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Spatial Agency
"…a project that presents a new way of looking at how buildings & space can be produced. Moving away from architecture's traditional focus on the look and making of buildings, Spatial Agency proposes a much more expansive field of opportunities in which architects and non-architects can operate. It suggests other ways of doing architecture.

In the spirit of Cedric Price the project started with the belief that a building is not necessarily the best solution to a spatial problem. The project attempts to uncover a second history of architecture, one that moves sharply away from the figure of the architect as individual hero, & replaces it with a much more collaborative approach in which agents act with, & on behalf of, others.

In all the examples on this website, there is a transformative intent to make the status quo better, but the means are very varied, from activism to pedagogy, publications to networking, making stuff to making policy - all done in the name of empowering others…"
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august 2012 by robertogreco
Search and you shall find - Art - Domus
"The experiments conducted today by artists using Google Maps are impetuous and have the same high margin of error — and, perhaps, even the same lack of inhibition — typical of the avant-gardes of the past. An art report from Milan by Roberto Marone"
mapping  maps  geography  christopsniemann  albertobiagetti  sanjapupovac  richardsympson  damonzacconni  julienlevesque  jonrafman  clementvalla  helmutsmits  jennyodell  via:cityofsound  2012  images  satelliteview  satelliteimages  googlemaps  art  robertomarone 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Get-well wishes to Argentina's El Flaco whose football moved the world | Jonathan Wilson | Football | guardian.co.uk
"I maintain that a team is above all an idea," he said, "and more than an idea it is a commitment, and more than a commitment it is the clear convictions that a coach must transmit to his players to defend that idea. So my concern is that we coaches don't arrogate to ourselves the right to remove from the spectacle the synonym of festival, in favour of a philosophical reading that cannot be sustained, which is to avoid taking risks. And in football there are risks because the only way you can avoid taking risks in any game is by not playing … I start from the premise that football is efficacy. I play to win, as much or more than any egoist who thinks he's going to win by other means. I want to win the match. But I don't give in to tactical reasoning as the only way to win, rather I believe that efficacy is not divorced from beauty …"
césarluismenotti  argentina  football  soccer  philosophy  management  elflaco  2011  tactics  history  coaching  efficacy  beauty  risks  risk  via:cityofsound  futbol  sports 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Are we better off renting? | Money | The Observer
"For generations, we've aspired to be home owners. But evidence shows we'd be better off renting – both individually and as a nation. In Germany and Sweden, the rental market is credited with making people wealthier and happier, and with creating more attractive cities. So, is it time to sell up?"
via:cityofsound  renting  housing  homes  money  finance  happiness  sweden  germany  wealth  economics  incentives  society  socialstigmas  uk  us  switzerland 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Global house prices: Clicks and mortar | The Economist
"The Economist has been publishing data on global house prices since 2002. The interactive tool above enables you to compare nominal and real house prices across 20 markets over time. And to get a sense of whether buying a property is becoming more or less affordable, you can also look at the changing relationships between house prices and rents, and between house prices and incomes."
housing  economics  data  us  uk  japan  international  prices  2010  property  via:cityofsound  housingbubble  graphs  statistics  charts 
october 2010 by robertogreco
US politics is angry, polarised, and gridlocked. Can it be reformed? | Timothy Garton Ash | Comment is free | The Guardian
"If you ask what will be the biggest geopolitical story of the 2010s, my best guess is "rising China and struggling America". Where that competition has got to by 2020 will depend crucially on America's ability to put its house in order. Physician, heal thyself. If you want to feel optimistic about America's chances of renewal, go to Silicon Valley. For a downer, look to Washington. The struggle for America's recovery is the battle of the iPad against the filibuster. In Silicon Valley, just down the road from where I write this, you see everything that is still inspiring about American society: innovation rooted in science and intellectual freedom; entrepreneurs and risk-taking venture capital exploiting that innovation commercially; a dynamic, open society that attracts the brightest from everywhere – Indians, Chinese, Europeans ... Change in Silicon Valley happens at the speed of science fiction; in Washington, at the pace of Brezhnev's Soviet Union."
via:cityofsound  us  politics  policy  economics  progress  2010  china  media  partisanship  government  siliconvalley  innovation  society  entrepreneurship  venturecapital  freedom  science 
october 2010 by robertogreco
A City in the Cloud: Living PlanIT Redefines Cities as Software | Fast Company
"Living PlanIT (pronounced “planet”) is the brainchild of Steve Lewis and Malcolm Hutchinson, a pair of IT veterans who met when Lewis was still a top executive on the .NET team at Microsoft. Their ambition is twofold: to build a prototype smart, green city in Portugal that can be rolled out worldwide, and to drag the construction industry into the 21st century.

