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Dimensions.Guide | Database of Sizes
Dimensions.Guide is a comprehensive reference database of dimensioned drawings documenting the standard measurements and sizes of the everyday objects and spaces that make up our world. Created as a universal resource to better communicate the basic properties, systems, and logics of our built environment, Dimensions.Guide is a free platform for increasing public and professional knowledge of life and design. Updated daily.
design  architecture  reference  measurement  via:andy-baio 
9 weeks ago by jbrennan
A conversation about how public transport really works | FT Alphaville
WALKER: People who are in fortunate situations, who are much wealthier than average need to be very, very careful about using their personal tastes as an indication of what would be good city planning. The problem with that assumption is not that there’s anything wrong with being elite; the problem with that assumption is that if you’re an elite, that means you’re a minority and cities have to be designed so that they work for everyone. The unique feature of a city is that it doesn’t work for anyone unless it works for everyone. Everyone has to be able to get where they’re going and everyone else’s transportation choices affect your experience; that’s what congestion is.

So, there’s a basic occupational hazard of being a relatively fortunate or successful person, which is that you have to remember that your personal tastes are not a good guide to what’s going to work for the city.

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WALKER: Look, I’m in my 50s. I’ve been in this business for 25 years, so, inevitably, there’s this almost universal experience of intergenerational relationships where it’s normal for the older person to look at the younger person to have to accept that, okay, you got to let kids make their own mistakes. I can’t give them advice. This is how I ultimately feel about Uber. As often happens, a lot of very smart young people decided that old people can’t possibly know anything and that they’ve invented everything themselves. It reminds me of the old Dorothy Parker line that every new generation thinks it invented sex. So you just accept that that comes with the territory when you’re talking about an industry that is so intensely driven by very young people. Uber is engaged in an incredibly expensive exercise in discovering the basic facts about the geometry of transport and it is inevitably steering them back to the reality that fixed routes are more efficient than anything that you can do that’s responding to individual requests, that it is the very nature of the efficiency of public transport that you do not deviate in response to what individuals request.
architecture  cities  transportation 
january 2018 by jbrennan
Write code that is easy to delete, not easy to... — programming is terrible
“Becoming a professional software developer is accumulating a back-catalogue of regrets and mistakes. You learn nothing from success. It is not that you know what good code looks like, but the scars of bad code are fresh in your mind.

Projects either fail or become legacy code eventually anyway. Failure happens more than success. It’s quicker to write ten big balls of mud and see where it gets you than try to polish a single turd.”
architecture  programming  code 
february 2016 by jbrennan

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