Chris Steins is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Planetizen.
reports on CNET's national map
which offers a state-by-state summary of developing fiber or Wi-Fi projects, and the legal barriers states are are facing in implementing these projects.
From a CNET article
Tuesday, May 3, 2005 - 8:50pm PDT
Monday, April 25, 2005 - 5:10pm PDT
Related to Charles' article about google maps and satellite imagesâ€¦
The emerging MemoryMap pool
on Flickr, where people annotate maps and photos (frequently taken from google maps) with their memories linked to specific places, takes the Google map service to a new fun level. So why not bring this into the planning process? Maps, like this example here
Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 3:19pm PDT
is one of those inexpensive but creative ways of combining technology with space. to me, its exciting to see public art move into this realm - dealing expressly with communications rather than focused solely on physical beautification. potentially so much more than a mural....
"[murmur] is an archival audio project that collects and curates stories set in specific Toronto locations. At each of these locations, a [murmur] sign will mark the availability of a story with a telephone number and location code.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - 6:00am PDT
The data's from the real-estate consultancy Emporis
. Note that these numbers count thousands
of 'scrapers. Hong Kong bristles with 'em!
Says the Economist
Hong Kong has 7,417 skyscrapers, more than any other city, according to Emporis, a firm that tracks the construction of high-rises. By its definition, a building must be over 35 metres tall to qualify as a skyscraper. New York ranks second with 5,444 skyscrapers; Los Angeles has just 450. Chicago's Sears Tower has more floors than any of its rivals, though other skyscrapers are taller.
Monday, April 18, 2005 - 11:14am PDT
With all the talk of municipal wireless initiatives, it will be interesting to see what implications (if implemented) these networks will have on individual neighborhoods. As a planner working in a neighborhoods in Philadelphia, how should I assist my clients in best utilizing Philadelphia's wireless to create a stronger fabric between people and place? There are increasing number of community based applications that utilize rather simple technology to create new communication tools between residents.
Friday, April 15, 2005 - 5:55am PDT
Sorry about the giant graphic, but I like the pretty colors.
This is the Torino scale, a Richter scale for asteroid strikes. Unlike the old Richter scale used to do -- measuring the magnitude of an earthquake -- Torino measures the likelihood of a hit, and how bad that hit's going to be.
For a while, when some backyard astronomer with a high-powered 'scope would see something that looked like it was on the way to a "rendezvous," he'd send a telegram to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
(this is before email), and they'd send out a notice to the world astronomy community saying, basically, keep watching the skies.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005 - 5:35pm PDT
Check out the Moscow that never was -- but might have been, if Stalin had gotten his way.The architectural designs
are in the City Beautiful vein, typical of egotistical rulers and their capital city makeovers. So yeah, there's that Daniel Burnham/Chicago
Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 12:48pm PDT
More human beings are moving to cities. You already know that. But according to new data (plus maps!) from the Global Rural Urban Mapping Project
at Columbia University (yes, that acronym is GRUMP), the Earth looks even more citified than anyone thought.
Mixing satellite data with stats from that Gridded Population of the World
Tuesday, April 5, 2005 - 9:39am PDT
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