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Darwin comes to town: how cities are creating new species | Cities | The Guardian
"All this research seems to point in one direction: that the urban blackbird is evolving into a separate species, a case of true speciation."
birds  evolution  cities 
july 2018 by kevan
Who owns the space under cities? The attempt to map the ground beneath us | Cities | The Guardian
"In Australia, although pre-1891 land titles went “to the centre of the Earth”, those issued after 1891 extend down just 15 metres (49 feet)."
cities  underground  future  architecture 
july 2018 by kevan - Scrabble Capital
"In response to Brett Smitheram's call to make Croydon the 'Scrabble capital' of the United Kingdom, an attempt to calculate the current Scrabble capital of the United Kingdom, on the basis of highest word score."
creations  cities  scrabble 
december 2017 by kevan
Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London | Cities | The Guardian
"Under existing laws, public access to pseudo-public spaces remains at the discretion of landowners who are allowed to draw up their own rules for “acceptable behaviour” on their sites and alter them at will. They are not obliged to make these rules public."
law  cities  london 
july 2017 by kevan
Pietra Paesina’s Ruined Facades | Dataisnature
"The patterns of fractured light and dark within these rocks gives the impression of ruined cubist cityscapes, disjointed mountainous terrains with foliage and vividly etched tautozonal landscapes near the moment of sunset."
stone  cities  illusions 
november 2016 by kevan
Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful | MIT Technology Review
"Quercia and co begin by creating a database of images of various parts of the center of London taken from Google Street View and Geograph, [then] crowdsourced opinions about the beauty of each location."
walking  cities  maps 
july 2014 by kevan
The Past and Present of Croydon's London Road
"In the articles on this website, I follow the history of each individual address [on Croydon's London Road] back as far as possible — in most cases, to the time when it was first built."
history  architecture  cities  croydon 
february 2014 by kevan
Google Maps personalization will hurt public space and engagement. - Slate Magazine
"In Google’s world, public space is just something that stands between your house and the well-reviewed restaurant that you are dying to get to. Since no one formally reviews public space or mentions it in their emails, it might as well disappear from Google’s highly personalized maps."
maps  cities  delusions 
may 2013 by kevan
How astronaut Chris Hadfield showed Berlin's ongoing struggle for unification | World news | The Guardian
"In the eastern part there are sodium-vapour lamps with a yellower colour. And in the western parts there are fluorescent lamps – mercury arc lamps and gas lamps – which all produce a whiter colour."
space  cities  via:blech 
april 2013 by kevan
How a high-rise craze is ruining London's skyline | Art and design | The Observer
"A decade ago, plans for buildings such as the Shard and the Gherkin were widely publicised, provoked debate and were the subject of public inquiries. Now, developers and architects hold modest public exhibitions in the immediate neighbourhood of their proposals and are not overanxious that they should be more widely known about."
london  cities  construction 
december 2012 by kevan
Partizaning | Russian Guerilla-style city planning « Land Reader – Landscape Architecture Urbanism Architecture
"Anton Make and Igor Ponosov came up with the idea for Partizaning when they saw the need for bicycle infrastructure in Moscow and initial hand drew a cycling routes around for the city and then made them into electronic versions. The cycle routes garnered some media attention and Partizaning groups started setting up local projects and started painting zebra crossings whilst dressed as city workers."
activism  cities  paint 
november 2012 by kevan
China Mieville on Apocalyptic London -
"But London’s growing fake public space, corporate-owned stretches that pretend to be piazzas and streets but lock down and exclude citizens as Occupy movements and other irritations necessitate, abjures the backstreet-and-alleyway gestalt of the city."
london  cities  society  via:blech 
march 2012 by kevan
Lexiv, The Word City Builder
"Build a city using just your words in this innovative puzzle-strategy game where each part of speech has a different effect." It's an Xbox Live Indie Game.
games  language  cities 
january 2012 by kevan
Goblin Camp
"Goblin Camp is a roguelike citybuilder, inspired by Anno 1404, Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper."
games  cities  roguelike 
november 2011 by kevan
Robot Flâneur: Exploring Google Street View
"Robot Flâneur is an explorer for Google Street View. Select a city to start exploring. Follow the instructions or just go full screen for an urban screensaver of your choice."
cities  photos  random  via:blech 
june 2011 by kevan
Council quizzed over zombie invasion plans by resident - Telegraph
"The authority has yet to formally respond but has indicated that there are no specific references to zombies in its emergency plans."
