In advance of a conference
on natural disasters this week in Kobe, the United Nations is warning city-makers to...beware what lies beneath! Okay, so they're probably not flacking the kind of eldritch horrors that our friends in the Fantastic Four dealt with in their very first issue, but according to this article
from the BBC they are concerned about concentrations of subterranean development in the same places that get hit with tsunamis and earthquakes.
Friday, January 14, 2005 - 9:34pm PST
What happens in a city where the rule of law and public health fall apart, but capitalism and technology do not? It's a different kind of post-apocalyptic town -- Los Angeles without the Blade Runners, or maybe just present-day Johannesburg. Here's
an article from the Naval War College Review
from a couple years back that sketches the map of such a city. All the problems of a megacity and none of the fun, it sounds like.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 7:05pm PST
|Take a planning challenge, add some technology and a pinch of public process, mix them just the right, and you have a recipe for good decision making. Orlando County Florida is cooking up such an event- and planners, practitioners, academics and members from all communities will be interested in watching their progress. |
Orlando Florida is embarking on a year-long initiative to address economic, environmental, land use, and transportation needs for a 90,000-acre study area in southeast Orange County.
Sunday, January 9, 2005 - 3:03pm PST
I wanted to offer this picture as a New Year's gift for those interested in the sometimes strange mix of technology and space. I took this a couple years back in Chang Mai, Thailand.
Wednesday, January 5, 2005 - 11:19am PST
Because I can: here's another Wired story I can flack. Writer David Goldenberg collects half a dozen examples of supercool, high-tech bridges
in the latest issue. When Chris or Abhijeet teach me how to upload pics with our new software, I'll put a couple here. Meanwhile, the story's online. Salient bits:
Today, an explosion of new designs and materials is creating a third golden age of bridge building. Cable-stays transfer the load on the roadway to towers via radiating wires. Electromagnetic dampers and giant underwater shock absorbers resist the kinetic energy of wind, quakes, and collisions. Sensors - fiber-optic cables, digital cameras, and accelerometers - let engineers know how bridges are holding up in real time. And higher-performing steel, concrete, and carbon fiber-reinforced polymers are making spans lighter, stronger, longer, and taller.
Monday, January 3, 2005 - 2:13pm PST
|Exciting improvements in planning are possible when GIS tools are used in combination with public participation tools such as keypad polling. During a comprehensive plan update meeting in Hayden Colorado, flip charts were replaced with computerized systems and keypad voting tools to gather resident input on a proposed development and future growth. CommunityViz and GIS were used to analyze the impacts of growth and to create a visualization of what the proposed development would look like in the landscape.|
Tuesday, December 21, 2004 - 12:49pm PST
Because I'm kind of a dumbass, I forgot to post the link to this really interesting story
from the December issue of Wired
, the magazine for which I work. Does it still count as flacking my mag if I didn't write or edit the story?
Anyway, the point of the piece is that you can control traffic by not controlling it -- let chaos reign, and people naturally slow down and find their own order. Wisdom of crowds, or something like that.
Sunday, December 19, 2004 - 7:55pm PST
This time I didn't make it up. From the strange, inventive, and apparently European Web site socialfiction.org comes Psychogeographical Markup Language
, a way to tag urban environments with metadata that's not cartographic but emotional. They say, "PML incorporates work done in fields like annotated space, geo-tagging, mental mapping, GIS & collaborative mapping but is different in that it aims at the invisible & the absurd."
As socialfiction's explanation
Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 4:32pm PST
David Sucher argues that France's spectacular new bridge is not just a feat of engineering -- it's architecture
"...I'd suggest that it qualifies as architecture, maybe even top-notch architecture..."
Brian Micklethwait wonders about the reason
for building the bridge:
"Economically it looks crazy to me. A few more curves on the road and they could surely have saved themselves billions."
Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 12:42pm PST
(subscription required, unfortunately) in the Wall Street Journal:
"The most important development this year in U.S. wireless communications wasn't the headline-grabbing mergers of various wireless carriers. It was the quiet, gradual rollout by Verizon Wireless of a technology called EV-DO, which for the first time is providing broadband-speed Internet access over the air from anywhere in the cities where it has been deployed."
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 7:37pm PST