The latter may be the more audacious of the two. While plenty of companies have jumped on the smarter city bandwagon (as I’ve written about ad nauseum), no one has sought to make the construction business look more like the technology one."
architecture  urban  urbanism  cities  planning  technology  livingplanit  stevelewis  malcolmhutchinson  construction  portugal  green  density  sustainability  smartcities  via:cityofsound 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Encounter: Essays by Milan Kundera | Book review | Books | The Observer
"Think back to whenever it was that you first read The Book of Laughter and Forgetting or The Unbearable Lightness of Being and remember how exciting these "novels in the form of variations" seemed in terms of conception, content and orchestration. It wasn't just a question of technical novelty: the idea of fiction was recalibrated to create forms of new knowledge.<br />
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We may subsequently have become a little weary of the conventionally novelistic sections of these books – one remembers them in terms of randy doctors Benny Hillishly chasing nurses in their panties – but with Testaments Betrayed Kundera dispensed with characters, stories and situations while retaining his signature technique of "meditative interrogation" to construct a book entirely of novelistic essays. To say he became an influence (in the way that Martin Amis is influential) is to understate matters. Kundera's distinctive, pioneering software became available for download…"
milankundera  literature  writing  books  fiction  2010  via:cityofsound 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Cars pollute even when engines are switched off
"LEAVING the car at home and catching a train to work may not be as good for the environment as you think.
energy  environment  sustcars  transportation  climatechange  pollution  via:cityofsound 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Human Transit: vancouver: an olympic urbanist preview
"What's special about Vancouver? It's a new dense city, in North America...closest NA has come to building substantial high-density city - not just employment but residential - pretty much from scratch, entirely since WWII. I noted in an earlier post that low-car NA cities are usually old cities, because they rely on development pattern that just didn't happen after advent of the car. In 1945 Vancouver was nothing much: a hard-working port for natural resource exports, with just a few buildings even ten stories high. But look at it now.

Such sudden eruptions of residential density are common enough in Asia, but North American cities rarely allow them on such a scale. There are many explanations for how Vancouver did it, but at its core Vancouver had a fortunate confluence of the 3 essentials:

* Natural constraints that limited sprawl even in pro-sprawl late 20th century.
* Economic energy, especially in the boom years of 1990s & early 2000s.
* Planning & civic leadership."
vancouver  britishcolumbia  cascadia  canada  via:cityofsound  development  density  cities  northamerica  urban  urbanism  planning  transit  transportation  geography  bc 
march 2010 by robertogreco
Politeness: Hi there | The Economist
"Life is getting friendlier but less interesting. Blame technology, globalisation & feminism" ... "So what seems to be happening is that formal politeness, at least in spoken & written exchanges, is on the decline, thanks to globalisation (meaning the rise of flat, nuance-less English as a means of international communication), to social changes and to technology. Replacing it is a kind of neutral friendliness, where human encounters take place devoid of the signifiers of emotional and status differences that past generations found so essential. That may lubricate business meetings. But it makes life outside the workplace less interesting. If you use first names everywhere at work, how do you signify to a colleague that you want to be a real friend? If you sign all e-mails “love & vibes”, how do you show intimacy? Much of the world has an answer to that, at least in their own languages & cultures. English-speakers may have triumphed on one front, but they are struggling on another."
via:cityofsound  politeness  english  humor  society  etiquette  speech  writing  history  language  communication  diplomacy  informality  french  german  internet  culture  technology 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Spotlight Vol. 8, No. 14: Playing in The Streets - Regional Plan Association
""I love New York City playgrounds, and their virtues are worthy of a completely separate essay. Still, there is a difference between a playground and a street corner. For one thing, playgrounds, with their single gate, always-latched entries and jungle gyms with rubber floors, have become cage-like and womb-like in their protectivity of children from both potential intruders and scraped knees. You have to look elsewhere for truly unstructured play. As luck would have it, my wife and I live in a converted warehouse that has some low-income housing built across from it, fronting on a barren asphalt parking lot. There are children playing in this parking lot often, virtually all of them coming from the low-income housing. These kids, ages two to 15 or so, play in a self-governing universe, without parents. By design or default, unstructured play has become the domain of the less affluent.""
children  play  playgrounds  nyc  via:cityofsound  unschooling  unstructuredtime  parenting  imagination  freedom  learning  playdefecit  glvo  tcsnmy  generations 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Diversity index - Mapping L.A. - Los Angeles Times
"The diversity index measures the probability that any two residents, chosen at random, would be of different ethnicities. If all residents are of the same ethnic group it's zero. If half are from one group and half from another it's 50%.

