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How Technology Grows (a restatement of definite optimism) —Dan Wang “I consider Definite Optimism as Human Capital to be my most creative piece. Unfortunately, it’s oblique and meandering.”
Let’s try to preserve process knowledge. The decline of industrial work makes it harder to accumulate process knowledge. If a state has lost most of its jobs for electrical engineers, civil engineers, or nuclear engineers, then fewer young people will enter into these fields. Technological development slows down, and it turns into a self-reinforcing cycle of decline.

I think we should try to hold on to process knowledge.

Japan’s Ise Grand Shrine is an extraordinary example in that genre. Every 20 years, caretakers completely tear down the shrine and build it anew. The wooden shrine has been rebuilt again and again for 1,200 years. Locals want to make sure that they don’t ever forget the production knowledge that goes into constructing the shrine. There’s a very clear sense that the older generation wants to teach the building techniques to the younger generation: “I will leave these duties to you next time.”

Regularly tearing down and rebuilding a wooden temple might not sound like a great use of time. But I’m not sure if local priorities are entirely screwed up here. These people understand that it’s too difficult to write down every instruction necessary for building even a single wooden structure; imagine how much more difficult it is to create instructions for a machinery part, or a chip. Every so often we discover ancient tools of which we have no idea how to use. These shrine caretakers have decided that preservation of production knowledge is important, and I find that admirable.

Building a vast industrial base and practicing learning-by-doing used to be the American way. Brad DeLong again: “When the technologies of the second industrial revolution arrived, the United States with its cotton and wide market, and its rich natural resources, and its communities of engineering excellence, was able to leap ahead—and in fact greatly surpass Britain in manufacturing productivity pretty much everywhere. So that the 20th century became an American century, rather than a second British century, in large part because of the bets Hamilton had induced the United States to make on not simply following comparative advantage.”
ellul  industry  future  geography  history  futurism  *****  globalization  politics  technology  economics  trends  manufacturing 
august 2018 by gpe
Air: a breathless report | rhulgeopolitics
I also want to share some news about my own book project Air, coming out in Reaktion’s Earth series which just published its first book Volcano. I had a lot of feedback from the publishers on my first draft last week and I’ve got quite a bit of revisions to do. I think they will certainly improve the book.

The book tries to look at Air as a substance between the scientific, the cultural and the political, concerning themes as wide as the science of climate change, breathing, instruments and technologies, art, literature, early conceptions of air from antiquity, architecture, security, uncertainty, urban health, flying, to the politics of life itself. Not such an easy task! At the moment the contents look something like this.

The Invention of Air
An Excess of Air
Dust to Dust

I hope to say a lot more about this project as I work on the revisions over the next few months. I hope the book will be timely given emergent agendas in geography right now on verticality, the volumetric, aerographies, affective atmospheres and ambience. But the book centrally tries to do things a bit differently with this taken for granted substance for wider audiences, and that’s an exciting challenge.
aeriality  peter.adey  geography  *****  tobuy  toread 
october 2016 by gpe
Deep mapping as an ‘essaying’ of place | Iain Biggs
In the case of deep mapping as essaying these concerns correspond to McLucas’ view that deep mapping should be a “politicized, passionate, and partisan” evocation of a site, involving “negotiation and contestation over who and what is represented and how” and giving rise to “debate about the documentation and portrayal of people and places” but, above all, should strive to remain “unstable, fragile and temporary… a conversation and not a statement”
mapping  cartography  geography  methodology  ***  critical.cartography  essay 
march 2015 by gpe
polis: In Memory of Neil Smith
Capital is continually invested in the built environment in order to produce surplus value and expand the basis of capital itself. But equally, capital is continually withdrawn from the built environment so that it can move elsewhere and take advantage of higher profit rates. The spatial immobilization of productive capital in its material form is no more or less a necessity than the perpetual circulation of capital as value. ... The pattern which results in the landscape is well known: development at one pole and underdevelopment at the other.
