Daley Plaza, Chicago, 1969, Chicago. Pol Bury
For decades, city and state governments have seen contracting as a cost-saving panacea. But past experience has left some of today’s policymakers more skeptical.
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"In many cases, Donahue said, privatization and contracting save governments money not through increased efficiency but by undercutting public-sector wages and pensions or, as in the case of [Chicago’s] parking meters, by effectively robbing the future to pay for the needs of the present. (By mid-2011, the city had spent all but $125 million of the $1.2 billion parking-meter payment.)"
Earth Day with David Byrne: David Byrne's Tight Spot, presented under the High Line in 2011, is an inflatable audio installation of low frequency pulses, tremors, and rumbles which emanate from the 40-foot globe. Byrne has commented on the phenomenon of “humans squishing their planet,” noting that Earth is no longer a “planet of clouds, deep blue oceans, beige deserts and swaths of green jungle.” Read more about Byrne’s installation here.
Buenos, Aires, Argentina
The planned city of La Plata, the capital city of the Province of Buenos Aires, is characterized by its strict grid pattern. At the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, the new city was awarded two gold medals for the “City of the Future” and “Better performance built.”
Mexico City, Mexico
The tightly gridded streets of Nezahualcóyotl, a municipality of Mexico City, are home to some of the capital’s poorest citizens who have often migrated there from other parts of the country.
Invasive Species | Dillon Marsh
In 1996 a palm tree appeared almost overnight in a suburb of Cape Town.This was the world’s first ever disguised cell phone tower. Since then these trees have spread across the city, South Africa and the rest of the world.
Invasive Species explores the relationship between the environment and the disguised towers of Cape Town and its surrounds.