We use this figure to place areas into 10 groups of even size and then rank those groups. Areas with a diversity rank of 1 are the least ethnically diverse. Those with a diversity rank of 10 are the most ethnically diverse."
maps  mapping  diversity  ethnicity  losangeles  demographics  via:cityofsound 
august 2009 by robertogreco
Stimulus funds in California mostly go to routine projects, study says -- latimes.com
"Critics say the money is being used for projects that would have been built anyway, instead of on ways to change how Californians live. Case in point: Army latrines, not high-speed rail."
losangeles  via:cityofsound  california  infrastructure  politics  economics  recession  stimulus  2009  wastedopportunities  military  otaymesa  sandiego  borders 
august 2009 by robertogreco
sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy: Brutalism, friend of the Pedestrian
"While for Banham the autopia of LA was Progressive, we can't be so sure. Signified in the UK by the point in the '70s related in Joe Moran's On Roads when, to the horror of the motoring lobby, the InterCity trains surpassed the motorways in speed, the car is no longer 'progressive'. In any sensible society it would be all but obsolete, a privatised mode of motion which not only carries rates of death in its wake that would never be accepted on any other kind of transport, but which carries in its train a landscape of endless sheds, retail parks and malls which, for all its cold fascination, is not one which even its defenders can be bothered to make a serious case for. Brutalism's most retrograde element, its attempt to 'recreate' a city for the pedestrian, must now strike us as its most progressive aspect - especially as it is precisely in these pedestrian spaces that Brutalism created a genuinely new space, a new way of moving around the city."
via:cityofsound  brutalism  trains  cars  transportation  cities  urban  urbanism  progress  mobility  transit  pedestrians 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Stepehn Bayley praises the innovation and daring of bicycle designers | Culture | The Observer
"It is not quite true, but none the less often repeated, that the bicycle is the only technology with no downside. The downsides are steep and unnegotiable: stationary bicycles absorb space voraciously so are difficult to store, either on the street or at home. They are also a frightful nuisance to clean.
bikes  history  design  innovation  engineering  via:cityofsound 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Welcome to Banham's Los Angeles - Los Angeles Times
""The Santa Monica / San Diego intersection is a work of art, both as a pattern on a map, as a monument against the sky, and as a kinetic experience as one sweeps through it," Banham wrote. "Kinetic" is the key here: For Banham, cities were about movement, whether by foot, as in London, or in the car. "So, like earlier generations of English intellectuals who taught themselves Italian in order to read Dante in the original, I learned to drive to read Los Angeles in the original."
losangeles  reynerbanham  urbanism  landscape  books  via:cityofsound  cities  movement 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Peter Barber visits Alvaro Siza’s Faculty of Architecture in Porto - Building Design
"Siza has said that architecture is meaningless until it is occupied, and it seems to me that he thinks profoundly about how his spaces will be used. On a busy day, the central space is brought to life by students playing football and sitting out on the strange truncated tower. My early encounters with his buildings helped me to think about architecture this way.
alvarosiza  architecture  design  schools  learning  education  universities  porto  via:cityofsound 
july 2009 by robertogreco
California v Texas: America's future | The Economist
"The truth is that both states could learn from each other. Texas still lacks California’s great universities and lags in terms of culture. California could adopt not just Texas’s leaner state, but also its more bipartisan approach to politics and its more welcoming attitude towards Mexico. There is no perfect model of government: it is America’s genius to have 50 public-policy laboratories competing to find out what works best—just as it is the relentless competition of clever new firms from Portland to Pittsburgh that will pull the country out of its current gloom. But, to give Texas some credit and serve as a warning to Mr Schwarzenegger’s heir, at this moment America’s two most futuristic states look a lot more like equals than ever before."
via:cityofsound  california  texas  government  policy  budget  politics  energy  mexico  innovation  economics  recession  2009  culture  us  arnoldschwarzenegger  crisis 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Train Detroit - The Atlantic (July/August 2009)
"Instead of scattering nickels and dimes across dozens of states, a better idea would be to increase the train fund at least tenfold so America can have at least one legitimate high-speed rail line like Spain’s Madrid-to-Seville train, which runs at 186 mph (Amtrak averages only 79 nationwide). And let this man-on-the-moon project start in Detroit. ... Of course, railroads helping to rescue Detroit would be sweet irony. It was General Motors, after all—in cahoots with a number of other companies—that set out to cripple mass transit in America, including the electric streetcars that once trundled through Detroit and Flint."