neil.smith  david.harvey  marxism  geography  academic  space  *** 
october 2012 by gpe
Non-Representational Theory/Non-Representational Geographies : International Encyclopedia of Human Geography
"Nonrepresentational theory offers a critique of prevailing modes of representational thought in geography, particularly cultural geography, by attending to (embodied) practices which precede or exceed reflexive or cognitive understanding. It does this through a number of tenets (practice, everyday life, embodiment, performativity, virtuality) which aim to present (rather than represent) the undisclosed and sometimes undisclosable nature of the everyday. Despite its title, nonrepresentational theory does not seek to advance a new epistemological approach in geography, rather it seeks to configure thought in the same manner that it configures life: as a series of infinite ‘ands’ which might add to the world rather than extract stable representations from it. Nonrepresentational geographies have claimed to refigure what it means to be both ethical and political and, for this reason, have received critique."
definition  nonrepresentational.theory  geography  theory  ***  nigel.thrift  performance  practices  representation 
february 2012 by gpe
Michel Foucault, Of Other Spaces (1967), Heterotopias
"The space in which we live, which draws us out of ourselves, in which the erosion of our lives. our time and our history occurs, the space that claws and gnaws at us, is also, in itself, a heterogeneous space. In other words, we do not live in a kind of void, inside of which we could place individuals and things. We do not live inside a void that could be colored with diverse shades of light, we live inside a set of relations that delineates sites which are irreducible to one another and absolutely not superimposable on one another.

Of course one might attempt to describe these different sites by looking for the set of relations by which a given site can be defined. For example, describing the set of relations that define the sites of transportation, streets, trains (a train is an extraordinary bundle of relations because it is something through which one goes, it is also something by means of which one can go from one point to another, and then it is also something that goes by). One could describe, via the cluster of relations that allows them to be defined, the sites of temporary relaxation -cafes, cinemas, beaches. Likewise one could describe, via its network of relations, the closed or semi-closed sites of rest - the house, the bedroom, the bed, el cetera. But among all these sites, I am interested in certain ones that have the curious property of being in relation with all the other sites, but in such a way as to suspect, neutralize, or invert the set of relations that they happen to designate, mirror, or reflect. These spaces, as it were, which are linked with all the others, which however contradict all the other sites, are of two main types."
foucault  philosophy  space  theory  ****  geography  assemblage  relationships  transportation  aviation 
february 2012 by gpe
Trames - Google Books
Random discovery, but some good stuff on spatial imagination.
spatial  geography  writing  *****  philosophy  rorty  dissertation  book 
september 2011 by gpe
Non-representational theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Instead of studying and representing social relationships, non-representational theory focuses upon practices – how human and nonhuman formations are enacted or performed – not simply on what is produced."
wikipedia  geography  sociology  nigel.thrift  **  heidegger 
august 2011 by gpe
Everything You Know About Traffic May be Wrong
Another discussion by Puentes on the TTI versus the CEO for Cities studies.
geography  travel  time  travel-time  ***  policy 
march 2011 by gpe
The Travel Time Index And Urban Mobility
"Joe Cortright, argues that comparing travel times during rush hour to other times of day misses a key element: the lengths of those trips. Compare Charlotte and Chicago. While the TTI regularly identifies Chicago as one of the worst performers, Cortright’s study shows that not only are traffic delays in these two metros nearly the same, the situation in Charlotte is actually much worse since Charlotte travelers spend much more time on their trip and are exposed to traffic for a much longer period of time. The rub, according to Cortright, is that by failing to account for travel distance, it misses a key component of metropolitan traffic: land use and development patterns.<br />
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...the emphasis here is on accessibility (more economic and social interaction) rather than mobility (more movement)."
geography  planning  transportation  counterintuitive  travel  time  travel-time  ****  new.republic 
march 2011 by gpe
South Korea's largest real estate investment
"Songdo is the latest, and one of the most spectacular examples of what urban theorist Mike Davis calls “imagineered urbanism,” – global cities, sometimes built from scratch, where “all the arduous intermediate stages of commercial evolution have been telescoped or short-circuited to embrace the ‘perfected’ synthesis of shopping, entertainment and architectural spectacle.”<br />
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...Then there is Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the planet’s largest building site, after Shanghai, complete with the world’s biggest shopping mall, theme park, airport, artificial island, and a 7-star hotel offering rooms at $5,000 per night. Fuelled – at least until the global financial crash – on a high-octane cocktail of oil money, cheap labor and architectural gigantism, critics say Dubai is an ecological folly. Davis contemptuously calls it [Albert] “Speer meets Disney on the shores of Araby.”
future  trends  urbanism  mike.davis  geography  korea  songdo  airport  ***  development  asia  dubai 
january 2011 by gpe
Agnew, J.A., and S. Corbridge. 1995. Mastering space: hegemony, territory, and international political economy.
