colin ward

colin ward

saturday, june 25, 2011

robert greco

exploding school – cool jets dsmalgarden
via @MaryAnnReillywhat robert is working on  who’s Colin Ward?
thank you @rogre
the gradual anarchist – remembering Colin Ward via Stan Cohen
and robert’s collection on ward

wednesday, july 6, 2011

mary ann rielly

on getting lost: losing oneself
incredible art images..
great quote:

“Not to find one’s way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance–nothing more. But to lose oneself in a city–as one loses oneself in a forest– that calls for quite a different schooling.” – Walter Benjamin

just recieved colin ward’s the child in the city.. can’t wait to dig in

and on the rhapsody of things as they are
Mary Ann models how curiosities come alive when you are free to be lost

all lovely dear. thank you.

saturday, july 30, 2011

children being in the world

thank you Jodhbir

boredom is a disease of the modern world

what a great combo with colin ward’s the child in the city


saturday, july 30, 2011

child in the city

can a playground be too safegreat combo with the book i’m reading.. the child in the city, colin ward

monday, august 8, 2011

colin ward

just finishing up the child in the city.
so many correlations to the lab.
wondering where we’d be if we’d read the book 3 years ago….
would it resonate as much? would we be further along.
nonetheless.. so refreshing to read about things you are doing/crafting.
love it. what a great resource.wikipedia
died feb 2010. ugh.

monday, march 12, 2012

peter kageyama

for the love of cities

  • di cicco.. italian born priest
  • he talked about something so important, so basic and so primal that i was shocked to my core by the glaring absence of its mention in the past. he spoke of love.
  • arts and culture are what make a city fall in love with itself
  • why aren’t we falling in love with our cities..
  • in a city, [from soul of community survey, via gallup organization and the knight foundation]
  • 24% attached (far from being in love)
  • 36% neutral
  • 49% unattached
  • city made by relatively small group of co-creators.. one percent of one percent
  • we place the car at the center of our thinking about cities (reminded by of colin ward’s child in the city)
  • public space means very little when you are in your car at 45 mph. it means far more when you are walking through it
  • we want more spaces to sit down when we are tired, .. what can everyone do to make everyone feel at ease in their city.. wallage, mayor of groningen, netherlands
  • defining is limiting, i cannot tell you how to love your city.
  • notes landry: if you think of the city as a mechanical thing.. you tend to come up with mechanical solutions. if you think of the city as an organism.. suddenly it’s all about relationships.
  • in contexts like council meetings, we act as if those terms are inappropriate to the serious work of city making.
  • happier citizens are healthier both physically and mentally, live longer and enjoy more success at work
  • soul of community.. 3 yr study, 28,000 people in 26 cities interviewed..magic ingredients to community satisfaction:
  • 3) aesthetics
  • 2) social offereings
  • 1) openness
  • the first steps toward creativity, simple curiosity.   chalres landry
  • build emotional connections
  • people are moved by far more than just money
  • soccernomics, kuper & syymanski talk about soccer rising to prominence where it meant more
  • what we seek once our core needs have been met is meaning, meaningful work/play/connections
  • is our city playground rich? open to experimentation?
  • no one falls in love with a place because of maintenance issues
  • love/hate index, chris miller, savannah, georgia
  • we want to be comfortable in love, to be able to relax and just be ourselves.
  • in our cities, the 3rd space (not home, not work) remains the coffee shop
  • wifi – huge – because connection is huge
  • food, books,
  • make cities more walkable
  • walkable cities are also more democratic
  • walking also allows for improvisation, a key ingredient in discovery and curiosity
  • dog walkers are the eyes on the street, public safety
  • how does your city look from outsiders.. the first time a person arrives
  • the city is a venue, a stage, a playground, a canvas, a meeting place and a market, as well as a its other more traditional definitions
  • accept spontaneous behavior. ie: young people are skating close to the city hall. they make a lot of noise and people get frightened.
  • but i think that when young people are skating in the heart of the city you should be glad.
  • increase the people watching potential of the city, and you increase fun and overall satisfaction
  • have newspapers write about what’s next…
  • we don’t need to produce more stuff, we just need to shine a brighter light on the things that are already going on..and celebrate the stories that are happening
  • take people by the hand and intro them to the city they live in but don’t actually know
  • i am a people architect, working to humanize cities – Jan Gehl
  • urban citizenship: unprecedented connectivity, desire to make, restless nature.. often refuses to ask permission
  • change the convo.

the answers are everywhere, but are we asking the right questions…

  • create the space to operate
  • wanting change to happen can be seen as rebellion, particularly by those most entrenched by the status quo
  • when you get close to people.. anything can be accomplished
  • ah, man, these white kids are takin’ over the city… i say, naw, they’re filling the gaps.  – larry mongo, detroit
  • ..the undeniable longing of wanting to do better today than you did yesterday..robert fogarty, new orleans
  • do you need a complete disaster to shake loose the ossified sediment in communities that prevents change?
  • the corporate and political class of the city has to understand the role of this bottom-up energy and not squelch that enthusiasm
  • if you embed yourself in that world, you can’t help but fall in love with the city  claire nelson, detroit
  • on co creators.. what are they chasing that motivates them to go where so many others literally fear to tread?.. meaning.
  • meaning and purpose come not from what you buy, but from what you make. when opportunities arise for us to make meaningful places, we are drawn to them.
  • these cities suffer in quiet desperation, dying a little everyday by the slow but inevitable accretion of global change. it is in the cities that have been shocked out of their complacency that we see the potential power that resides in every community…. muster the will to change.
  • for the most part you can’t pay these people to do something that they don’t already want to do.
  • they do these things because of who they are
  • stimulation rather than motivation…create a pulse, excitement, fun, energy
  • creativity is a natural resource but unlike oil or coal, the more of it you use, the more you generate
  • most of us will not act on these impulses but potentially all of us can
  • we need to expand our thinking on the value of emotional connectivity and find ways to engage the human heart, which i believe will prove to be the most powerful tool ever unleashed in the development of our communities..
  • every place has people who love it. find them. bring them together, ask them for their help.

