Diigo Bookmarks 08/30/2008 (a.m.)

August 29, 2008 at 5:31 pm | In Uncategorized | Comments Off on Diigo Bookmarks 08/30/2008 (a.m.)
  • Found via …? Kazys Varnelis?, Geoff at BLDGBLOG? (can’t place it, but at some smart blog I read), an essay by Bernard Languillier about how the digital process is changing our relationship with printed images. It’s a to-read-later piece for me right now – haven’t had time to read it thoughtfully yet, but it promises some compelling insights (something a bit better than Emily Gould’s recent piece in MIT’s Technology Review, “It’s not a revolution if nobody loses,” which ostensibly bases itself on Walter Benjamin’s pivotal essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”).

    tags: embodiment, disembodiment, photography, imagery, digital_pictures, printing, bernard_languillier

  • Intro page from the Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds (RSPB) to a report by a Dr. William Bird (ha!) called “Natural Thinking,” available as a PDF download. Bird’s report is an “investigating [of] the links between the natural environment, biodiversity and mental health.”

    This could be a useful reference for urbanist writing, insofar as it underscores the importance of amenities as a necessary complement to density. You don’t want to have density while simultaneously “automating” everything (no more walking, driving only, no interaction with nature, etc.). Even small “hot spots” of natural interaction will work, or more walking with actual natural elements at hand.

    tags: health, mental_health, nature, amenities, stress, research, rspb

Diigo Bookmarks 08/29/2008 (a.m.)

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Diigo Bookmarks 08/12/2008 (p.m.)

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  • Article that chronicles the role of blogging in the creation of new hyper local / local news eco-systems.
    For readers, the blogs are providing news in ways unseen in traditional local news media.
    Like other journalists who run news sites, Paul Bass, New Haven Independent’s editor, does not consider himself a blogger.

    “We’re a news site,” Mr. Bass said.

    To underscore the difference, Mr. Bass said the site has three full-time reporters and one part-time reporter, all paid for by $185,000 in grants, corporate sponsorships and private donations. The site’s coverage, he added, helped remove a city budget director, change city towing policies and shame board of education members into better attendance, after it publicized the fact that the board’s truancy dwarfed that of city students.

    “A lot of neighborhood boards weren’t covered until we came around, so we’re just showing up,” Mr. Bass said. “That’s the promise of hyperlocal journalism, as opposed to blogging.”

    tags: nyt, blogging, hyper_local, local_news, placeblogging

Hanif Kureishi profile in NYTimes: “My Beautiful London”

August 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm | In ideas | Comments Off on Hanif Kureishi profile in NYTimes: “My Beautiful London”

I found this observation really compelling:

France, as well as the rest of Europe, is “going through a huge crisis about identity, race, religion,” Kureishi went on to say. “Their identities have been shattered by immigration. That’s the price you pay. If you want a modern economy, you have hundreds of thousands of workers around your country, you give up . . . a certain part of your identity. That’s the deal.” Then, he pointed out, you have to remake the society, and “it’s that remaking that Europe is experiencing at the moment. But it’s really tricky to have your identity shattered and remade.”

It’s from a profile of Hanif Kureishi, by Rachel Donadio in the Aug.8 New York Times, My Beautiful London.  What I like about his remark is that he manages to put the economic underpinnings right into the middle of the issue, exactly where they belong: "If you want a modern economy, you have hundreds of thousands of workers around your country, you give up . . . a certain part of your identity. That’s the deal.”


Diigo Bookmarks 08/09/2008 (p.m.)

August 9, 2008 at 5:30 am | In cities, comments, links | Comments Off on Diigo Bookmarks 08/09/2008 (p.m.)

Diigo Bookmarks 08/09/2008 (a.m.)

August 8, 2008 at 5:32 pm | In cities, links | Comments Off on Diigo Bookmarks 08/09/2008 (a.m.)
  • 31-page PDF (still to read), “The Entrepreneurial Advantage of World Cities,” subtitled “Evidence from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Data.”

    From the abstract:
    Recent discussions in the Economic Geography literature increasingly focus on creative cities and the importance of creativity for achieving economic growth. Considering the increased attention on urban areas it is not surprising that the regional dimension of entrepreneurship is a subject of great interest. We set out a framework encompassing the individual process between entrepreneurial perceptions and entrepreneurial activity and demonstrate how the urban environment can have an impact on this process.

    tags: cities, data, entrepreneurship, reference

  • PSFK’s Piers Fawkes writes an entry that provides the links (now available on Google Video) to the BBC series, “How Buildings Learn,” by Stewart Brand. In addition to the six parts (each ~30 min. long), Fawkes includes some choice quotes.

    For those who know and appreciated Stewart Brand’s book, this series is a great addition.

    tags: psfk, piers_fawkes, architecture, stewart_brand, buildings, television, bbc

Diigo Bookmarks 08/07/2008 (a.m.)

August 6, 2008 at 5:33 pm | In links | Comments Off on Diigo Bookmarks 08/07/2008 (a.m.)

Diigo Bookmarks 08/05/2008 (p.m.)

August 5, 2008 at 5:30 am | In cities, copywrong, creativity, innovation, links | Comments Off on Diigo Bookmarks 08/05/2008 (p.m.)

Diigo Bookmarks 08/05/2008 (a.m.)

August 4, 2008 at 5:32 pm | In business, cities, links, urbanism | Comments Off on Diigo Bookmarks 08/05/2008 (a.m.)
  • “The world is flat” or “the world is spiky” or …”the world is complex,” maybe? At any rate, this article questions the idea that outsourcing will continue to continue, spreading outward in some sort of new and flattened topography (akin to a downward spiral insofar as the search for ever cheaper labor and laxer labor laws continues, but not wholly downward because economically, there’s an upward trend associated with it, too – hence perhaps the “flat” topography). And it presents some interesting data as well as suppposition for why this might be so. It’s not just the huge up-tick in transportation costs (although that’s a key factor), it’s also the logistics — including “reverse logistics.” For example, consumers *want* to do better, and are becoming more aware of the “carbon footprint” of the products they buy.

    tags: globalization, trends, economic_development, manufacturing, transportation, factories, shipping

  • Interesting article (which incidentally puts Vancouver front & centre), blogged by Richard Florida at Creative Class: the subtitle is “the demographic inversion of the American city.” It’s about how the “inner city” and its “inner city suburbs” are now desirable (and expensive) places to live, creating a 24/7 downtown (desired & theorized early on by Jane Jacobs, eg.), while the less affluent (ok, the poor!) are forced to live on the outskirts (suburbs). This used to be called “gentrification,” but Ehrenhalt points out that it’s a much more complex process than just that.

    Haven’t read all the comments to this article, but it starts with some excellent ones — intelligent observations by readers.

    tags: cities, downtown, creative_cities, suburbs, gentrification, trends, urbanization, urban_renewal, demographics

  • Everything is more intense in NYC, including the geek or nerd “party” scene (meet ups, tweet ups, “ignite” events, etc.). More people = more capital, in terms of creative energy and innovation. (And perhaps headaches… but that’s another story…!)

    Of course I’d love to figure out how to sustain a mini-version of this right here (Victoria). Vancouver works very hard at it — but even in Vancouver (I’m told), it’s the same people reappearing at the different events (i.e., nowhere near the critical mass of larger US metros). Part of the problem is enticing people to come out — it’s so easy to stay home, after all…

    tags: nyt, creative_class, geek, socialtheory, ignite, meet_ups

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