Samba on the Street: Friday Night in Mangueira, a... →
My friend Galdino, rapper from the Brazilian hip hop group OBANDO brought me to this street samba one Friday after work.
Favela of Santa Marta →
World Cup 2014: The pacification of favela... →
Obsessed with Bonde de Tigrao right now..Here's... →
Carlos Negreiros & ensemble at Music School in Rio →
Singing at music school in the neighborhood of Larangeiras, Rio for taping of “Aglomerado,” a program for TV Brasil.
Lucas playing guitar →
MV Bill prepping youth to talk on camera yesterday →
For one segment of “Aglomerado” a series for TV Brazil, Mv Bill is interviewing youth to open conversation on social issues, their goals, and other views.
This is exactly what I’m exploring..
UPP in Brazil →
Lapa is an up-and-coming neighborhood of Rio with a burgeoning arts community, tons of live music, restaurants, and great nightlife in general whether you’re in the club or just hanging on the street.
Farofa Carioca-Band at soundcheck →
This was for CUFA’s taping of “Aglomerado,” a Brazilian public tv show.
NPR in Brazil & The Uncountables
Tonight I had dinner in Lapa, an up-and-coming, sort of bohemian area of Rio. It’s the Williamsburg, Brooklyn of Rio, if you will. A group of us went to a restaurant that offered sushi, other Japanese dishes, and also traditional Brazilian fare. I had a soba with squid as well as some grilled fish, brown rice and salad. Might as well mention here that beer in Rio is Always Cold. You’ve...
I met yesterday with Laura, a friend of a friend who works for the City of Rio. Her group provides, what they call “PR,” which, in this case, is government-sponsored information, on transportation, security, and other infrastructural occurrences, via Twitter, Facebook, and other forms of media. This will be increasingly critical information as tourism continues to climb in Rio as a...
Rio: Finding the Balance and Catching the Wave
I’m finally here in Rio! Welcome to my blog, which will cover this two-month stay. It will include absolutely anything during this time period from work to play. Hoping to do lots of both. As much as I’m looking forward to surf lessons, however, I’m here for something more: 1) to analyze solutions for sustainable development (particularly in the favelas) as it pertains to...
Have To Pee? Read our Design Brief First!
Project Description Due to a perceived lack of access to public restrooms in New York City, Alison and I decided to explore the matter further. We wanted to know if the general public thought that there was a lack of facilities and if so, whether we could help by providing a useful resource. Even today, the Visitors Center in Times Square does not offer information (printed or otherwise) on...
I Have To Pee! →
Henri Bendel: The Best Public Restroom in NYC,...
“When I lived in New York, I used to pride myself on knowing arcane knowledge like how to 2nd act a Broadway show (dress nice, walk back in with the intermission crowd) or where to look for my 4th stolen bicycle (Thompkins Square Park) or the best bathroom in whichever neighborhood. The best public bathroom in the whole city is at Henri Bendel’s — in the basement. You get a...
tenochvalley: Our economy (and increasingly society) is set up to grant access through consumption. Restroom access is a perfect case study of this general observation. NYC, with millions of residents, commuters, and tourists, has a serious lack of public restrooms. This lack of public facilities often forces people people to consume something, or appear to be consuming something, in order to...
a pictoral history of the term sustainability →
Have to Pee? Ask me.
tenochvalley: Check out our presentation on public restrooms in NYC http://cargocollective.com/urbanexplorer
Toilet Talk: Times Square & Saifi Villages (I and...
As Allison and I have been examining bathroom/toilet access in Times Square, we asked one of our colleagues in Beirut if they might suggest a comparable part of town where there is heavy traffic, tourism and commerce. We were directed to Saifi Village… Saifi Village and Saifi Village II are, from what I can tell from reading online, examples of urban development of epic proportions. An...
Toilets Invade Downtown Beirut →
“In commemoration of the progress we have made since the end of our civil war, crappers* have been installed where once a hundred thousand fell…”
Safi Village's Website →
Online Bathroom Survey: FAQ
These questions by the American Bathroom Association would be particularly useful when taking a survey in NYC. Gathering the public’s responses would help bridge the gaps between: 1) Government officials understanding of the level of need for public restrooms in NYC with 2) What the public believes that they actually need This, combined with our map of public facilities that presently...
How to survive in NYC with a lack of public... →
Reinventing the Public Restroom Experience: Universal Design Firm sheds light on the network of private bathrooms and public facilities in NYC..Citizens give their feedback on using these facilities and their suggested designs for public restrooms.
Potty Parity Act: A good start... →
This act mandates at least an equal number of facilities for women as there are for men in federal buildings and new construction…But what about the placement of restrooms to begin with? Should there be a standard number of available public restrooms per city block?
The Implications of Poor Restroom Design →
The Waterless City →
What every graphic design student should know (but... →
Culture guide to bathrooms in NYC: Clean Bathrooms...
WNYC gets in on the bathroom issue →
aol travel takes on the bathrooms
The Quest for Public Toilets… http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/19/a-gift-of-potties-the-latest-in-a-quest-for-public-toilets/
48.8 million tourists visited NYC in 2010... →
Food is one way that people cope during war →
Destroying our food supply (not to mention... →
The Little People Project →
urbnHEXplorer: The project aims to expose the lack... →
tenochvalley: The project aims to expose the lack of access to basic human necessities in urban areas, specifically potable water and toilets. Access to these elemental components of human life are too often only available in for profit or private establishments, forcing people to become consumers in exchange…
Flowers in Union Square →
**Because the video is experiencing audio complications, below is a transcript of the dialogue. Title: Union Square Farmers Market David: Hi My name is David and I work at the Green Market. This market’s a little different, it’s a hub market, it’s the largest market in New York City. .So it’s a little bit more of a draw..it’s a draw market. Some people come from all over…all the boroughs to...
Strange buildings of the world →
Trailer for Julian Schnabel's "Miral" →