spot on Peter..
grazie… looking forward to your visit to our city


saturday, march 24, 2012

janet jones

great pics of space (fitting with Colin Ward’s child in the city/country)design at its purest..looks like some connection with austin center for design as well – Alex?…

sunday, february 12, 2012

eric mazur

twilight of the lecture
talk on lecture jan 20 2012
(did Carl Wieman share this at some point? i saw Mazur explaining in much same way, but like 4 years ago – that’s how we jumpstarted self-directed pre ap alg 2.)

Dr Mazur, should i answer according to the way you taught me or according to the way i usually think about these things..shift from teaching to helping to learn

The danger with lucid lectures—of which we have so many on this campus, with so many brilliant people—is that they create the illusion of teaching for teachers, and the illusion of learning for learners,

If learning is indeed a social experience, then a “party school”—of a certain kind—just might offer the richest learning environment of all.

or via Dave Cormier, community as curriculum.
per choice..
Colin Ward, child playing in the city.. no?

assessment drives everything.. and we have prove teaching to test doesn’t work.he lets kids bring anything in to test.80% of my previous assess ?’s would have been worthless if i had done open book.

what about self-assess… as key..
manifest on public ed  – amazing how fitting to our work today.

harvard edu – how to teach better 

from previous
ap testing and courses

via davidson post

Carl Wieman


wednesday, march 21, 2012

mark raymond

changing conversations…

big idea in design – sustainability

architecture is the making of a city over time

colin ward – child in the city, child in the country
peter kageyama – for the love of cities
cameron sinclair – how design can change a placewe want to create equitable society, remove stigma…
bring people together.connect.

thanks for the intro Nabil


thursday, march 15, 2012

Colin ward

absolutely loved his.. child in the city.. now reading child in the country.the city, he found was itself an education:whether this Ed is good or bad is another matter; but here it is, this unconscious Ed which is so much more powerful than the one by compulsion;

friday, march 30, 2012

rob mcinstosh

the metacity  – the frog

The Metacity

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just finished the triumph of the city – edward glaeser, child in the country – colin ward, and smart mobs- howard rheingold – so fitting..


anarchism ness


via Kevin 2014:

the anarchist thought of Colin Ward:

Ward’s description of anarchism…

Anarchism (the origin of the word is the Greek phrase meaning contrary to authority) seeks a self-organising society: a network of autonomous free associations for the satisfaction of human needs. Inevitably this makes anarchists advocates of social revolution, for the means of satisfying these needs are in the hands of capitalists, bureaucratic, private or governmental monopolies.

have/need ness – as govt

Much like David Graeber, Ward can be said to have taken an anthropological approach to anarchism. Ward’s approach to anarchism, and his understanding of its basic concepts, is a direct outgrowth of his experience of everyday life as a working person, and his personal observation of others going about their normal business.

As David Goodway describes it: “It is Ward’s vision of anarchism, along with his many years of working in architecture and planning, that account for his concentration on ‘anarchist applications’ or ‘anarchist solutions’ to ‘immediate issues in which people are actually likely to get involved….”

deep enough, simple enough, open enough.. ness for the 99. and 1.

Ward is primarily concerned with the forms of direct action, in the world of the here-and-now, which are “liberating the great network of human co-operation.” Back in 1973 he considered that “the very growth of the state and its bureaucracy, the giant corporation and its privileged hierarchy… are… giving rise to parallel organisations, counter organisations, alternative organisations, which exemplify the anarchist method”; and he proceeded to itemise the revived demand for workers’ control, the de-schooling movement, self-help therapeutic groups, squatter movements and tenants’ co-operatives, food co-operatives, claimants’ unions, and community organisations of every conceivable kind. During the following thirty years he additionally drew attention to self-build activities (he was been [sic] particularly impressed by achievements in the shanty towns in the poor countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia), co-operatives of all types, the informal economy, and LETS….

This set him apart from the rest of the writers in the Freedom Press Group; his preoccupation with everyday life and ordinary people solving practical problems didn’t fit in with their conception of anarchism at all.

Ward had no use for an anarchism that didn’t grow from the practical experience of everyday life:


jan 2015

Colin Ward’s Anarchism

As he saw it, social institutions should be organized in ways which are “(1) voluntary (2) functional (3) temporary and (4) small….Let us find ways in which the large scale functions can be broken down into functions capable of being organized by small functional groups and then link these groups in a federal manner.” (W & W; 48) Consistent with this, “anarchist theory of organization,” he wrote, was “the theory of spontaneous order: that given a common need, a collection of people will, by trial and error, by improvisation and experiment, evolve order out of chaos—this order being more durable and more closely related to their needs than any kind of externally imposed order.” (W & W 49)

Ward’s strategy was, first of all, to look for ways in which autonomous organizing was already going on, in the cracks and at the margins of the established society. He referred to this (citing Herzen) as “seeds beneath the snow.” He discussed the history of squatters, in the city and the country, describing how people built their own housing.

.. he warned about developing global ecological crises (in 1973!). He referred to the imperial countries using up nonrenewable resources, including fossil fuels, the draining of “Third World” countries, rising pollution, and “the non-viability of future economic growth.” (W & W; 258) He cited the claim of a radical ecologist that the solution lay in building “a network of self-sufficient, self-regulating, communities.” (same)


city ness