"Spatiality refers to how space is represented as having has been understood most commonly by social scientists in either of two ways. The first sees space as territorial. In other words, space is viewed as a series of blocks defined by state territorial boundaries. Other geographical scales (local, global, etc.) are largely disregarded...A second understanding views space as structural. From this point of view, geographical entities of one sort of another, nodes, districts, regions, etc. have spatial effects that result from their interaction or relationship with one another. For example, an industrial core area is paired with a resource periphery in a structural relationship of superiority/subordination. This more self-conscious understanding is characteristic of much human geography, economic history, and dependency theories in sociology. (78-79)
space  territory  geography  agnew  history  economy  hegemony  book  quotation  dissertation  ***  politics 
december 2010 by gpe
Intelligence, not screening, prevented printer bombs | Open Geography
"It is noteworthy that it was a tip from the Saudi intelligence service, rather than technological screening, that identified the printer bombs...."
crampton  geography  intelligence  bomb  terrorism  freight  yemen  saudi.arabia  **  security 
december 2010 by gpe
Unmarked Planes & Hidden Geographies : Trevor Paglen
"...if you have a scanner, a good antenna, and you know the civilian air traffic frequencies for Groom Lake (which require quite a bit of effort to find), you’ll hear something unusual happen. An airplane (the Janet) will come to life on the Area 51 approach frequencies using a code name like “Foxy,” “Bones,” “Racer,” or “Hawk” – the code name changes every month. The unnamed “control” (Area 51) will clear the plane to land at the “non-existent” air base. An interesting tidbit: until the mid 1990s, the anonymous Groom Lake control tower used the enigmatic name “Dreamland” to identify itself. "
secrets  secrecy  airplane  aviation  military  trevor.paglen  geography  nevada  usa  area.51  traffic  * 
december 2010 by gpe
The end of geography | Blog | Futurismic
"Yet the west’s head start in agriculture some 12,000 years ago does not tell us everything we need to know. While geography does explain history’s shape, it does not do so in a straightforward way. Geography determines how societies develop; but, simultaneously, how societies develop determines what geography means.


As can see from the past, while geography shapes the development of societies, development also shapes what geography means—and all the signs are that, in the 21st century, the meanings of geography are changing faster than ever. Geography is, we might even say, losing meaning. The world is shrinking, and the greatest challenges we face—nuclear weapons, climate change, mass migration, epidemics, food and water shortages—are all global problems. Perhaps the real lesson of history, then, is that by the time the west is no longer the best, the question may have ceased to matter very much."
geography  history  development  farming  agriculture  *  europe 
november 2010 by gpe
placekraft: Non-Place
"Auge describes circulation, communication, and consumption as key features of these non-places. The networked retail environment of standardization becomes the dominant model for organizing social space. In addition to Auge, a particularly useful "handbook" for contextualizing the collection is Project on the City 2: Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping, Chung, Inaba, Koolhaas, and Leong eds."
nonplace  auge  urbanism  airport  cartography  geography  mapping  museum  commerce 
october 2010 by gpe
You Are Here
"My installation for the “You Are Here” exhibition explores this idea, mapping our shared preferences and individual differences in smell perception onto the city.

Scratch ‘N Sniff NYC consists of two maps, twelve smells, thousands of scratch ‘n sniff stickers and a variable number of linguistic descriptors. A “majority preference” map on the left-hand side extrapolates from Vosshall’s “olfactory demography” to show the dominant odour perception framework in each neighbourhood. Next to it on the right, a crowd-sourced “personal favourite” map will ask each exhibition visitor to position their own smell biases and understanding within the city. It’s hardly a scientific study, but I can’t wait to see the different patterns that emerge over the course of the exhibition."
psychogeography  smell  mapping  research  geography  nyc  design  architecture  time  **** 
october 2010 by gpe
Zero Geography: Popular Mapping Links
A good list of map-related, mostly academic material.
mapping  cartography  links  list  ***  geography  crampton 
september 2010 by gpe
Cupcake Gentrification
"...according to Dr. Kathe Newman, a lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, it turns out that a spatial analysis of cupcake proliferation could also reveal the flow of capital investment in cities."
food  culture  capitalism  neoliberal  gentrification  geography  space  cartography  mapping  economics  urbanism  ** 
august 2010 by gpe
Cohen, J.P., C.C. Coughlin. 2009. Changing Noise Levels and Housing Prices Near the Atlanta Airport. Growth and Change 40(2): 287-313.