trains  us  rail  government  manufacturing  detroit  autoindustry  transportation  amtrak  highspeed  via:cityofsound  highspeedrail 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Buy to Last - The Atlantic (July/August 2009)
"Cleverly, IKEA transfers transport and energy costs onto consumers, who are then handed the additional burden of assembling their purchases. Designed but not crafted, IKEA bookcases and chairs, like most cheap objects, resist involvement: when they break or malfunction, we tend not to fix them. Rather, we buy new ones. Wig Zamore, a Massachusetts environmental activist who was recently recognized for his work by the Environmental Protection Agency, is working with IKEA and supports some of the company’s regional green initiatives. But as he put it, “IKEA is the least sustainable retailer on the planet.” And in real costs—the kind that will burden our grandchildren—that also makes it among the most expensive."
via:cityofsound  ikea  sustainability  environment  furniture  business  design  longevity  disposability 
july 2009 by robertogreco
The Mid-Century Modernist: “The Incredibles” Mid-Century Ideal
"The home of Bob and Helen Parr in “The Incredibles” is one of the finest examples of mid-century modernism in all of animated cinema. Thanks to Pixar’s skilled artists and miraculous CGI, every detail in the architecture to the furniture to the decor can be an idealized depiction of an American suburban residence in the ’60s. Cheers to production designer Lou Romano and art director Ralph Eggleston for giving fans of this style so much eye candy."
via:cityofsound  pixar  theincredibles  design  architecture  modernism  homes  interiors  animation  film 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Next American City » Daily Report » Should We Abandon the “Uncreative Class”?
"Not everyone can afford to move and the poorest are left behind amidst urban blight and neglect. What do we do about the immobile? What do we do with cities that are net losers of the “creative class”? For this so-called creative brand of capitalism, the uncreative are someone else’s problem. As Florida says, “We need to be clear that ultimately, we can’t stop the decline of some places, and that we would be foolish to try.” I would say that this is not at all clear. There is an inherent inhumanity in leaving people and their cities in the dust. Besides, the cost of finding ways to get so-called obsolete classes of workers gainfully employed where they live is looking preferable to the social costs of managing huge ghost cities and permanent spatial inequality."
via:cityofsound  creativeclass  richardflorida  humanity  decline  decay  mobility  urbanism  creativity  urbanplanning  employment  architecture  class  us 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Europe's new pecking order | A new pecking order | The Economist
"The downturn has also confirmed that the continental model has some strengths. France has a comparatively efficient public sector, thanks in part to years of investment in better roads, more high-speed trains, nuclear energy and even the restoration of old cathedrals (see article). Nor is it just a matter of pumping in ever more taxpayers’ cash. By any measure France’s health system delivers better value for money than America’s costlier one. Germany has not just looked after its public finances more prudently than others; its export-driven model has forced its companies to hold down costs, making them competitive not only in Europe but also globally. By design as well as luck, much of continental Europe avoided the debt-fuelled housing bubbles that popped spectacularly in Britain and America (though Spain did not, see article)."
via:cityofsound  france  germany  us  uk  capitalism  economics  regulation  global 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Calif. Desert Becomes Home For Renewable Energy : NPR
"California's utilities are in a tight spot. They're mandated to procure 20 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by the end of next year.

Currently, renewable energy provides only 12 percent of the state's needs. Green energy is needed, and fast. Where to get it? The southeastern corner of California is becoming the state's Wild West of renewable energy."
via:cityofsound  california  imperialvalley  energy  geothermal  solarpower  solar  sandiego 
april 2009 by robertogreco
A special report on the new middle classes in emerging markets: Burgeoning bourgeoisie | The Economist
"In practice, emerging markets may be said to have two middle classes. One consists of those who are middle class by any standard—ie, with an income between the average Brazilian and Italian. This group has the makings of a global class whose members have as much in common with each other as with the poor in their own countries. It is growing fast, but still makes up only a tenth of the developing world. You could call it the global middle class.
via:cityofsound  class  economics  trends  world  demographics  global  middleglass  emergineconomies  emerging 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Architecture review: St Benedict's School, Ealing: Buschow Henley Architects | The Observer
"We shape our environments & then they shape us. This is specially true of schools; the influence the architecture of school buildings has on developing minds is surely incalculable...In Henley's view, current thinking will create a generation of glazed morons w/ no more discipline than you need to change channels. "The government wants schools to look like shops w/ big graphics & bright colours. They are frightened by tradition, frightened of idea that children should even be a little intimidated by school. I'm not afraid of ethics & tradition. I like institutions. Institutions are good!"...Henley is hypercritical of current obsession w/ superficial glitz & infantile shape-making which affects architecture... more concerned with thinking about the plan. Of course, this is more difficult than rushing up a coruscating CGI & since clients are notoriously incapable of actually reading one, a great plan is no way to win the showy competitions which, alas, dominate architectural culture."
