Clean Urbanism / Dirty Realism

[Cover of Issue #11 from NL-based MONU.]

The output of MONU (Magazine on Urbanism) continues to impress, and with issue #11, Bernd Upmeyer and company raise the bar. This issue is dedicated to clean urbanism and a range of responses, mostly antagonizing or shoring up sustainability and its discontents, come pouring in. An initial browse reminds me of Dominique Laporte's oft overlooked theory/survey Histoire de la Merde (trans: History of Shit) in which he charts myriad devices, urban modifications, and codes that cleaned up the contemporary city. Laporte suggests that our very identity as modern societies is intimately wrapped up within the complex management of our own waste - from language to justice to urbanism.

[The Grass is Greener by TomorrowsThoughtsToday.]

Also, appropriately enough, clean urbanism can be seen as being pleasantly complemented by dirty realism. It is the systematic marginalization of shit, literally, into the hidden pockets of the city, out of view, that maintain a clean front - from buried sewer mains to sex- and drug-trades, to offshoring. One could almost argue that our urban environments are not necessarily any cleaner just better managed and with more crap out of sight. If fact, it is likely that our cities are dirtier, if calculated in aggregate with waste that has been dispersed, traded, or sunk.

[Bio-Port: Free Energy City.]

Clean Urbanism swings across of the gamut of the recent preoccupation with eco-cities, efficiency, and landscapes of power.

Here are the complete contents:
Sci-fi Greenery ...or just Responsibility? - Samo Pedersen
Clean Cities - Dirty People - Matteo Muggianu
Dirty Consumerism - Nikonus Pappas
Coming Clean - Randall Teal
Domes over Manhattan - Interview with Gerd Hauser by Bernd Upmeyer
Rendering the Clean - Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia (WAI)
The Mobile Library Unit - John Southern
Where the Grass Is Greener - Tomorrow’sThoughtsToday
Clean around the Edges - Lee Altman
Bio-Port - Greg Keeffe and Simon Swietochowski
Zeekracht - The North Sea Masterplan - OMA
Scarcity: Bipolar Urbanism in the Sonoran Desert - Felipe Correa
Regenerative Ecologies - Claudio Astudillo Barra
Clean Energy is Dirty Business - Aleksander Tokarz
Dystopic Verdure - Jacob Ross Boswell
How to Win Poetic Praise and Influence Architects - Amanda Webb
The Cooperative City - Rogier van den Berg
Mania - Bryan Norwood and the Jackson Community Design Center

[OMA, Zeekracht, and the North Sea's perfect storm.]

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And you may purchase it as well as back issues here.

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