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

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

“In a recent article, Neil Brenner and Christian Schmid identified three “urban age discourses” that shape our current episteme. Urban triumphalism, as championed by economists like Edward Glaeser, regards the city as an engine of innovation and civilization and prosperity. Sustainable urbanism imagines cities as hotbeds of resilience and environmental consciousness. Finally, technoscientific urbanism reflects… Continue reading Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019

Your Data Footprint Is Affecting Your Life In Ways You Can’t Even Imagine

“A massive scientific undertaking to study the human condition is set to launch in January of 2017. The Kavli Human Project, funded by the Kavli Foundation, plans to recruit 10,000 New Yorkers from all walks of life to be measured for 10 years. And by measured, they mean everything: all financial transactions, tax returns, GPS… Continue reading Your Data Footprint Is Affecting Your Life In Ways You Can’t Even Imagine

Why I got out of New York City

“Middle-income residents — already a smaller percentage of the population here than the national average — are seeing incomes shrink and opportunities decline. Even as New York’s GDP increased by nearly 50% between 1990 and 2007, the average wage stayed flat, at about $16 an hour. And the share of income received by the middle… Continue reading Why I got out of New York City

What to Do If You’re Falling Out of Love With New York

“even though we all know New York is a terrible place for creative types, it is also a wonderful place for creative types, because sometimes people show up at 11pm on a Wednesday to watch grown adults roll around on a floor in the east 30s.” – What to Do If You’re Falling Out of… Continue reading What to Do If You’re Falling Out of Love With New York

Moby: Los Angeles, The First City of the Apocalypse – Creative Time Reports

“New York had entered the pantheon of big cities that people visit and observe and patronize and document, but don’t actually add to, like Paris. No one goes to Paris imagining how they can contribute to the city. People go to Paris thinking, “Wow, I want to get my picture taken with Paris in the… Continue reading Moby: Los Angeles, The First City of the Apocalypse – Creative Time Reports