design  education  schools  architecture  uk  schooldesign  louiskahn  lcproject  via:cityofsound  simonhenley 
february 2009 by robertogreco
DOMUS - House in Kohoku
"On a hill in Yokohama, a house conceived as a device for capturing light. Design Torafu Architects - Koichi Suzuno, Shinya Kamuro."
architecture  housing  yokohama  homes  design  japan  light  via:cityofsound 
february 2009 by robertogreco
New designs on diplomacy [Monocle]
"Post September 11 every embassy was built as a bunker ready to repel all comers. But now, from Kathmandu to Harare, architects are reinventing the mission as a national calling card."
architecture  design  diplomacy  terrorism  embassies  security  via:cityofsound 
november 2008 by robertogreco
BBC SPORT | Football | Maradona, Mascherano and philosophy
"Sometimes nicknamed the Philosopher of Football, Argentine legend Jorge Valdano is probably best known for scoring the South American nation's second goal in their 3-2 win over West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final in Mexico. Here Valdano gives BBC Sport his views on Diego Maradona, who is taking over as Argentina coach, and his two compatriots Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez and Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano."
argentina  football  maradona  jorgevaldano  via:cityofsound  tevez  mascherano  messi  borges  genius  literature  sergioaguero  sports 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Greenspan - I was wrong about the economy. Sort of | Business | The Guardian
"The former Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan, has conceded that the global financial crisis has exposed a "mistake" in the free market ideology which guided his 18-year stewardship of US monetary policy. A long-time cheerleader for deregulation, Greenspan admitted to a congressional committee yesterday that he had been "partially wrong" in his hands-off approach towards the banking industry and that the credit crunch had left him in a state of shocked disbelief. "I have found a flaw," said Greenspan, referring to his economic philosophy. "I don't know how significant or permanent it is. But I have been very distressed by that fact." It was the first time the man hailed for masterminding the world's longest postwar boom has accepted any culpability for the crisis that has engulfed the global banking system."
alangreenspan  finance  crisis  banking  2008  business  money  economics  politics  capitalism  creditcrunch  neoliberalism  deregulation  via:cityofsound 
october 2008 by robertogreco
German deposits guarantee blows hole in EU's action plan | Business | The Guardian
"On Saturday, clearly aware that they could be facing the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, the four leaders backed Sarkozy's call for a global summit to draw up a new international financial system to replace the one adopted at Bretton Woods in 1944. "We are laying the foundations of entrepreneurial capitalism, not speculative capitalism," he told journalists. "After this crisis we will have built the pillars of a new financial world." Tougher international regulation should be applied to all financial market players, including hedge funds, he said."
via:cityofsound  economics  europe  markets  world  international  crisis  2008  capitalism  future 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Madeleine Bunting: Faith. Belief. Trust. This economic orthodoxy was built on superstition | Comment is free | The Guardian
"There is no alternative, went the mantra. Now this corrupt mythology lies in tatters, the crisis of conviction is profound"
economics  religion  crisis  debt  opinion  capitalism  uk  us  via:cityofsound  2008 
october 2008 by robertogreco
The party's over for Iceland, the island that tried to buy the world | World news | The Observer
"Almost overnight, its population became the wealthiest on Earth. Tracy McVeigh in Reykjavik finds that the credit crunch is making the cash disappear"
iceland  economics  recession  crisis  credit  markets  2008  finance  banking  via:cityofsound 
october 2008 by robertogreco
The destruction of old Beijing | Going, gone | Economist.com
"The city of street markets, temple fairs and the "little games" that so delighted Beijingers: for instance, their passion for keeping fighting crickets, fed with honey, and for inserting tiny carved flutes of bamboo into the tail-feathers of pigeons; whole flocks created aerial music over this reviewer’s courtyard house just a decade ago."
urban  urbanism  development  china  olympics  beijing  heritage  via:cityofsound  2008 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Living in an Urban World: how do designers and architects collaborate?: Cross-cultural Design: Professional Resources: AIGA
"According to Ramus, studying this process was an important reason to collaborate with Bruce Mau. He says that Rem Koolhaas’ practice is distinguished by its desire for collaboration. They seek out collaborators to work with at the earliest stages of designing—Mau is now a regular, along with 2 by 4 Design. According to Ramus, Mau is a deeply trusted collaborator, able to share and elucidate Koolhaas’ vision. Cheung also testifies that Bruce Mau’s design practice is defined by the etymological meaning of “studio”: studio as a place of study. Together, the design team closely studied the issues of information retrieval in the 21st century, and posed the question this way: what are the physical domains, the spatial scales that assert themselves in between your initial quest for information, and the final retrieval, in the form of a specific number in the Dewey decimal system?"
