so, this is how they live

I just picked up something great off the deck of the SS Trudeau (something which Scott had snagged from the World Changing site on one of his knowledge plundering expeditions), a wonderful little mention of a activist architecture prank group called Heavy Trash and a recent project of theirs in LA which called for several orange viewing towers to be setup outside of exclusive gated communities. Here’s a clip from the Heavy Trash site:

On April 24, 2005, Heavy Trash volunteers deposited bright orange viewing platforms in front of three Los Angeles gated communities; Brentwood Circle, Park La Brea and Laughlin Park. The purpose of these viewing platforms is to draw attention to the phenomenon of gated communities — the fastest growing form of housing in the United States. “There are now more than 1 million homes behind such walls in the greater Los Angeles area alone,” according to Setha Low, a professor at the City University of New York.

Brilliant, simple, beautiful.

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  1. Posted May 3, 2005 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Inspired idea. Gated communities are the fastest-growing form of housing? Depressing.

  2. mark
    Posted May 3, 2005 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    I loved it. It was one of the most beautiful, inspired things I’ve seen in some time… the kind of idea I dream of having.

  3. Posted May 4, 2005 at 1:32 am | Permalink

    From this month’s Harper’s Index:

    Ratio in America of mobile homes to gated communities: 1:1

  4. mark
    Posted May 4, 2005 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    If only we could get them to fight one another.

  5. Jim
    Posted May 4, 2005 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Maybe we could fit the mobile homes with battering rams.

  6. mark
    Posted May 6, 2005 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Lovely idea, Jim.

  7. john galt
    Posted July 2, 2005 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Please ask “Master” webmaster Steven to do something to block the blog spam robots… Do you even have a robots.txt file?

  8. mark
    Posted July 4, 2005 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, Andy…. I’ll take care of it… Oh, and you don’t mind if I call you Andy from now on, do you John?

  9. john galt
    Posted July 5, 2005 at 7:32 pm | Permalink


    You’re paranoid.. Dunno who Andy is.. But if you want to call me that, its probably nicer than the other things you’ve called me “Hate Filled Troll” comes to mind, Maybe you should chill out with Chris and have a joint.

  10. chris
    Posted July 5, 2005 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Sorry John. You took me figuratively, as in “the insurgency is in its last throes”. No, see when I said I was stoned I meant it literally. As in, I was caught kissing the same sex and Christian fundamentalists egged on by self serving Republicans, threw stones at me. And as a result I was rendered…well, silly actually.

  11. john galt
    Posted July 6, 2005 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I for one support two women kissing (unless they’re really ugly)

  12. chris
    Posted July 6, 2005 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    HEEEY! You remembered I am a woman. Alright!

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