Using hedonic models, we analyze the effects of proximity and noise on housing prices in neighborhoods near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport during 1995–2002. Proximity to the airport is related positively to housing prices. We address complications caused by changes over time in the levels and geographic distribution of noise and by the fact that noise contours are measured infrequently. A general decline in noise boosted housing prices during 1995–2002. After accounting for proximity, house characteristics, and demographic variables, houses in noisier areas sold for less than houses subjected to less noise. Also, the noise discount is larger during 2000–2002 than 1995–1999.
atlanta  atl  airport  noise  sound  pollution  regulation  geography  economics  housing  ***  dissertation  article 
august 2010 by gpe
Spillway: Saint Jane
"The Nurbanist vision of carving up the city in this way is as diagrammatic and retrograde as Moses' planning - and, similarly, it's an assault on the complexity of the city, the city's ability to generate its own fabulously complicated internal patterns that defy cursory inspection. The emphasis on little neighbourhoods, the stoop, local shops and walking distances, the "human scale" only tells part of the story of the city - after all, these things can be found in villages and small towns. All cities need sublimity, a touch of holy terror, a defiance of human scale that asserts connection to the greater urban whole."
jane.jacobs  criticism  critique  urbanism  modernism  planning  geography  counterintuitive  *** 
august 2010 by gpe
J.G. Godard « science fictional
“...everything in Crash occurs within a field that is defined spatially only by proximity to the airport. Nothing even hints at the existence of an urban center. Ballard never takes us into the airport itself but travels ceaselessly around its fringes: a boundaryless world of airport perimeter roads, airport shopping malls, parking garages, buses, airport whores. It is a permanent in-between, an in-transit, adjoining both the speed of air travel and the dissipation of the axial city...."

Jonathan Crary. “JG Ballard and the Promiscuity of Forms”. Zone 1/2 The [Contemporary] City, Michel Feher, Sanford Kwinter (eds), 1987. pp162-163.
ballard  fiction  scifi  airport  space  geography  *****  dissertation  quotation  research 
august 2010 by gpe
David Harvey: The Right to the City
Surprised I haven't saved this yet. It's great. | "The question of what kind of city we want cannot be divorced from that of what kind of social ties, relationship to nature, lifestyles, technologies and aesthetic values we desire. The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights."
dissertation  *****  urbanism  politics  marxism  david.harvey  capitalism  geography  history  theory 
august 2010 by gpe
fog on water | here be dragonflies
Finding @fogonwater and his blog of mapping experiments has validated an afternoon on Twitter. The blog:
data  mapping  geography  maps  visualization  qualitative  new.zealand  experiment  ***  dissertation  t 
august 2010 by gpe
City of illusions
"The history of London may be said to unfold, map by map, in symbolic fashion. The map is a symbol, not a record or a description. It bears as much relation to the actual shape and nature of London as the sculptures of Canova or Rodin bear to the human form. The map is an idealisation, a beautiful illusion of symmetry and grace. It gives form and order to the formless and disordered appearance of the capital. In the British Library's forthcoming exhibition "London: a life in maps", there is a gallery of shapes and perspectives, decorous and intriguing in turn, all of them creating a wholly different London."
architecture  cartography  mapping  london  history  geography  processing  travel-time  deign  culture  ****  new.statesman  england  symbols 
june 2010 by gpe
Spillway: Heathrow Free Zone
"...the area around Heathrow is already a zone in a number of important and overlooked ways – it has different rules, different conditions, and an unusual and provocative relationship with modernity. It's a considerable area of interest, one that has under-explored potential."
heathrow  urbanism  art  geography  dissertation  *****  via:blech  airport  aviation  experiment  policy 
june 2010 by gpe
Politics of Mapping
"This is not an investigation of how maps have been used politically, or maps as political documents, if by that is understood that we can extract the political from mapping, or look at maps politically as a special way of looking at some maps (eg., propaganda maps).