zombies  cities  future  leicester 
june 2011 by kevan
BBC - Earth News - Adaptable urban birds have bigger brains
"[The] centre of a modern city is a novel and rather harsh environment for most species and the ability to sustain a varied diet or develop novel foraging techniques and perhaps utilise non-standard nesting places, can be beneficial."
cities  birds  brains  evolution 
april 2011 by kevan
502 - Hung Out to Dry: A Taxonomy of City Blocks | Strange Maps | Big Think
"The transformational process involved is threefold: the city on map A is deconstructed, its blocks are classified for size and shape, then reassembled in rows, arranged by type, on map B."
maps  cities  mutation 
february 2011 by kevan
Off diary: Volunteers flock to help cut council costs | Society | The Guardian
"The council says the cost of grass cutting and baling has risen to around £25,000 a year, with one of the most significant increases being disposal of the cut material. In contrast, the urban shepherd scheme costs around £1,800 a year."
sheep  cities  money  brighton  via:joh 
october 2009 by kevan
Kosmograd: Branding the boroughs 2
"John Leighton suggested that the old borough boundaries should be altered to conform to a honeycomb pattern. Within a five-mile radius of the General Post Office all the sprawling, differently sized boroughs were to become hexagonal-shaped areas, 2-miles across"
cities  maps  london  bees  board  via:jones 
october 2009 by kevan
Impressively exhaustive text descriptions of real-world locations in Britain, for the blind to use in place of maps. Tube stations and high streets; shops and room contents. It reads completely like the source code of a text adventure.
cities  travel  if 
may 2009 by kevan
BLDGBLOG: This Diseased Utopia: 10 Thoughts on Swine Flu and the City
"Just as our city streets are wide enough to accommodate the turning radius of a specific class of passenger vehicle, our office cubicles, kindergarten playrooms, courts of law, and university lecture halls could be measured against the infectious vectors of specific pathogens."
cities  design  architecture  pestilence  ballard 
april 2009 by kevan
BBC NEWS | UK | Eco-activists prepare for protest
Street games as 'familiarisation games', prior to the G20 protests. "[Capture the flag] was an opportunity for people to familiarise themselves with the area - the geography - so they know what to expect when we have to act quickly."
games  pervasive  activism  cities  london  surveillance 
march 2009 by kevan
Urban life is stressing out our songbirds | Environment | The Observer
"Songbirds in cities are damaging their health, exposing themselves to predators and weakening their gene pool by trying to be heard above the din of urban life. [...] Some birds, including robins, are choosing to sing at night instead of during the day." I always assumed that was purely a light pollution thing. Sad.
cities  birds  evolution  sound  pollution 
march 2009 by kevan
Can You See Me Now? | The Game
"Players are dropped at random locations into a virtual map of the streets around the Centro Parraga in Murcia. Tracked by satellites, Blast Theory's runners appear online next to your player. Situated in the real city, handheld computers showing the position of online players guide the runners in tracking you down." Running for the next hour, and again over the weekend.
games  cities  simulation  gps 
february 2009 by kevan
"One advantage of working outside of the traditional graffiti media is that cops aren’t really looking for guys attaching grids of foam board to giant TVs."
graffiti  cities  technology  art  via:anne 
january 2009 by kevan
How the city hurts your brain -
"People who had walked through the city were in a worse mood and scored significantly lower on a test of attention and working memory. [But crowded streets] also correlate with measures of innovation, as strangers interact with one another in unpredictable ways."
cities  brains  emergence  society  memory  via:jones 
january 2009 by kevan
Leicester heads for diversity milestone | Society | Society Guardian
"Leicester is to become Britain's first plural city, where no ethnic group will form a majority. [...] The city will become plural in [2019], researchers at the University of Manchester estimate."
cities  society  future 
november 2008 by kevan
Journey to the End of the Night - Ludocity
The canonical SF0 ruleset has now been released under creative commons at Ludocity. "The game was designed to produce the following in the player: FEAR, LUST, PAIN, SPEED, ALIENATION, LONELINESS, HATE, DESIRE."
games  design  cities  pervasive 
october 2008 by kevan
Walk Score
"Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle - not how pretty the area is for walking." Includes the UK.
maps  cities  walking 
july 2008 by kevan
Hide & Seek Festival 2008 : Social Games and Playful Experiences
Programme details are now live for the Hide and Seek pervasive gaming festival, running from the 27th to the 29th of June. "Everything from fine artists making location-based work to huge flashmob games within the public spaces of the Southbank Centre."