via:cityofsound  remkoolhaas  brucemau  design  wayfinding  collaboration  seattle  libraries  multidisciplinary  signage  princeramus  architecture  howwework  process  information 
august 2008 by robertogreco
databeautiful » Blog Archive » Visualizing Cultural Patterns
"Digitization of media collections, the development of Web 2.0 and the rapid growth of social media have created unique opportunities to studying social and cultural processes in new ways."
culture  research  datavisualization  visualization  ucsd  innovation  media  via:cityofsound 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Management reading | The many faces of innovation | Economist.com
"“We-Think” approach is not always the best, requiring as it does a good many preconditions, including a group of pioneers at its core, a wider circle of informed contributors, transparency and clear rules"
innovation  management  leadership  administration  books  cocreation  charlesleadbeater  via:cityofsound 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Artkrush | Twice-monthly News, Reviews, and Features on International Art and Design
"I'd like people to be open to their own experience, both individual & collective, w/out arriving w/ any assumed understanding of what will happen. This is exactly where engagement becomes crucial — it can make everyone experience something slightly dif
via:cityofsound  art  olafureliasson  senses 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Copenhagenize.com - Cycle Helmets and Other Religious Symbols
"It's times like these that I look admiringly to our friends in the Netherlands. The official helmet wearing statistic is 0% and 5% for children. The best safety stats on the planet. Here in Denmark we are at 11% nationally. For every percentage point tha
bikes  safety  via:cityofsound  law  helmets 
july 2008 by robertogreco
The Reign of Spain: European champions (of nearly everything) - Europe, World - The Independent
"Sunday night's triumph in Vienna was a moment of pride, unity and joy for this nation – and a mark of how far it's come."
culture  spain  football  politics  food  architecture  art  advertising  via:cityofsound  society  travel  españa  sports 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Backbone Magazine - Inter Active City: Can technology help solve the problems of city dwellers? Or even just tell them when a bus is coming?
Paulos bases much of his research on the Situationists, a movement founded in the late ’50s which encouraged urban folk to drift through the city aimlessly, looking at their surroundings in new ways
situationist  via:cityofsound  play  games  sustainability  urbancomputing  urban  ubicomp  community  politics  cities  urbanism  technology  research  ericpaulos 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Domusweb | NEWS | Adapted spaces and minimal interventions
"The city as a place of play and re-appropriation.” This situationist notion forms the basis for the exhibition “Reactivate!!” curated by Francesca Ferguson with Pepe Ballesteros at the Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló."
architecture  exhibitions  play  urban  space  via:cityofsound  art  adaptation 
june 2008 by robertogreco
The end of forward thinking | Sport | guardian.co.uk
"Football without strikers seems unthinkable, but according to Carlos Alberto Parreira, it's the future"
via:cityofsound  football  sports  future  history  soccer  futbol 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Getting on board with Amtrak's needs - The Boston Globe
"It is one thing to meet with an Amtrak worker for a photo-op. It is another to get on board for the rail service America needs for a green economy, less urban congestion, and a more civilized future."
amtrak  green  cars  politics  transportation  sustainability  barackobama  elections  2008  lobbying  energy  trains  via:cityofsound 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Last.fm + YouTube = music tv goodness
"This is a mashup of Last.fm and YouTube made by Tim Bormans. It’s best described as an online music television based on your taste."
music  YouTube  mashup  last.fm  audio  tv  via:cityofsound  lastfm 
may 2008 by robertogreco
The Sorted Nation: A Discussion with Authors Bill Bishop and Richard Florida – Part One | Planetizen
"with authors Bill Bishop & Richard Florida about how American cities and communities are increasingly attracting people with similar personality types, professional interests and voting preferences -- trends they've each documented in new books."