The reason for this distinction is that the political in mapping is woefully misunderstood as "ideology" which maps may then be said to "possess." Although it was a useful advance to show, as Harley did, that maps were not neutral scientific documents, by casting them as ideology + truth, we are diverted from understanding them in the "constitution" of politics and governmentality.

Rather, this project investigates how all mapping is basically political and how the political is necessarily spatial."
crampton  mapping  cartography  politics  space  geography  project  theory  ****  dissertation  foucault 
march 2010 by gpe
GIS Mapping Shows What Discrimination Looks Like
"GIS mapping technology is helping underprivileged communities get better services — from education and transportation to health care and law enforcement — by showing exactly what discrimination looks like."
gis  mapping  dissertation  *****  politics  geography  technology  visualization  activism  cartography  discrimination 
january 2010 by gpe
BBC News - Interactive map: A decade of road deaths
"We need to puncture some of the myths around cars," says executive director of Pacts, Robert Gifford. "The car combines two appealing concepts; autonomy and mobility. The trouble is everyone wants both. // "We no longer live in the 1950s where cars can go where and when they like. We live in the 21st Century where we need to manage the car so that it retains its benefits but we limit the damage it can do to other people."
automobile  uk  visualization  mapping  gis  traffic  death  geography  **** 
january 2010 by gpe
Marginal Revolution: Wikipedia knowledge deserts Africa fact of the day
"Almost the entire continent of Africa is geographically poorly represented in Wikipedia."
marginal.revolution  africa  inequality  wikipedia  geography  distributed 
december 2009 by gpe
"The city’s convoluted complexity creates local-specific knowledge rather than placelessness..." /via @bldgblog
Guanajuato is one of the most fascinating cities I have ever walked. Similar to London, Venice and medieval villages in northern Italy, the fascination lies in the curiosity sustained by never knowing what’s coming next , the sense of the cruise, the derive . You have to pay attention to the city or you do get lost until you physically know the place. This is an asset to a city rather than a liability. The city’s convoluted complexity creates local-specific knowledge rather than placelessness, in contrast to grids that privilege efficiency over other factors.
geography  grid  counterintuitive  knowledge  local  planning  space  streets  mexico  history  underground  informal  via:bldgblog  urbanism  jane.jacobs  derive  venice  london  t 
december 2009 by gpe
"WikiChains is a website that aims to encourage ethical consumption and transparency in commodity chains. Contemporary capitalism conceals the histories and geographies of most commodities from consumers. Consumers are usually only able to see commodities in the here and now of time and space, and rarely have any opportunities to gaze backwards through the chains of production in order to gain knowledge about the sites of production, transformation, and distribution."
commerce  capitalism  mapping  flows  geography  space  commodity  consumption  production  industry  economy  wiki  mytools  dissertation 
november 2009 by gpe
Migration: Geographies In Conflict |
"...“global cities” serve as control nodes for various global networks and key production sites for these services, along with other specialized niches they long had. In effect, more distributed economic activities requires increasing centralization of select functions, particularly the most highly value-added functions. Yet these activities are not set in stone; for example, areas that were once centers for global business, like Cleveland or Detroit, are fading; others like Houston and Dallas are rising."
sassen  global  urbanism  economics  tax  regulation  geography 
november 2009 by gpe
Maps: Fighting Disease and Skewing Borders
An interview with Frank Jacobs, creator of Strange Maps.
mapping  geography  history  cartography  information  interview 
november 2009 by gpe
Technology and geographical imaginations: representing aviation in 1930s Italy - Journal of Cultural Geography
"This paper examines the geographical imaginations associated with aviation in fascist Italy, focusing on the representation of flight on the one hand, and on the other hand the role of propaganda flights organized by the regime in the 1930s. ... Aviation, as one of the new subjects of artistic representations of the modern era, was grasped by avant-garde and modern movements in the early twentieth century. In turn, representations of aviation were used by Mussolini's regime, which considered it a key to national development and modernization, materially as well as in the representational sphere. Propaganda flights in 1930s Italy were organized by the Ministry of Aeronautics and local aero clubs, and were an expression of the politicized use of aviation, both in terms of representations of technology and the aviator, and the exploitation of flight's public potential for the construction of fascist spectacle."
