DSGNAGNC.com is back…

What do you do when your website is hacked and you lose over two year’s worth of content? You rebuild and add! Today we relaunch a post-hack dsgnagnc.com — with new content! Although some of our content is gone forever, you can now read about a few new projects such as: –La Casita Verde, –La Mision Campus, and –ShareWhat?!. More coming soon…

Santa Cruz Visible: Studio Report

READ THE FULL SANTA CRUZ VISIBLE STUDIO REPORT. Last semester anthropologist Alessandro Angelini and I (Quilian) co-tought a travel design studio. The studio was offered by the Design and Urban Ecologies program at Parsons, The Newschool of Design. This new masters program studies the city by emphasizing a radical collaboratively environment where designers and social/political scientists work side by side to help students gain a broad understanding of the complex economic, political, social, environmental, and physical forces that influence urban growth and development.

#FolkMoMA :: Chutes and Ladders

#FolkMoMA is a crowdsourced protest/call for design ideas to draw/sketch/photoshop/collage possibilities of interaction between the American Folk Art Museum and MoMA buildings. My quick entry to this call for ideas is Chutes and Ladders - a project that envisions what would happen if groups collectively created new paths, breaking parts of both museums to bring them together.

Casas de la Esperanza: The flexible grid

LA PRUSIA AND PROJECT CONTEXT La Prusia is located along the road that connects the city of Granada and Lake Apoyo, both among the top tourist attractions in the Central American nation of Nicaragua. This neighborhood, however, does not share the benefits of the tourist industry and has fallen into levels of extreme poverty. For many years the nonprofit Casas de la Esperanza has been helping the inhabitants of La Prusia by building homes, teaching children, and providing technical training to the local population. As part of their mission, Casas... Read The Rest →

A Call to Action for the Rights of the Neighborhoods

The following statements were read at the Friends Center and at Occupy Philly in Philadelphia’s City Hall grounds on Monday, October 10, 2011, in conjunction with the 2011 Design in Action conference.Download as PDF A Call to Action for the Rights of the Neighborhoods   “It is our duty now to begin to lay the plans and determine the strategy for rethinking the American Dream. We cannot be content, no matter how high that general standard of living may be, if some fraction of our people—whether it be one-third or one-fifth... Read The Rest →


Over at BLDGBLOG, Geoff Manaugh published a blog entry on the Political Equator 3 border crossing that took place this weekend. The entry included some images I took and thoughts I had during the weekend’s conference. The Mexico/US Border My thoughts on the border as quoted by BLDGBLOG: “Architect and designer Quilian Riano was on hand for the crossing, and these are his photographs reproduced here. By way of email, Riano described the physical terrain where they crossed beneath and through the border, remarking that the hydrological status of the... Read The Rest →

NCR classifieds #lgnlgn

The New City Reader is a temporary newspaper that was published from October 6, 2010 to January 9, 2011 as part of the Last Newspaper exhibition at the New Museum Leagues and Legions (lgnlgn) guest edited New City Reader’s Classified Section – Download the PDF Respond to any classified or other content at: http://lgnlgn.com/ “The Leagues and Legions’ New City Reader Classified section maps longing, desire, guilt and regret in the city, as well as the city’s perceived losses and expressed desires through advertisements. The classifieds, while historically and economically tied... Read The Rest →

TRANSURBAN 03/04 – A critical view of two Spanish eco-cities

In the Summer of 2009 Andrew Tenbrink (MLA ’09) and I traveled to Spain to document two (self-identified) eco-cities for publication in the TransUrban book series — published by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. We studied the policies and politics that brought these developments into being as well as the urban, landscape, and architectural techniques used to build them. Since, we have worked with GSD professors Christian Werthmann and Thomas Schroepfer and with DDes Limin Hee to finish the research, formulate a critique, and now publish two books out... Read The Rest →

J. Max Bond Jr. Memorial Lecture: Conversations/Travel

Mark Gardner from NYCOBA introduces the speakers** A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to share a stage with Peter Cook, Billie Tsien, and Ralph Appelbaum for the inaugural J. Max Bond Jr. Memorial Lecture at the Center for Architecture in New York. NYCOBA and AIANY decided that the best way to memorialize Max was to take a close look at the issues that were important to him.  For the first lecture they chose a topic very important to Max’s way of practicing: travel and its influence on architecture.... Read The Rest →

But, Today Ads Collect Us (but, we can hack them)

BUT, TODAY ADS COLLECT US Mass-production advertising is establishing our whole pattern of life – principles, morals, aims, aspirations, and standard of living. We must somehow get the measure of this intervention if we are to match its powerful and exciting impulses with our own. But Today We Collect Ads – Allison and Peter Smithson, 1956  Richard Hamilton, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, 1956 The Smithsons and Richard Hamilton collected ads. They went to their magazine stands, took their scissors, and began to... Read The Rest →

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