cities  economics  richardflorida  books  demographics  us  community  personality  trends  via:cityofsound 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Modric maps a future for the old-school playmaker | Sport | Guardian Unlimited
"classic playmaker is doomed. In Argentina, where victory of system over individual is not yet won, & in international...lack of training time = less sophisticated systems, perhaps will continue to prosper, but essentially Riquelme is a glorious anachroni
argentina  football  future  enganche  via:cityofsound  sports 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Post-Car Culture: Ray Oldenburg
"His book, "The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community", is a fascinating look at importance of those places in our lives...his definitive list of the benefits of third places t
thirdplaces  society  social  place  community  cities  streets  lcproject  rayoldenburg  schooldesign  via:cityofsound 
may 2008 by robertogreco
10 Things I Learned from Mental Detox Week | iain tait | crackunit.com
"phones are good; email can wait; ipods breed ipods; pens vs pixels; screens & sleep (funny side-effect); fractalization of stuff; computers create width not focus; felt cut off from stuff not people; w/out computers felt less creative; computers are easy
via:cityofsound  computers  detox  technology  ipod  gtd  television  tv  internet  wen  analog  concentration  process  attention  productivity  creativity  focus  learning  digital 
may 2008 by robertogreco
What crisis? Buenos Aires is a world leader by design - Americas, Travel - The Independent
"The period of need, introspection and experimentation that followed the currency crisis was to trigger a phenomenal creative impulse in the capital, and an army of restless designers began to manipulate the materials available to them in new and exciting
buenosaires  design  crisis  reinvention  reuse  materials  via:cityofsound 
april 2008 by robertogreco
In design, the temporary is so contemporary - Los Angeles Times
"Some architects are playing up the idea of impermanence, perhaps underscoring the changeability of our times and town."
architecture  design  society  change  permanence  shigeruban  time  losangeles  temporary  via:cityofsound 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Where: Exploring the City of Tomorrow
"If Google's effort at TransITech is successful, live, up-to-date GPS-powered transit tracking for every major city in the country (and beyond) could be a reality much sooner than one might imagine."
buses  cities  culture  mapping  maps  gps  surveillance  google  future  urban  transportation  tracking  transitech  planning  policy  via:cityofsound  urbancomputing  locative  location 
march 2008 by robertogreco
LRB · Jonathan Raban: Diary [Maybe the best analysis of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton yet]
"Clinton...is a classic technocrat and rationalist; Obama...a left-of-centre empiricist. Clinton’s world is one of absolutes, with no exceptions to the rules; Obama’s is far messier and less amenable to the blunt machinery of government."
barackobama  hillaryclinton  democrats  elections  2008  us  politics  rhetoric  identity  jonathanraban  via:cityofsound  messiness  change  reform  government  leadership  generations  feminists 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Economics focus | Grossly distorted picture | Economist.com
"Using growth in GDP per head rather than crude GDP growth reveals a strikingly different picture of other countries' economic health."
economics  growth  via:cityofsound  gdp  wealth 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Online social networks | Everywhere and nowhere | Economist.com
"So it is entirely conceivable that social networking, like web-mail, will never make oodles of money. That, however, in no way detracts from its enormous utility."...“E-mail in the wider sense is the most important social network"
business  internet  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  email  linkedin  thunderbird  facebook  myspace  tahoo  google  microsoft  aol  bebo  webmail  via:cityofsound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
CoolTown Studios: Remixing Cities - a must read (quote below is from PDF that post links to)
"So city leaders invest huge efforts to adapt school systems to demands of modern service & innovation economy...debate is about schools & teachers’ contracts, not about learning in families, communities & workplaces"
urbanism  urban  via:cityofsound  schools  schooldesign  community  planning  cities  future  well-being  cocreation  creativeclass  sustainability  lcproject  gamechanging  learning  education 
march 2008 by robertogreco
7.5th Floor » Blog Archive » Concepts That Go Against the Technological Tide in Social, Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
"Technology as wall: isolates us from unknown & uncontrolled noise; Sporadic connectivity planning: Very little done to help users plan in & off times; Unubiquitous mode - prevent & help manage frequent distraction & possible misuse of technology"
ubicomp  technology  via:cityofsound  society  etiquette  management  social  connectivity 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Japan's property markets | Building wealth | Economist.com
"Houses in Japan are supposed to be built to withstand earthquakes. Even so, few of them defy demolition for more than a few decades. The housing stock is amazingly young: more than 60% built after 1980"
architecture  japan  housing  economics  construction  property  politics  law  via:cityofsound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Streetsblog » Young Japanese Just Say No to Cars
"Car culture is on wane in Japan. WSJ reports car sales in Japan down 31% since peak in 1990...not only...stagnant population growth...newest generation of would-be buyers, just doesn't think cars are all that necessary"
architecture  cars  cities  future  urbanism  climate  japan  trends  carfreecity  urban  via:cityofsound  transportation 
march 2008 by robertogreco
How do you build a public library in the age of Google? - By Witold Rybczynski - Slate Magazine
Dan Hill puts it well: "Not much innovation here, and save Seattle's magnificent library courtesy of OMA, some very dated thinking in US libraries."
