the shapes. (03:14)
The Phoenix Mars Lander and Its Mission
This video chronicles the Phoenix mission, from landing day on Mars to the end of its prime mission. It is brief but give a broad overview of the mission and its objectives.
Passing and Receiving (6 Steps to Soccer Success - 3)
This video, part of a six-part series on the foundational skills of soccer, deals with passing and receiving. Run time 02:10.
Housing the Lowest Income Americans: The Past, Present and Future of Public Housing
Vale provides a historical overview of public housing in America and shares insights from his most recent book Reclaiming Public Housing. He shows provocative images from early advertisements to demonstrate some of society’s long held attitudes toward public housing and those who live in public housing. He analyses government pol
ME++ The Cyborg Self and the Networked City
Throughout history, humans have created unique physical spaces in which to live, work and socialize. But the digital age has completely transformed the places in which we conduct our affairs, according to William J. Mitchell. We don’t congregate at the town bank any more for financial transactions. We visit ATMs or bank online.
The University as Patron of Cutting Edge Architecture
William Mitchell opens this session by describing MIT as an “enormously critical place.” The Stata Center, during its design and construction, fed the campus “attitude of not taking anything for granted and rethinking premises.” So it’s no surprise that debate and some sparring ensue during this spirited panel.
The University as Patron of Cutting Edge Architecture
The opening of The Ray and Maria Stata Center, MIT’s latest innovative building, inspires this panel’s historical review of collegiate architecture projects. James Ackerman provides the longest lens, focusing first on the earliest, national trends, when buildings served as both residences and classrooms. In the 18th century
The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy
Bridges serve a utilitarian purpose, but they should also please the eye. David P. Billington celebrates an influential group of Swiss structural engineers who forged a tradition of bridge-building in the 20th century that united form and function with unprecedented grace. His lecture describes the offerings of an exhibit at the MIT Museu
(eco)Logical: Greening the 21st Century City
Without much national fanfare, Chicago has transformed itself into a paragon of green virtue. The remarkable achievements cited by Mayor Daley include: converting nearly every inch of the city’s 26 miles of lakefront to public use, including parks, fountains, bike paths, theatre and concert space; planting 1.6 mi
Voices from New Orleans: Design and Planning Diaspora
There is general agreement that to call New Orleans home means “living with danger, dangerously,” as William Barry put it. You’re “relieved when you dodge the big one, but the big one was always going to come,” says Lawrence Jenkens. So now that it has come, what next?
There’s a consensus here that m
Rebuilding New Orleans: An Opportunity to Re-Energize the Planning Profession?
There’s no love lost between Kristina Ford and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin; he made it clear that she was not welcome as the city’s main planner when he assumed office. The bone Ford has to pick is not merely with the current mayor and his notion of a casino- and hotel-dominated New Orleans, but with a wrongheaded plan
Placing Words: Symbols, Space, and the City
The evolution of architecture resembles nothing so much as the fleshing out and refinement of an organism, in William Mitchell’s condensed account. In pre-industrial times, architecture was “fundamentally skeleton and skin—a structure that protects and keeps out the weather.” The industrial era brought an incre
Is There a Black Architect in the House?
“If there is any kind of profession that’s gotten away with a kind of benign neglect of diversifying itself over the course of last 30 years, it’s architecture,” says Ted Landsmark. With one chart after another, he plots the dismal record of design schools, firms and professional associations in modifyin
Global Resources and the Built Environment
With staggering statistics, John Fernandez persuades his audience that rapidly expanding urban centers are consuming too much of the world’s resources, setting the stage for global crisis. Yet Fernandez counters his own bleak picture with some bright examples of design that could help humans live within thei
Rebuilding the City of New Orleans: Working Across Sectors to Achieve a Common Goal
It took John Fernandez more than a year just to begin to understand the political players and competing interests in New Orleans, and so it is no surprise to him that coming up with a common goal for rebuilding the city, much less a “resource efficient one,” proves elusive.
Nevertheless, Fernandez and other
The City Car
William Mitchell and Ryan Chin propose an attractive alternative to the carbon-belching, gas-guzzling autos clogging our thoroughfares, a vision that is as much about transforming cities as about remaking cars. The City Car, a tiny, electric-powered, foldable, stackable vehicle, is their solution to freeing urban centers
Podcast 7: Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange, on the importance of governments working
At London Business School's Up Close speaker event in February 2010, Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange says that "global financial regulation is around the corner"