Geoff Manaugh

Co-Director Studio-X NYC & Assistant Adjunct Professor, Columbia GSAPP
Geoff Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book, former senior editor of Dwell magazine and a contributing editor at Wired UK. In addition to lecturing on a broad range of architectural topics at museums and design schools around the world, and freelancing for such publications as The New York Times, Domus, and Abitare, Manaugh has taught at Columbia University, USC, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Technology, Sydney. In August 2011, he became co-director of Studio-X New York.
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Recent posts

04/04/2012

The Independent has a story on the fictional mobile biological lab that served as an excuse for war:

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi “claimed to have overseen the building of a mobile biological laboratory when he sought political asylum in Germany in 1999. His lies were presented as “facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence” by Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, when making the case for war at the UN Security Council in February 2003.”

“But Mr Janabi, speaking in a two-part series, Modern Spies, starting tomorrow on BBC2, says none of it was true. […]”

“US officials “sexed up” Mr Janabi’s drawings of mobile biological weapons labs to make them more presentable, admits Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, General Powell’s former chief of staff. “I brought the White House team in to do the graphics,” he says, adding how “intelligence was being worked to fit around the policy”.”

 
04/04/2012

In the hands of City of Mobile Services student Mitch Bush, Governor’s Island has become a mobile bio-engineered heart farming and fulfillment service.

 
04/04/2012

George Dolidze and Ehsaan Mesgali are experimenting with a variety of ideas for a mobile Storefront for Art and Architecture.

 
04/04/2012

A helpful resource: the public access portal to the New York City Administrative Code and the Rules of the City of New York.

 
04/04/2012

The city fights back against ice-cream jingles…

Peter Smith, writing for the Smithsonian, quotes New York City’s noise code (PDF):

“Ice cream is a refreshing summer treat and ice cream trucks traveling on city streets are important summer traditions, but their repetitious jingles create a community nuisance and disrupt the lives of nearby residents. To alleviate this problem, the new noise code prohibits the playing of jingles while any type of food vending vehicle is stationary. Jingles may only be played when vehicles are in motion, traveling through neighborhoods.”

 
04/04/2012

Choosing a site for a mobile gallery is fraught with challenges….

 
04/04/2012

An Activist Mobile Retreat, designed by Mobile Studio in response to Le Corbusier’s Cabanon, in which “The architecture and location of the AMR and its boundaries fluctuates in response to current political activity, moving to where the action is.”

 
04/04/2012

Mobile Studio, a British architecture practice, designed a portable gallery for UCL:

“The gallery is made of a series of demountable components which enables easy installation in a host of public realm venues for UCL Museum’s outreach programme. The gallery is designed to display one museum artefact at a time and can accommodate up to three people.”

“The gallery is made of composite lightweight recycled paper honey-comb panels, which are laminated with a tiled mirror finish on the internal surfaces.”

 
04/04/2012

Don Bugito, a San Francisco-based edible insect company, is raising money on Kickstarter to launch a food truck. For just a $5 pledge, you will receive the secret recipe for their Toffee Mealworm Ice-cream…

 
04/01/2012

City of Mobile Services student Chris Geist attended a Public Laboratory balloon mapping workshop with me this weekend. His Boy Scout skills came in handy as we tied lots of knots, learned how to build a stable protective housing using an Ocean Spray bottle, and then filled and launched a helium balloon with camera attached in Union Square. If it’s not too windy this week, Chris will be using this rig to shoot aerial infrared vegetation analyses photos, to help map the route for his mobile seed distribution service.