Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

“While some models of smart urbanism embrace the tools of “e-government” — report-a-pothole apps, for example, or community planning software — they typically lack any means of accommodating user input that challenges the underlying principles and ideologies of the tools.” – Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

‘Floating City’ Recoded High Above China Leads To Theories Of Parallel Universe

“News reports have indicated that thousands of residents have reported seeing the mysterious floating city high above Foshan, located in the Guangdong province of China. Then, only days later, people in Jiangxi were recording the same phenomenon. Many theories have surfaced to explain the phenomenon, including a theory that NASA is beginning the Blue Beam… Continue reading ‘Floating City’ Recoded High Above China Leads To Theories Of Parallel Universe

The chaos and tangled energy of living cities – Will Wiles – Aeon

“De-fanged by the sickly nostalgia of the new urbanists and the seductive sales patter of the postmodernist forces of ‘regeneration’, our urban discourse has settled into a cosy agreement that all we can and should do with the city is ameliorate and prettify. The consensus disdains intensity and drama, and obsesses about detail and paving… Continue reading The chaos and tangled energy of living cities – Will Wiles – Aeon

The Urban Village

“group clustering (the odds that your friends mutually know one another) does not change with city size. It seems that even in large cities we tend to build tightly knit communities, or ‘villages,’ around ourselves. There is an important difference, though: if in a real village our connections might simply be defined by proximity, in… Continue reading The Urban Village