Tim Halbur is communications director for the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).
You may have noticed that over the past few years we've learned a lot more about how the brain works. This is mostly due to advances in functional neuroimaging (fMRI), which makes brain scanning much less onerous and dangerous (no radiation involved). Researchers are using this new access to the brain to send it through various puzzles and thoughts and seeing where and how the brain reacts.
Josh Greene is an assistant professor at Harvard, and he has used his research to explore questions of moral judgement and decisionmaking. One puzzle he's looked at is called the "Trolley Problem." Here's the setup:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 8:51am PST
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 4:39pm PST
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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 8:37am PDT
AZUL: 12PM-3PM@The Brig - Abbot Kinney and Palm in
6PM-9PM@La Brea/Pico Billboard Eco Art - 4829
West Pico just east of La Brea
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 3:46pm PDT
I am a bicycle commuter in Los Angeles, which on the face of it is a pretty tricky proposition. The major boulevards here are designed like freeways, and people use them as such. Pico, Highland, Sepulveda, Olympic- these streets were built for speed and make commuting not a little tricky for your serious bicycle commuter.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 5:19pm PDT
On my way to work this morning, I was listening to an interview with the band Blitzen Trapper
on my iPod. They’ve got a beautiful song called ‘Furr’; the sound echoes 1970s folk rock- and roots influences like English folk, country and bluegrass. Anyway, Eric Early, the main songwriter, got my attention with his answer to this question:
INTERVIEWER: Obviously ‘American music’ means different things to different people. What does it mean to you?
Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 4:12pm PDT
Reporting from CNU 17 in Denver, where the thundercracks shook the Sheraton at various points throughout the day. Somehow though I've managed to be outside only when the sun is out.
Friday, June 12, 2009 - 8:40pm PDT
"Buyers value the dollar per square foot, and the builder responds by
delivering as many square feet of conditioned space as possible for $X.
If he can deliver 100 more square feet than the competition, most
buyers think it's a better value."
-Ron Jones, Green Builder Magazine, in The Washington Post.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 - 10:29am PDT
"Rules established in another era need to be rethought, " said Xavier de Sousa Briggs, associate director of the White House Office of Management and Budget this weekend in Cambridge. Briggs' job touches almost everything, from the postal service to the Department of Homeland Security, and it was admittedly exciting to see someone with an urban planning background in such a powerful position. Briggs spoke at lightning speed, and I could almost see the multitude of invisible connections going into his brain and back out to the White House. Much of what he's working on, he explained, is taking "old stovepipes" -- government agencies that have worked in silos for decades -- and making them talk to each other.
Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 5:55pm PDT
It’s always tempting returning from a vacation to a foreign country to come to conclusions about how that society works. This isn’t entirely a bad thing- after all, exposure to different ways of life are mind-expanding and suggest new possibilities. My first trip to Rome redefined the way I think of public space, and set me on a path leading to a career in urban planning.
Along the Philosopher's Walk in Kyoto.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:52am PDT