The fifth anniversary of the launch of Urban Omnibus has offered a moment to pause and reflect on the hundreds of ideas, places, individuals, and groups that have found expression on the site—from waste systems to city government; urban ecology to housing.
To mark the occasion and call out some of the many highlights, assistant editors Gabriel Silberblatt and Jonathan Tarleton look back at themes that have emerged in the publication over time and think about what those threads reveal about the needs, desires, and priorities of the city today. Links to those theme posts on Urban Omnibus are presented below, as well as photos from the 2014 Block Party, a benefit event to celebrate this significant milestone.
Published: March 24, 2014
Photos from the Urban Omnibus 2014 benefit, celebrating the project’s first five years, with a projection installation produced in collaboration with Nuit Blanche New York.
Highlighting five years of work on housing published on Urban Omnibus and what it reveals about our collectively held beliefs, priorities, and aspirations for urban life.
Reflecting on how diagrams, maps, drawing, photography, and film can enhance our understanding of personal experience and spur new ways of interacting with the places around us.
Gathering the products of Urban Omnibus contributors’ prolonged, analytical, and thoughtful observation of the city.
Considering these individuals and groups and the lessons for how change is made at varying scales—neighborhood, city, state, and nation.
Reviewing how understanding the city’s embedded history can inform the implementation of ideas to improve its future.
Taking a look back at infrastructure that probes the intersection between climate change, land use planning, environmental engineering, public health, open space, and community activism.
Examines how waterways bolster economic vitality, expand access to recreation, diversify distribution infrastructures, and improve our relationship with ecological systems.
A look back at the work produced in academic studio settings that has been covered on Urban Omnibus.
Considering waste in the city and the tremendous financial, material, and human resources we expend to make it “disappear.”
Surveying Urban Omnibus coverage of urban ecosystems and the ways in which we can harness ecological restoration for the benefit of humans and larger systems.
A look at artists’ relationship with the city, as they draw inspiration from, engage with, and intervene in the physical and cultural environment of New York.
Transportation networks reveal intersecting political jurisdictions, the process of large-scale planning, changing technologies, real estate development, and the places those networks connect.
Considering how Urban Omnibus has covered exploration and the many curiosities and wonders across the city that are hidden in plain sight, locked away, or forgotten but waiting to be unearthed.
Taking a look at some of the innovative strategies and policies that city agencies employ to build a better city.
Looking at streets and their foundational role at the figurative intersection of many interests as transportation infrastructure, recreational space, real estate structure, and canvas.
Engaging with the neighborhood scale in pieces on immigrant experience, economic opportunity, and artists as creators, interpreters, and planners.
Gathering work that reveals sites, projects, landscapes, infrastructures, and systems that are important to the making and maintenance of the city.
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View lecture videos, read roundtable conversations, and see profiles on each of the eight 2016 Emerging Voices.
Sticks by Hou de Sousa was the winner of Folly 2016. Read an essay on this functional structure by Pasqualina Azzarello, Socrates Director of Public Programs; a roundtable discussion featuring the designers among other participants; and a look at this year’s other notable competition entries.
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