history  aviation  italy  fascism  geography  academic  representation  mussolini  20thcentury 
november 2009 by gpe
Beyond Good and Evil and the Humanities: Nowcasting II
Plenty of great ideas here. | "Paglen noted that "spacecraft structure our everyday lives in many ways" that include supermarkets connected to warehouses, television programming, weather forecasting, phone connectivity, and bank transactions. He reminded the audience that satellite telephone conversations date back to a discussion between John F. Kennedy and the Nigerian prime minister at the time. He also noted that these information relays also include transactions involving the military, such as communication with drone aircraft, and that the military has both its own dedicated information structures and a customer relationship with a number of commercial contractors."
paglen  geography  space  dissertation  surveillance  military  communication  media 
november 2009 by gpe
Wayfinding Through Technology
Good roundup of ideas, videos, and links. I especially like the invocation of McLuhan at the end: "every extension is also an amputation."
wayfinding  navigation  design  architecture  technology  mapping  geography  gis  gps  *****  urbanism  ubicomp  augmentedreality  mcluhan  quotation 
october 2009 by gpe
Where's the remotest place on Earth?
"Very little of the world's land can now be thought of as inaccessible, according to a new map of connectedness. // The maps are based on a model which calculated how long it would take to travel to the nearest city of 50,000 or more people by land or water."
connectivity  visualization  mapping  geography  science  travel  earth  reference  dissertation  new.scientist 
september 2009 by gpe
Trevor Paglen: The Other Night Sky
"This black world is, of course, not meant to be seen, so Paglen, trained as both an artist and a geographer, deploys an array of tactics—from data analysis and on-the-ground exploration to long-distance photography and astronomy—to map this shadowy world. Paglen’s MATRIX exhibition looks to the night sky as a place of covert activity: working with data compiled by amateur astronomers and hobbyist “satellite observers,” cross-referenced across many sources of information, he tracks and presents what he calls “the other night sky.” Large-scale astro-photographs isolate barely perceptible traces of surveillance vessels amidst familiar star fields, and a digitally animated projection installation covers the globe with 189 currently orbiting satellites."
art  secret  paglen  geography  surveillance  photography  exhibitions  satellite  activism  visualization  artist 
september 2009 by gpe
polis: Data Devolution: The Topography of Crime
"SF Crimespotting can also serve as a myth buster (there were a lot more crimes around that downtown bus stop when it was light out than when it was dark!) that can not only calm my mom's fears, but also potentially reshape our mental maps of the city. Realistically, though, most people won’t reference the site enough for this objective information to substantially alter their views of neighborhoods, which have a lot to do with personal experience and emotional valence."
crime  data  geography  urbanism  sanfrancisco  topography  visualization  internet  mapping  dissertation 
september 2009 by gpe
Maps in the Writer and the City
"So here, below, a set of the maps from a few of the Writer and the City series, covering Florence, Paris, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro and New York. I’m particularly drawn to the New York map which adds a further layer of imagination to imaginary place-making."
mapping  book  psychogeography  urbanism  geography  illustration  literature  architecture  cityofsound 
september 2009 by gpe
Placeblogs and the Nonplace Urban Realm
A very insightful post on one of my favorite articles. "Webber hypothesizes that even the world leader must work in the local realm at least some of his time, and some people still live their lives in the local realm, rarely interacting with people outside their neighborhood. If you added up all the aggregate person-hours, he speculated, you’d find still by far the majority expended in the local realm, even if time expended at higher realms has increased significantly. Thus, even in a postmodern world of global communications, local, place-based communities remains an important locus of activity. After all, Webber points out, “Those who live near each other share an interest in lowering the social costs of doing so, and they share an interest in the quality of certain services and goods that can be supplied only locally,” including traffic on the streets, garbage collection, children’s facilities, and public nuisances."
local  article  urbanism  internet  cyberspace  place  space  geography  webber  dissertation 
september 2009 by gpe
On Locational Privacy, and How to Avoid Losing it Forever | Electronic Frontier Foundation
"Locational privacy (also known as "location privacy") is the ability of an individual to move in public space with the expectation that under normal circumstances their location will not be systematically and secretly recorded for later use. The systems discusssed above have the potential to strip away locational privacy from individuals, making it possible for others to ask (and answer) the following sorts of questions by consulting the location databases..."
