Chicago digital team member shares learnings for next mayor Lightfoot
Some reflections and lessons from a friend and collaborator during the early years of the Emanuel administration.
chicago  mayor  digital  office 
4 days ago
Going Critical
"There are ideas and cultural practices that can take root and spread in a city that simply can't spread out in the countryside. (Mathematically can't.)"
city  network  density  diffusion 
7 days ago
When time became regular and universal, it changed history
"The end-times achieved a kind of temporal integration, like the backing a mirror needs if we are to see anything. They converted the experience of one-thing-after-another into a narrative plot. No longer was time passing away, empty and irredeemable, tick-tick-tick; it now had meaning and an ending, tick-tock."
time  temporality  apocalypse  eschatology 
8 days ago
Man Accidentally Swallows AirPod, AirPod Keeps On Rocking
This is only the begin of internal organ sound amplification. Where is the swallowable subwoofer?
airpod  speaker  body  internal 
17 days ago
At the intersection of architecture and mental health: trauma-informed design
I love this. The implications of architecture on mental health is under-explored.
architecture  mental  health  design 
21 days ago
Black Ice: The Science of the Yamaha DX7
"The DX7 has gone from world domination to toppled god to a charming sort of ornament and instant audio reference point in a producer’s palette."
synthesizer  keyboard  80s 
21 days ago
Formative movement/moment in my musical evolution: the criminalization of repetitive beats in mid-90s UK.
music  rave  culture 
5 weeks ago
Letter From a Drowned Canyon
"Lake Powell is dying, and from its corpse the Colorado River is emerging."
nature  water  america  west  climate  change 
6 weeks ago
"Endlessly unique ambient music."
ambient  audio  generative 
8 weeks ago
Hudson Yards Is Manhattan’s Biggest, Newest, Slickest Gated Community. Is This the Neighborhood New York Deserves?
"Over all, Hudson Yards epitomizes a skin-deep view of architecture as luxury branding. Each building exists to act like a logo for itself. The assortment suggests so many crowded perfume bottles vying for attention in a department store window display."
hudson  yards  nyc  urban  design  size  scale 
9 weeks ago
Smart Cities or Surveillance Cities?
"Technology is shaping our cities whether we like it or not, so it's really important that we begin to have a conversation about this new social contract."
cityfi  arrayofthings  planning  weho  smart  cities 
10 weeks ago
From video game to day job: How ‘SimCity’ inspired a generation of city planners
"By masking the real-world effect of car-oriented transit and only allowing single-use zoning, he said, “SimCity” veers from entertainment into ideology."
landuse  simulation 
10 weeks ago
Could Denver Become the Country's First City Designed for Women?
"What if we stopped jesting and examined why this situation is generally accepted?"
female  urban  design 
11 weeks ago
Lessons From Italy's Matera, the Sustainable City of Stone
"We are trying to recreate the golden age of Matera on a wide, sometimes indiscriminate scale, couched in language of inspiration, rather than precedent."
sustainable  urban  design  matera  italy 
11 weeks ago
Mixtapes — Quartz Obsession
“Cassettes and vinyl are the analogue cockroaches to the nuclear Armageddon that is digital formats.”
cassette  mix  tape 
12 weeks ago
Silent Meditation on vinyl
"Note: this does not require a record player to be fully enjoyed. Technically, it doesn’t even require this record."
record  meditation 
february 2019
The LOVE Mix (with Daedelus)
An animated record turntable routine by Drew Tetz, set to a 90BPM mix by Daedelus, featuring 25 original phenakistoscope cards.
phenakistoscope  turntable  animation  music 
february 2019
Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the 'pencil towers' of New York's super-rich
"It seems fitting that in the cut-throat capital of capitalism, even the air is for sale."
architecture  supertall  skyscraper  nyc 
february 2019
Let there be light switches
What we lose when tactile interfaces disappear.
interface  design  tactile  memory 
february 2019
The city is my homescreen
Dan Hill with more required reading. "Uber works for the individual – a car is always within range – precisely because it does not work for the city, as the streets are deliberately congested with drivers."
design  planning  city 
february 2019
A Study on Driverless-Car Ethics Offers a Troubling Look Into Our Values
"Most players sacrificed individuals to save larger groups. Most players spared women over men. Dog-lovers will be happy to learn that dogs were more likely to be spared than cats. Human-lovers will be disturbed to learn that dogs were more likely to be spared than criminals."
