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. and I have been thinking about Beijing's warped sense of scale. All our friends who visit get confus…
theory  beijing  pedestrian  comfort  city  urban  metro  transport  comparison  map  digital 
11 weeks ago by aries1988

city  urban  china  beijing  photo 
june 2018 by aries1988
‘Pool to table’: on the leisurely challenge of indoor shrimp fishing in Taiwan | Aeon Videos
Taiwan is one of the most densely populated islands on Earth: its 36,000 square kilometres are home to more than 23 million people. Historically, fishing and seafood have been central to Taiwanese culture, but with the country’s economy and population increasingly urbanised, many in Taiwan have sought a new, leisurely and convenient way of connecting with the sea: indoor shrimping. In this short video, the director Tim Cheng visits one of Taiwan’s many urban shrimp pools, where patrons go to catch their next meal – or just for the relaxation of it all.
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august 2016 by aries1988
Urban life: Open-air computers | The Economist
"The Conundrum" by David OWEN
The Conundrum is a mind-changing manifesto about the environment, efficiency and the real path to sustainability.

Cheap and easy electronic communication has probably helped rather than hindered this. First, connectivity is usually better in cities than in the countryside, because it is more lucrative to build telecoms networks for dense populations than for sparse ones. Second, electronic chatter may reinforce rather than replace the face-to-face kind. In his 2011 book, “Triumph of the City”, Mr Glaeser theorises that this may be an example of what economists call “Jevons’s paradox”. In the 19th century the invention of more efficient steam engines boosted rather than cut the consumption of coal, because they made energy cheaper across the board. In the same way, cheap electronic communication may have made modern economies more “relationship-intensive”, requiring more contact of all kinds.

Enforcing the law may also become easier. Andrew Hudson-Smith, director of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London, thinks that within five years or so police forces will be able to predict and prevent some crimes by watching Twitter and other social media. The thought may give civil libertarians the creeps, but some Londoners, recalling the part played by instant messaging in last year’s riots in their city, may wish the police already had such foresight.
urban  future  world  explained  city  smart_city  pdfit  data  pattern  crime 
november 2012 by aries1988

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