games  cities  art  architecture 
may 2008 by kevan
Sightseeing in Liberty City - a set on Flickr
"A side by side comparison of a photo tour in New York City and Liberty City." It's going to be strange visiting the city for the first time next month.
games  cities  architecture  simulation  tourism 
may 2008 by kevan
Grand Theft Auto IV (Xbox 360)
Strikingly good narrative - a lot of well-written dialogue, with different in-car conversations on the same theme when replaying a mission. Sympathetic and social characters, good physics, nice weather, fun multiplayer, and a lot of attention to detail.
gamelog  5stars  crime  transport  cities 
may 2008 by kevan - walking directions and maps
Generates walking routes within a few UK cities, optimising for low noise and air pollution.
cities  walking  maps  london  travel  pollution  via:diamond 
april 2008 by kevan
Cities for sale | Society | The Guardian
"[The Paradise Project] requires the first privatisation of a city centre anywhere in England. Liverpool city council has sanctioned the corporate enclosure of the 42-acre city-centre site, which encompasses 34 streets and a public park."
cities  business  shops  london  future 
march 2008 by kevan
Gilbert K. Chesterton - Orthodoxy
"If men loved Pimlico as mothers love children arbitrarily, because it is theirs, Pimlico in a year or two might be fairer than Florence. Some readers will say that this is a mere fantasy. I answer that this is the actual history of mankind."
cities  london  writing  future 
march 2008 by kevan
Andy Beckett walks along the 11-mile blue fence that cordons of the 2012 Olympics site in London | Society | The Guardian
"There was a street of intact and handsome old industrial buildings, a billboard advertising the new Lexus, and roads and pavements eerily populated only by traffic cones, like a scene from a post-apocalyptic film."
london  walking  paint  cities  sport  future  via:diamond 
march 2008 by kevan
cityofsound: The street as platform
"[In] imagining the scene below, via a kind of narrative, it's still remarkable to even sketchily consider how much data is already around us, and is near-invisible to traditional urban planning perspectives."
cities  design  gps  secrets  surveillance  technology  society 
february 2008 by kevan
Switched On London
"A number of sites will be lit from February 7th - 14th in an energy efficient way to show the power of light in the city. [We] we will be highlighting the unnecessary lighting of office space at night in the area."
events  light  cities  london  pollution 
january 2008 by kevan
Pruned: Modeling Urban Panic
"The goal of this project is to develop a reusable and behaviorally founded computer model of pedestrian movement and crowd behavior amid dense urban environments, to serve as a test-bed for experimentation."
simulation  crowds  architecture  emergence  walking  design  cities  zombies  via:zarba 
january 2008 by kevan
Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)
A clean hybrid of Prince of Persia and GTA, with a great, flowing sense of parkour across the 12th century rooftops of Damascus and Jerusalem. Slightly thin missions so far, and the meta-plot seems unwisely bolted on, but it's still exhilarating to play.
gamelog  4stars  death  secrets  history  weapons  war  cities  architecture 
november 2007 by kevan
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Disappointing that turning-enemies-against-each-other is so minor, and that the ethical dilemmas are so narrow, but if I'm going to be playing the mighty System Shock 2 again, a beautifully derelict 1950s underwater dystopia is a great place to play it.
gamelog  4stars  apocalypse  cities  society  water  mutation  dereliction 
september 2007 by kevan
Crackdown (Xbox 360)
A fun, cartoonish sandbox game, with a nice parkour feel plus the mission freedom of Mercenaries ("kill this one person over here, by whatever means"), although the near-future environment is very thinly painted, and the characters entirely forgettable.
gamelog  4stars  police  crime  weapons  transport  cities 
september 2007 by kevan
Spy plane employed to shame owners of heat-loss homes - Times Online
"Thermal images of homes have been taken by a light aircraft fitted with military spy technology to record the heat escaping from people’s houses."
surveillance  technology  cities  light 
september 2007 by kevan
Cities incite thunderstorms, researchers find
"Summer thunderstorms become much more fierce when they collide with a city than they would otherwise be in the open countryside." [...] "The tall buildings increase wind drag on the city, resulting in vertical velocities [that] can enhance rainfall."
weather  cities 
august 2007 by kevan
War of the Monsters (PS2)
A fairly standard combo-pushing beat-em-up, but the scale, destructability and pick-up-and-throw-ability of the environment makes it more entertaining. The physics are good enough to be funny, and the giant ant handles nicely.
