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Wahyu Pratomo & Kris Provoost @donotsettle on Instagram

architects/designers/urban enthusiasts in Shanghai

Do Not Settle


"We want people to appreciate the city from a new point of view."

In Do Not Settle from PechaKucha Night Breda Vol. 12, the photographic research study by Wahyu Pramoto and Kris Provoost captures the ever-changing megacity of Shanghai from a new angle. Rooftops have long been inaccessible and neglected usually only used as a place to store mechanical equipment, however these platform open up a new opportunity to study the rapid change happening in this world financial hub.

The observations show the rich history of Shanghai’s urbanism and reveals the unfair fight currently happening where Shanghai’s heritage is losing against the overpowering pressure of the shiny skyscrapers.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 27th, 2017. 

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I Do Want Ugliness in My Landscape

@ VOL 5 ON OCT 28, 2011

The quality of territories which, after being insulted (first by the
Market, as unproductive, and now by the State, as ugly), need new stories and arguments to keep development open. This presentation is in Spanish.

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Architecture in Toronto

@ VOL 11 ON NOV 03, 2011

Shawn Micallef analyses the often derided architecture of Toronto, and its mixture of modern and antique buildings, usually adjacent or actually encroaching on one another. He makes the argument that, while traditionally beautiful cities like Paris or Prague may retain a romanticized image, Toronto's lack of boundaries when it comes to maintaining a determined style allows it to experiment and create much livelier streets and sprawls.

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Show and Tell - Building Communication

@ VOL 23 ON SEP 17, 2014

Archigraphus invents and builds all kinds of constructed interventions in architectural and urban space. By confronting people with architecture, landscape and urbanism in a playful, entertaining and hopefully sustainable way, Archigraphus creates a sense of acceptance, always re-thinking the awareness of the spot and its position in past, present and future.

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Temporary Space, Permanent Good

@ VOL 14 ON OCT 16, 2014

Julienne Chen of the Mayor's Innovation Team discusses several examples of temporary initaitives to activate public space for pubic good.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 5, 2015.

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What Architecture Can Do

@ VOL 7 ON NOV 29, 2014

Toru Oba discuss the impact of architecture on life, and how local adaptations can be applied to other circumstances.

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University of Tennessee Governor's Chair for Energy and Urbanism

@ VOL 19 ON MAY 12, 2016

What can we do together that we can't do individually? This is the
question that serves to unite the efforts of UT College of Architecture
and Design, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and ORNL as partners in
the Governor's Chair for Energy and Urbanism. Based in the
downtown FabLab and taught in conjunction with Phil Enquist and
others from SOM and ORNL, the Governor's Chair studios challenge
students to tackle tough design problems. One such challenge is the
architectural application of additive manufacturing or 3D printing. In
the spring of 2015 a graduate architecture studio was tasked with
developing an understanding of the opportunities and limitations of
this new technology. These findings foregrounded the design and
construction of the AMIE prototype. More akin to natural processes
like seashell growth than familiar construction, the process of
designing and building AMIE has created a platform for global
leadership in this emerging field for UT, SOM, and ORNL.

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Pop Up Urbanism – Black Rock City

@ VOL 16 ON NOV 12, 2016

What happens when some friends start having a Summer solstice bonfire on the beach? Well, if you keep it up long enough you end up building the 3rd largest city in Nevada for 70,000 radical self-expressionists for one week a year, and then erasing all trace of it until the next solstice. Thom White has been participating for a number of years and shares his insider knowledge of Black Rock City and the Burning Man Festival.

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Hiking up Table Mountain every day in 2018

@ VOL 48 ON MAY 08, 2018

In the face of so much negativity in the news, Andrew has sought to create a positive story to raise money and awareness for organisations doing amazing work in the country (like Habitat for Humanity). By hiking up Table Mountain EVERY DAY during 2018, he wants to show South Africans that together we can do incredible things.

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From Formal Urbanism to Informed Spatial Practice

@ VOL 29 ON MAY 31, 2019

JASON HILGEFORT from Land+Civilization Compositions shares his view on how informal and small scale infrastructures can work with local initiatives to improve and shape our cities and rural communities.