architecture  library  libraries  design  future  reading  literature  via:cityofsound  witoldrybczynski  seattlepubliclibrary 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Sid Lowe finds the Spanish media desperate to put some kind of gloss on the unthinkable - that their rivals across the Med play better football | World news | guardian.co.uk
"In the second part of our series, Sid Lowe finds the Spanish media desperate to put some kind of gloss on the unthinkable - that their rivals across the Med play better football"
football  italy  spain  via:cityofsound  culture  españa  sports 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Pruned: Hyperlocalizing Hydrology in the Post-Industrial Urban Landscape
"truly innovative stormwater management system...Portland, Oregon...“first of its kind anywhere,” Perry's project replaced city's combined storm/sewer pipe system with landscaped curb extension carved out of portion of street's parking zone"
portland  oregon  via:cityofsound  design  runoff  sustainability  landscape  infrastructure  engineering  green  suburbs  streets  urban  urbanism  water 
march 2008 by robertogreco
stevenberlinjohnson.com: Games and the iPhone
"knew SDK was coming...some kind of enterprise support...But you watched those games -- particularly with accelerometer support -- and it was suddenly clear that iPhone platform is potentially serious competitor to DS & PSP."
games  videogames  wii  iphone  via:cityofsound  nintendo  nintendods  psp 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Architects of Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires, City of Faded Elegance
"The architects of Buenos Aires have left some of the most vivid impressions on the surface of this city. Stunning facades and architectural details are among the primary characteristics that create the beauty of Buenos Aires."
architects  architecture  buenosaires  argentina  via:cityofsound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Pitch Invasion » Features » Argentinian Football: A Primer
"history of Argentine football has been dominated from outset by Buenos Aires club....address couple of historical errors that have tended to creep into English-language writing about those clubs...allowing for that place of capital in game’s developmen
football  argentina  buenosaires  maps  via:cityofsound  sports 
march 2008 by robertogreco
PartIV » Blog Archive » “Sunbathing satellites”
Boy scouts used to be able to tell which way was north by the side of the tree that the moss grew on. Nowadays, I suspect they’d orient themselves by the direction of satellite dishes."
architecture  behavior  via:cityofsound  society  change  wayfaring  scouting  direction  technology  nature 
march 2008 by robertogreco
The Revolution Will Be Televised
"TV can avoid the music industry’s fate and survive the digital age, but only by beating the Internet at its own game."
broadband  business  cinema  film  television  tv  internet  web  media  convergence  copyright  music  trends  via:cityofsound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
dezeen » Blog Archive » 10×10 Housing Project by Tom Dixon, Shigeru Ban, David Adjaye etc
Design Indaba 08: here are images of housing designs by teams including Tom Dixon, Shigeru Ban, David Adjaye, Thomas Heatherwick And Klein Dytham for Design Indaba’s 10×10 Housing Project at Freedom Park in Cape Town, South Africa.
via:cityofsound  architecture  design  housing  homes  davidadjaye  shigeruban 
march 2008 by robertogreco
future frequency: Michael Malone - MediaX
"disturbing trends in corporation...realizes that Virtual Corporation has happened faster than ever imagined...trends: 2nd-3rd billions of mobile phone owners = different breed; global wireless broadband web; entrepreneurial society; new generation"
trends  business  mobile  phones  entrepreneurship  wireless  change  society  world  global  culture  via:cityofsound  autonomy  craft  longtail 
march 2008 by robertogreco
free running in the digital city | serial consign
"Sweep aside all the plot junk and you are left with the potential for an exciting new simulation of the city as an elaborate playground. What immediately caught my attention about these preliminary screenshots is manner in which architectural elements are demarcated. As per her training in "the art of displacement" Faith possess an innate ability for reading the geometry of her surroundings and this translates into a playing field where the objects, surfaces and assemblies that comprise the city are colour coded according to accessibility. When considered in this manner, the city becomes a giant text and, fittingly, play revolves around spatial problem solving and wayfinding rather than trigger finger virtuosity."

[Link rot, so Wayback: http://web.archive.org/web/20110520160203/http://serialconsign.com/node/192 ]
space  videogames  games  gaming  parkour  via:cityofsound  exploration  openplay  play  cities  urban  urbanism  gregsmith 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Super Colossal » This Next Test Is Impossible
"This year will see two games released in which rethinking spatial organisation will become the principle gameplay element. Yes."
space  videogames  games  gaming  echochrome  via:cityofsound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
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