gamelog  3stars  monsters  cities  demolition  ants  lizards  robots  apes 
august 2007 by kevan
Sim City (Nintendo DS)
The DS is a nice medium for the emergent background gardening of Sim City, but the game has been oversimplified into just zoning as much yellow as possible, and the useless advisers and zany cartoon lobbyists get in the way far too much.
gamelog  2stars  cities  simulation 
august 2007 by kevan
The catalogue of UK Entrances to Hell
Still around. "If you put your ear against Entooble and listen hard you may detect the distant calling of a parasympathetic choir who are coming very slowly toward the Upper Mantle bearing gifts of badness and false reason."
cities  secrets  magic  religion 
july 2007 by kevan
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories (PS2)
Enjoyable - some nice, incremental improvements in the basic game mechanics, a good neon-sunshine aesthetic, and an almost complete excision of double-entendre business names, which automatically makes the game world much more adult and realistic.
gamelog  5stars  crime  transport  drugs  nostalgia  america  cities 
june 2007 by kevan
Latourex - Laboratory of Experimental Tourism
"...discovering a capital by following the layout of its Monopoly board. Visit the streets, stations, jail, car park, water and electricity companies, etc all by throwing the dice and following the official rules of the game."
random  tourism  cities  dice  via:jodi 
may 2007 by kevan
:: Come Out & Play 2007 ::
"In collaboration with the Waag Society and the PICNIC Cross Media Week Festival, Come Out & Play will be running a two-day mini-festival in Amsterdam this September. Games will take place in locations around Amsterdam." Accepting submissions.
games  design  cities  todo 
may 2007 by kevan
Biodiversity: Wild Parrots Tame the Concrete Jungle
"At dawn, they take off from large roosting trees to forage for non-native figs, dates and avocados. [...] Residents of Ocean Beach believe the parrots arrived 25 years ago after a pet store burned down, and they never left."
birds  cities 
may 2007 by kevan
Will Self: PsychoGeography
Will Self on South London. "It goes without saying, that when Eliot observed that 'A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many / I had not thought death had undone, so many', the zombies he referred to are coming from the southern, commuter 'burbs."
london  cities  via:holly 
april 2007 by kevan
Number9dream - David Mitchell
A mix of Murakami staples and Japanese cliches, but brought together with attention-deficit enthusiasm, the narrator veering off into memory and daydream and fiction, Mitchell playing with random styles as skillfully as he did in Cloud Atlas.
booklog  japan  dreams  memory  delusions  cities  crime  secrets 
december 2006 by kevan
Google Maps + Google Video + Mashup - Claude Lelouch's Rendezvous
"On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB [driven] at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris. No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit."
maps  videos  france  transport  cities  via:yoz 
august 2006 by kevan
Goggles :: The Google Maps flight sim
Another thing directly using Google Map images - explore aerial photos by sedately flying a pinwheeling cartoon aeroplane over a selection of cities. Or sticking to the roads and playing it as old-school GTA.
games  maps  air  world  cities 
august 2006 by kevan
Pasi Kolhonen - City Wipeout
"The user interface allows the spectators to wipe the view clean of everything but the advertisements, signs or logos. All that remains is the blanket of advertising that covers the entire city."
advertising  cities  art  via:wmmna 
june 2006 by kevan
Land of the Dead (2005)
Badly disappointing, was expecting Romero to come up with something with a lot more point to it. The peaceful, victimised zombie society is hugely underplayed, there's no real sense of context or history, and the plot points are leadenly predictable.
filmlog  3stars  zombies  apocalypse  cities 
june 2006 by kevan
New Scientist - Evolution gets busy in the urban lab
"Evolution is operating with a vengeance in the urban environment as animals struggle to adapt to novel conditions and cope with 'evolutionary illusions'."
evolution  mammals  birds  cities  illusions  via:collision 
may 2006 by kevan
tecznotes - Scar Tissue
Aerial shot of a city slowly growing back around a demolished railway line.
architecture  cities  metaphors  photos  transport  via:waxy 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | By 2025, hedgehogs will have died out
"[The hedgehog's generalism and] inability to cope with very large, chemically denuded arable fields - in other words its fondness for the private, the scruffy and the marginal - all make it a measure of the state of the landscape's health as a whole."
mammals  apocalypse  evolution  cities  transport 
january 2006 by kevan
SFGate: Walking the World
Random people who've walked every street of their city. "Twenty-nine-year-old Phyllis Pearsall covered London's 23,000 streets on foot in a year in 1935. She walked 3,000 miles, charting her progress while mapping every street."
