Yes, yes, blogosphere echochamber mutual admiration blah blah blah. It pays the bills, baby. My day job
this month has a fun, interesting package on hybrid cars and how they're going to change the shape of the energy debate (and here is a link
to it, on which you may click upon with your mouse device, should you so choose).
Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 6:03pm PST
You know the end is nigh. Now the big brains at Columbia have confirmed it. The Center for Hazards & Risk Research
has released a report (PDF chunks of which available here
) called Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Risk Analysis. It lists (and maps and charts) the places on Earth most in danger of drought, earthquake, volcano, landslide, flood, or tornado.
Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 5:37pm PST
Friday, March 25, 2005 - 8:42am PST
Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 11:18pm PST
I'm in San Francisco this weekend for the annual 2005 American Planning Association Conference
. On Saturday, I'm presenting on a panel, "Computer-Based Decision-Support and Visualization Strategies", organized by Kenneth Topping, FAICP of Topping Associates International.
I'll be releasing my annual list, "Top Five Technologies For Planning, 2005". After the session, I'll post my top technologies here also.
Rumor has it that the Moscone West Conference Center is outfitted with wireless Internet access. If so, I'll blog the presentations, as well as publish a few photos of the event.
Mark Sorensen, University of Redlands: Linkages between knowledge-base, multiple criteria analysis and GIS
Other presenters include:
Chuck Donley, Donley & Associates Inc.: Using vector data for site selection, land use allocation, forecasting, and visualization.
Ken Snyder, PlaceMatters.com: Using visualization and GIS tools on the neighborhood scale
Dr. Michael Flaxman, Assistant Industry Manager for Design, ESRI: A Conceptual and Technical Framework for GIS-Based Land Use Planning: Alternative Futures for La Paz, Mexico
The official panel description: "Presenters will showcase IT-based approaches to community outreach and decision making. Case studies include redevelopment of Lower Manhattan and other high-pressure planning situations. The enhanced program includes 3-D visualization geared for use in public settings, electronic democracy techniques, scenario-building models, web-based GIS, and multi-media tools. "
Friday, March 18, 2005 - 8:44pm PST
Hey, if any of y'all are going to be in Kobe after April, find out if it's true that the city is running a pilot project to embed Radio Frequency Identification (RFID
) chips in public places, to be read by anybody's PDA. According to RFID in Japan
(which says the story comes from an article, in Japanese, on CNET Japan
Friday, March 18, 2005 - 5:28pm PST
Japan has cooler cell phones than us. We just have to accept. My sister-in-law lives over there, and every time she comes to visit, her phone does more stuff than mine. I get a camera; she gets a camera with a flash. I get downloadable ringtones, she gets to play MP3s. Grrr.
Now, Japanese cell-phone app company Navitime
(in Japanese) is offering a navigation service that gives you overhead maps (with real pictures) to guide you to destinations.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 11:57am PST
The Museum of Chinese in Americas is undertaking an installation of a digital media project that explores New York City's Chinatown. www.moca-nyc.org/MoCA/content.asp?cid=17
Its an extremely interesting example of digital archiving that recognizes the multiple ways we learn about cities - both physically and virtually. A hope of things to come? Putting our information and databases to use in helping us learn more, and subsequently, feel a stronger connection to place is an increasingly utilized concept already expressed in more mundane sites such as Citysearch.
Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 12:41pm PST
An article in Computerworld, Political Animals
offers an interesting glimpse into how senior IT professionals see urban governance and the battle for wireless zones in cities.
Monday, February 28, 2005 - 7:38pm PST
I appreciate Charlie's post on Wifi. Can't we believe that cities are still capable of providing public services? There are a number of problematic examples of private companies taking over public utilities such as water and electricity. The experience from these experiments illustrates a number of useful lessons in who gets left out and how and where the money is spent.
That said, I also believe that broadband is a fundamentally different kind of service than water and sewer. We no longer live in an age when cities provided all services as well as funding for revitalization activities.
Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 2:00pm PST