lbs  location  geography  surveillance  crampton  privacy  ethics  gps  internet  database  data  security  mapping  eff  trends  future 
september 2009 by gpe
Geodemographics put me in my place
"Yes, geodemographics can really put you in your place -- folding your high-minded advocacy of "universal" values into your Fair Trade briefcase, most likely. The danger of the technique should be obvious, though -- it's likely to lead us to the view that Jesus Christ and Siddhartha Gautama only held the attitudes they did because they were the son of a carpenter from Nazareth (postcode NZ10 4GP) and the son of a prince with three palaces, respectively, and that we'd only tend to agree with their outlook on life if we fit those specifications too. Unless, of course, we belong to that tiny minority, the type who like people because they're unlike us."
academic  demographics  geography  planning  dissertation  urbanism  clickopera 
august 2009 by gpe
The World's 10 Oldest Still-Inhabited Cities
Lisbon is intriguing. Always has been for some reason.
lisbon  portugal  europe  travel  history  urbanism  geography  age  list  urban  culture 
july 2009 by gpe
Swedes miss Capri after GPS gaffe
"A Swedish couple in search of the isle of Capri drove to Carpi, an industrial town in northern Italy, because they misspelt the name in their car's GPS."
gps  bbc  technology  lost  geography  italy  europe 
july 2009 by gpe
Old Map App
"Old Map App allows an iPhone user to explore the effects of time on geography and urban development. // The application displays layers of geo-referenced historical maps projected onto a modern coordinate system, so that the same location can be compared over time. Layers can be faded, adjusted, and explored freely. If the user is located within the region of the historical map, the user's position will be mapped on the old maps to the position of the compass indicator."
iphone  maps  history  cartography  geography  nyc  libraryofcongress  mapping  mobile  development 
july 2009 by gpe
Hundred (country subdivision)
"Counties in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were divided into hundreds in the seventeenth century, in imitation of the British system. They survive in Delaware (see List of Delaware Counties and Hundreds), and were used as tax reporting and voting districts until the 1960s, but now serve no administrative role, their only current official legal use being in real-estate title descriptions."
history  geography  land  wikipedia  delaware  local.government 
june 2009 by gpe
Harvey, Leibniz and Marx (L. Proyect)
After reading something related to the two thinkers (I can't remember what now), I Googled Harvey and Leibniz and found this, a useful discussion.
philosophy  space  marxism  geography  marx  david.harvey  leibniz 
june 2009 by gpe
Geospatial Revolution Project | A Public Service Media Project
"Penn State Public Broadcasting is developing the Geospatial Revolution Project, an integrated public service media and outreach initiative on the brave new world of digital mapping. The project will include a 60-minute public television broadcast program, a structured outreach initiative with educational partners, a chaptered program DVD including educational toolkit components, and a Web site with information and additional resources."
media  research  surveillance  lbs  education  gis  geography  geospatial  via:migurski  ** 
april 2009 by gpe
Unusual Map Projections
I'm just going back and bookmarking things that I've had open for a while. I sure wish I remember how/where I found this link.
maps  cartography  geography  list  **  mapping 
april 2009 by gpe
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: the kids are alright
Anti-anti-social behavior zones. Absurd: "There’s a curfew for unsupervised under-16s, from 9pm to 6am. Any group of 2 or more people can be broken up and/or that the member of the group have to leave the designated area (if they do not live there). Crucially, police do not have to see actual anti-social behaviour, but a constable in uniform has reasonable grounds for believing that the presence or behaviour of a group of two or more persons in any public place in the relevant locality has resulted, or is likely to result, in any members of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed."
geography  space  london  police  operational.citizenship  teenagers  activism  mapping  control  power  law  children  shibbolink  *** 
march 2009 by gpe
LCC bomb damage maps - a set on Flickr
Images from The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-45
books  photographs  images  remote.sensing  military  london  wwii  history  damage  war  geography  maps  via:tomc  ***  book  photograph  image  mapping 
march 2009 by gpe
Rethinking Maps
Maps are changing. They have become important and fashionable once more. Rethinking Maps brings together leading researchers to explore how maps are being rethought, made and used, and what these changes mean for working cartographers, applied mapping research, and cartographic scholarship. It offers a contemporary assessment of the diverse forms that mapping now takes and, drawing upon a number of theoretic perspectives and disciplines, provides an insightful commentary on new ontological and epistemological thinking with respect to cartography.