walking  cities  london 
december 2005 by kevan | Paris is buzzing
Parisian beekeeping. "The urban biotope is completely artificial, but a lot more varied than in the countryside. There are dozens of different species, and there is something in flower from April to October."
bees  france  cities 
december 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Bright fantastic
Designing a house to fit between the shadows of adjacent buildings. "Usually architects design a building and then test it. Here we spent six months testing what we call the 'solar geometry' before the design was even thought about."
architecture  design  light  cities 
november 2005 by kevan
Times Online: For Sale - Britain's Underground City
"The subterranean complex that was built in the 1950s to house the Conservative prime minister Harold Macmillan's cabinet and 4,000 civil servants in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack is being thrown open to commercial use."
underground  history  architecture  cities  war  dereliction  via:zarba 
november 2005 by kevan
The Joys of Being Homeless
"For a good part of 1992 I was homeless. What follows is some of the things I learned and did to keep going, but keep in mind that this is not the last word on the subject. I didn't then, and don't now, have all the answers for this type of situation."
society  money  cities 
october 2005 by kevan
The Observer | The city that ate the world
The growth of Beijing. "The second ring road that marked the city limits until the Eighties has been followed by the building of a third, fourth and fifth ring. The sixth is under construction."
architecture  china  cities  future  construction  metal  via:jones 
october 2005 by kevan
USC Interactive Media Division - Here Be Dragons
"[Both cities and creatures] can be placed in hierarchical systems (limbs->fingers, freeways->streets), both rely on an internal consistency where the whole needs its parts to function, but each part might not have a vision of the whole entity."
emergence  art  software  cities  monsters  via:wmmna 
august 2005 by kevan
Great Good Place
"In the absence of an informal public life, people's expectations toward work and family life have escalated beyond the capacity of those institutions to meet them." The importance of a social 'third space' aside from home and work. Pubs and Internet.
society  cities  via:gamesblog 
august 2005 by kevan
Metroblogging San Francisco: Zombie flashmob!
Flashmobs refusing to die. "A seed group of zombies will start at St. Mary's square, and as we march up Market St. we'll attack Willing bystanders, converting them and giving them ingredients to make more zombies."
zombies  cities  emergence 
july 2005 by kevan
Urban Dead - Suburbs
Someone's scraped a map of the city together. Fun that mostly-random block placement throws up a lot of intentional-looking patterns.
games  cities  maps  zombies 
july 2005 by kevan
New York Times: For Exercise in New York Futility, Push Button
"The city deactivated most of the pedestrian buttons long ago. [...] More than 2,500 of the 3,250 walk buttons that still exist function essentially as mechanical placebos, city figures show. Any benefit from them is only imagined."
transport  cities  lies  via:mcios 
july 2005 by kevan
Urban Dead - A Massively Multi-Player Web-Based Zombie Apocalypse
I've finally gotten around to knocking out a zombie web-game. "...military quarantine units have closed Malton's borders, and are moving in to eliminate the looters, to forcibly evacuate those civilians who still refuse to leave their homes."
games  zombies  creations  cities  apocalypse  roleplaying 
july 2005 by kevan
New Scientist: Gamers turn cities into a battleground
GPS games. "'Can You See Me Now?' exploits these shadows and blackspots, which can be extensive and vary with time as satellites move. [Players] have to build up knowledge of where the shadows and blackspots are, and then exploit these hiding places."
games  cities  secrets  technology  phones  via:foe 
june 2005 by kevan
Flickr Group: Memory Maps
Annotated aerial photos of childhood territories.
maps  children  history  photos  cities 
april 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: Leicester
"The motto 'Semper Eadem' was the Motto of Queen Elizabeth I who granted a royal charter to the city. It means 'always the same'."
cities  latin 
april 2005 by kevan
The Onion A.V. Club | Will Wright Interview
"It surprised me that no one had ever done a game about ants, and I kept waiting and waiting, and they never did. So it felt like something that I had to do, because I wanted to play it."
games  interviews  ants  society  cities 
february 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Plinth of the realm sought to beat the art vandals
Public-art vandalism. "Ten years ago the bronze nude was hacked off at the ankles, almost certainly stolen by professionals, leaving only a pitiful pair of feet on the plinth."
art  crime  metal  cities 
january 2005 by kevan
Xtreme Ant Farm at 24Hours7Days
"Xtreme Ants features highly detailed Xtreme Sports Park with trick towers, vertical ramps, gravity loops, climbing wall, bungee ravine, street luge speedway, and BMX biking arena."
ants  cities  lunacy  sport 
december 2004 by kevan
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