infovore + planning   12

Three things a city in charge of its destiny ought to know about software | Matt Edgar writes here
"Instead of asking “will it scale”, ask a better question: “Does it gracefully handle massive diversity?”... This is not to say that scale doesn’t matter. Rather, understanding diversity is the better starting point. The diversity question accommodates scaling; the scaling question tramples all over diversity." A good post from Matt Edgar, but this point is particularly good.
government  scale  diversity  software  mattedgar  planning 
january 2015 by infovore
Recipes: starting & prototyping a new project
This is good - although it's _another_ reminder that my notebooks are not as legible as they once were.
design  planning  software  gds 
july 2014 by infovore
Jones the planner: Hackney Hipsters
Wonderful article about Hackney - and, specifically, a natural history of the borough as it is right now. The history of social housing throughout the area is particularly interesting; also, I found the distinction between "gentrification" and "yuppification" useful. Ignore the title - it is a meaty piece, with about 2% of it being about hipsters.
hackney  london  cities  planning  gentrification 
december 2012 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: California City
"In the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is a suburb abandoned in advance of itself—the unfinished extension of a place called California City. Visible from above now are a series of badly paved streets carved into the dust and gravel, like some peculiarly American response to the Nazca Lines (or even the labyrinth at Chartres cathedral). The uninhabited street plan has become an abstract geoglyph—unintentional land art visible from airplanes—not a thriving community at all."
geography  architecture  planning  aerialviews  space  suburbs  landart  bldgblog 
november 2009 by infovore
russell davies: ruricomp
"So much city thinking seems mad keen for a return to city states; autonomous islands, connected to each other through finance and fibre but not to land that surrounds them. It's a little bit collapsist; let's wrap the city around us while we still can. But maybe we could think about network technologies as a way to reintegrate rural and urban rather than accelerate the dominance of one over the other. Perhaps all this brilliant city thinking could lift its eyes a little and look beyond the city walls - I'd love to see what we'd come up with then."
ruricomp  ubicomp  urbancomputing  urbanism  cities  architecture  russelldavies  planning 
september 2009 by infovore
Commissioning for Attention Part 1 - Read Me! « TEST
"...these ideas have been massively influenced by friends working in game design, agile website design or service design. Narrative media is still (outside of gaming) light-years behind the curve compared to the work going on in these disciplines, so a lot of the time I’m trying to act as a translator - taking concepts and ideas from more functional design disciplines into narrative/editorial contexts. When I speak to indies or producers, there’s a set of blogs/presentations that I tend to refer them to, so I thought i’d start by sharing this reading list." This looks like it's going to be an excellent series from Matt Locke.
mattlocke  crossplatform  media  design  comissioning  planning  trends  advice  data  platform 
march 2009 by infovore
[this is aaronland] Tree planting and tree hugging in the age of personal informatics
"Everything breaks, so what happens when we wire the world on the sort of massive scale being proposed and every day is more irritating than the next? Probably what will happen is that people will just walk away from the entire project damning it first with market insignificance and if that doesn't work then rendering it meaningless with government regulation. It's worth at least talking about." Aaron is awesome.
design  designengaged  metrics  planning  capacity  informatics  ubicomp  noise  flow 
october 2008 by infovore
russell davies: slow strategy
"...doing strategy happily is probably more important than doing it quickly or slowly."
strategy  planning  projectmanagement  speed  quality  projects  gtd 
september 2008 by infovore
The Brainy Gamer: GLS - Battling the curse of more
I like some of Lipo's design ideas - Pillar Values, Pillar Verbs - but I'm not convinced by the examples he uses; I always get scared of this development-by-list idea. Still, more on focus on limitations, and the "resources without meaning" point is good.
games  design  planning  management 
july 2008 by infovore
Katy is blogging again. Hurrah! It looks good, so far.
blogging  friends  media  planning  advertising 
january 2008 by infovore
BLDGBLOG: War/Photography: An Interview with Simon Norfolk
"Cologne was built by Charlemagne – but Cologne has the shape that it does today because of the abilities and non-abilities of a Lancaster Bomber." Phenomenal interview. Worth savouring every word.
architecture  photography  society  art  war  cities  planning 
december 2006 by infovore
New Statesman - City of illusions
"The map is an idealisation, a beautiful illusion of symmetry and grace. It gives form and order to the formless and disordered appearance of the capital." - Peter Ackroyd in the New Statesman, on the exhibition of London's Maps at the BL.
maps  cartography  culture  peterackroyd  london  cities  planning  urban  architecture 
november 2006 by infovore

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