driverless  machine  morality  AI 
february 2019
What Scale Figures Can Tell Us About Architecture
One way to approach human-centric building and landscape design.
people  architecture  scalies 
february 2019
Remembering Geocities, the Suburbia of the Early Web
"It’s especially notable that the Dutch use the same word, kraken, for hacking as well as squatting, suggesting a direct lineage between the city’s legacy of squatting in the ’60s and ’70s into the anarchist-leaning work that created the DDS in the ’90s."
web  spatial  metaphor 
january 2019
What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’
"Unread books are imagined reading futures, not an indication of failure."
books  clutter  collecting 
january 2019
Wielding Rocks and Knives, Arizonans Attack Self-Driving Cars
Road rage against robots, even if they are far, far safer than human drivers.
autonomous  vehicle  robot  car  rage 
january 2019
This undersea robot just delivered 100,000 baby corals to the Great Barrier Reef
Would be difficult to write a headline more appealing to me than this.
reef  robot 
january 2019
Boasting about how many hours you work is a sign of failure
"Productivity dramatically decreases with longer work hours, and completely drops off once people reach 55 hours of work a week, to the point that, on average, someone working 70 hours in a week achieves no more than a colleague working 15 fewer hours."
bullshit  labor  work 
january 2019
Black Mirror's "Bandersnatch" creates the future, not predicts it
"Instead of choosing your own adventure, what if Netflix is choosing for you?"
tv  interactive  data  tracking 
january 2019
Operation Rock Bottom investigates Florida's aquarium trade
Aquaculture won't solve this problem. But enforcement will.
poaching  illegal  fisheries  marine  reef 
december 2018
Where Are All the Female Architects?
"To get a sense of the state of opportunity for women in architecture, consider that the firm getting the most high-profile architectural commissions in the world right now has just one female principal and this web address: big.dk."
Architecture  gender 
december 2018
Why Retirement Communities Are Perfect for Self-Driving Cars
Yes, let the Boomers have a semblance of control. With safety.
autonomous  vehicle  retirement 
december 2018
An Ancient Corner of Italy Finds the World on Its Doorstep
The unknown corner of the world that is my family's motherland gets a full spread in the Times.
history  italy  basilicata  lucania 
december 2018
Illusion of control: Why the world is full of buttons that don't work
"In New York City, only about 100 of the 1,000 crosswalk buttons actually function."
brain  psychology  control  button 
december 2018
The Digital Maginot Line
"In a warm information war, the human mind is the territory. If you aren’t a combatant, you are the territory. And once a combatant wins over a sufficient number of minds, they have the power to influence culture and society, policy and politics."
information  war 
december 2018
Displaced: When the Eisenhower Expressway Moved in, Who Was Forced Out?
In-depth piece on the consequences of blasting a highway through a city.
race  history  transportation  urban  renewal 
november 2018
Are Pop Lyrics Getting More Repetitive?
Analysis of the repetitiveness of a dataset of 15,000 songs that charted on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1958 and 2017.
compression  analysis  visualization  music  lyrics 
november 2018
Phone Booth Coworking
Placemaking-as-a-service reaches parody. Must be catching on!
coworking  humor 
november 2018
Urban tree canopy data, visualized.
visualization  map  forest  expertise  trees 
november 2018
The Shot Stats Challenge
This should be required reading for anyone trying to fund a startup with Kickstarter.
tennis  funding  startup  app  hardware 
november 2018
Colorful Language: Decoding Utility Markings Spray-Painted on City Streets
"For those in the know, these odd scribblings provide a unique temporary windows into the complex systems running underneath our built environments."
utility  underground  street  marking  code 
november 2018
Cassette Store Day
I missed going back 24 years by 24 hours. Still love my mixtapes.
cassette  mix  music 
october 2018
Where We Live: A Map of Every Building in America
Classic maps answer questions like: How do I get from Point A to Point B? These data images, instead, evoke questions — sometimes, simply: What’s that?
map  buildings  use 
october 2018
When an AI Goes Full Jack Kerouac
A computer has written a “novel” narrating its own cross-country road trip.
AI  computer-generated  narrative  story 
october 2018
Music sounds better with food?
The theory of matching palates to playlists.
food  music 
september 2018
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