In this first in-depth case study of CPH City & Port Development, the corporation’s evolution and accomplishments are examined in their historic, political, and economic contexts.
copenhagen  urbanplanning 
7 days ago
How Amish farm produce gets to Whole Foods—without the internet, tractors, or phones
“Change can be good,” he said, “but it can also be scary. I prefer the 50-year change rather than the 5-minute change.”
food  agriculture  farming 
7 days ago
Hypnotized by Elon Musk’s Hyperloop | The New Yorker
Still, the trouble with the Hyperloop is not its breathless gee-whizzery. It’s the fact that it mistakes the charismatic mega-project for a viable solution to current problems.
The risk of taking every billionaire’s quirky visions at face value is that the entire world might soon become like Dubai—a mash of incompatible, proprietary infrastructures, run by the private sector, with no larger coherence or goal. It’s great set design, but terrible city planning.
elonmusk  infrastructure  technology  progress  discourse  publicsector 
7 days ago
On keeping up the tension between fieldwork and ethnography | Astuti | HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
Moving from fieldwork to ethnography is hard. It is hard because it requires letting go of the participatory experience and, in a way, turning against it. All of us, on writing our first ethnographic monograph, have probably felt that we were doing violence to that experience just by putting it down on paper—by taming it, reducing it, simplifying it for analytical and theoretical purposes.

I mentioned that the movement in this direction starts when we are still engaged in fieldwork, but there is a big difference between the way we produce ethnography then—as we analyze our daily experiences in our field notes—and the way we produce it later (sometimes much, much later).

The difference is that, when we are still surrounded by people and immersed in the sounds, the smells, the textures of the place, we cannot ignore the pushback against our analytical simplifications or straightforward misunderstandings—by the morning, what we have written down in the evening is already in need of refinement and qualification. By contrast, once we are back home, this productive (and collaborative) back and forth fades away and our ethnographic analyses can ever so easily lose their anchoring in what they are supposedly about.
ethnography  research  anthropology 
8 days ago
Impossible Burger’s ‘Secret Sauce’ Highlights Challenges of Food Tech - The New York Times
Impossible Foods is finding out what happens when a fast-moving venture capital business runs headlong into the staid world of government regulation.
“This rush to market is the Silicon Valley mind-set. They think because they’re doing something disruptive, the regulations that apply to other companies don’t apply to them."
food  regulation  pacelayering 
11 days ago
Data is the decision to acquire and measure bone-length dimensions from faces moving through the field of vision of a municipal CCTV camera. Code is the sorting of people into gendered buckets based on the results of those measurements. Policy is treating people differently depending on which bucket the system has placed them in.
adamgreenfield  data  code  algorithm  smartcities 
15 days ago
NYC Government x Design
The City will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) in Winter 2017 which will call for submissions showing expertise in digital design, communication design or service design.
newyork  work  procurement  municipal 
15 days ago
McNamara fallacy - Wikipedia
The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. This is OK as far as it goes. The second step is to disregard that which can't be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading. The third step is to presume that what can't be measured easily really isn't important. This is blindness. The fourth step is to say that what can't be easily measured really doesn't exist. This is suicide.
quote  measure  psychology  quantitative 
21 days ago
IBM’s Watson Won Jeopardy! But Can It Win the New AI Biz? | WIRED
"the only intelligent thing about Watson is their PR department"
ai  ibm 
21 days ago
Why we say no to surveys and focus groups | Digital Transformation Agency
Think about the last time you filled in a survey.

As you were filling in that survey, did you feel as though you were really, genuinely able to express to that organisation how you felt about the thing they were asking you? About the actual experiences you’ve had?

If the answer is no, you’re in good company.
research  designresearch  methodology 
23 days ago
The best way to get to know a place is to be bored there
"The best way to get to know a place is to be bored there, because the curious mind will begin to probe the surrounding space."
Václav Cílek
quote  teaching  urbanism  cities  from notes
23 days ago
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