maps  books  topurchase  cartography  critical.cartography  crampton  academic  geography  shibbolink  ***  mapping  book 
february 2009 by gpe
The Mobile City » Blog Archive » Scott McQuire’s The Media City
"At the same time, it is possible to connect all these abstract coordinates with highly subjective interpretations and meanings. For instance through geoannoation software, or by connecting the objective reality of the grid with subjective experiences of a Flickr photostream. Through technological services, we can connect with absent friends and ‘broaden our horizon of social relations’ beyond those present nearby. McQuire calls this experience of place ‘relational space’. And ‘as urban structures cede priority to seemingly immaterial flows’, McQuire writes, ‘relational space has become the dominant experience of urban life.’"
books  review  mobile  technology  flows  geography  space  relationships  urbanism  stephen.graham  ****  book 
february 2009 by gpe
"Arounder takes those virtual walkthroughs you see on real estate sites to another level, creating 360-degree, full screen panoramas of locations around the world. The current application is primarily travel- enticing you to picture yourself on the shores of Waikiki, or in Parma's Teatro Farnese. But the ability of Arounder to create an enveloping sense of place could serve many planning applications in the not too distant future." — Planetizen <>
travel  photography  images  art  geography  europe  panoramas  via:planetizen  image 
february 2009 by gpe
Getting Started
David Harvey has been teaching Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume I for nearly 40 years, and his lectures are now available online for the first time. This open course consists of 13 video lectures of Professor Harvey’s close chapter by chapter reading of Capital, Volume I.
capital  david.harvey  geography  marxism  critique  academic  lecture  video  mp3 
february 2009 by gpe
Book review: Culture, urbanism and planning.
Book review: Culture, urbanism and planning. Edited by J. Monclus and M. Guardia. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2006. xix + 293 pp. {pound}55.00 hardback. ISBN: 0754646238
books  reviews  planning  urbanism  culture  culturalgeographies  geography  book 
october 2008 by gpe
Beyond the clearing: towards a dwelt animal geography
Johnston, Catherine. (2008). Progress in Human Geography, 32(5), 633-649. | This paper reviews recent developments at the intersection between culture—nature and animal geographies debates in order to consider the ways in which issues of anthropomorphism and beastliness have beset attempts to write the nonhuman.
animal  dwelling  j  s  nature  anthropomorphism  geography  progressinhumangeography  2008  johnston  environment 
october 2008 by gpe
Diverse economies: performative practices for `other worlds'
Gibson-Graham, J.K. (2008). Progress in Human Geography, 32(5), 613-632. | "In this paper we describe the work of a nascent research community of economic geographers and other scholars who are making the choice to bring marginalized, hidden and alternative economic activities to light in order to make them more real and more credible as objects of policy and activism."
economics  geography  academic  research  performativity  ontology  activism  share  gibson-graham  progressinhumangeography  2008  j  s  todownload 
october 2008 by gpe
The Theses on Feuerbach as a political ecology of the possible
Loftus, Alex. (2008). Area, 14 October 2008. | Marx's These on Feuerbach offers "a firm and concise foundation on which to base the ontological and epistemological claims of work on the politicised environment."
environment  ontology  epistemology  feuerbach  marx  nature  capitalism  geography  area  2008  j  p  loftus  philosophy 
october 2008 by gpe
Untangling the technology cluster: mobile telephony, internet use and the location of social ties
Sooryamoorthy et al. (2008). New Media & Society. 10(5), 729-749. | Shows that mobile phone use decreases the geographical diversity of social ties.
geography  j  m  mobile  internet  location  newmediaandsociety  sooryamoorthy  india  mobile.telephony  communication  2008 
october 2008 by gpe
"SimplyMap is a web-based mapping application that lets users quickly create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data. SimplyMap turns complex data into valuable information that is easily accessed through an innovative and user-friendly interface."
mapping  service  cartography  geography  gis  demographics 
october 2008 by gpe
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