Autonomous Vehicles: Future Scenarios
This is very well done and well-illustrated.
design  future  automation 
2 days ago
Itty Bitty Sites
Entire websites contained in compressed code in the URL itself.
web  URL  code 
4 days ago
Ghost Cities: Built but Never Inhabited
And yet, China is building more. This is an urban design problem.
ghost  cities  china 
6 days ago
U.K. Plans 'Northern Forest' of 50 Million New Trees
And this is straight out of Richard Powers' 'The Overstory'.
nature  forest  uk 
6 days ago
What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America
Laboratory of the mundane and often close-minded.
urban  neighborhood 
19 days ago
Below the Surface
Comprehensive, gorgeous, and informative presentation of all the objects uncovered when an Amsterdam canal was drained. Goes back centuries.
archaeology  amsterdam  history 
19 days ago
Ancient Earth globe
Plot your current address anywhere on our tectonically-shifting world any time from 750 million years ago to now.
geology  history  earth  maps  address 
27 days ago
Flopstarter | A platform for bad ideas
Waiting for the #notallflopstarters hash.
funny  kickstarter 
8 weeks ago
Our data is valuable. Here's how we can take that value back
We must challenge the current narrative dominated by Silicon Valley’s leaky surveillance capitalism and dystopian models such as China’s social credit system. A New Deal on data, based on a rights-based, people-centric framework, which does not exploit personal data to pay for critical infrastructure, is long overdue.
data  rights  city  private  public 
8 weeks ago
Hacker Typer
For mindless computating.
humor  fun  programming 
8 weeks ago
Bitcoin’s energy use got studied, and you libertarian nerds look even worse than usual
This is the problem: blockchain-based systems are thermodynamically unsustainable.
blockchain  bitcoin  thermal  energy 
9 weeks ago
The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise
There's a lesson for the current state of our federal government.
colorado  springs  government  business  conservative 
9 weeks ago
Glitch app makes a new City of Emoji each time you click.
city  symbol  app 
9 weeks ago
​🎥 Orbital - Tiny Foldable Cities
The beauty of macroscopic urban form. Plus Orbital!
music  video  city  urban 
10 weeks ago
City as Character
“If the text is a city, how shall we walk through it?"
novel  city  author 
10 weeks ago
CurbSpace - Your Room Delivered
Well this is one way to do placemaking-on-demand.
mobile  space  place 
10 weeks ago
Dolls' heads used to lobby Swindon pothole repairs
The horror of urban infrastructure decrepitude.
pothole  repair  road 
10 weeks ago
Christian Picciolini: My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement -- and how I got out | TED Talk
Christian is my third cousin. I love him for how he has shaped his life trajectory. You might too.
neonazi  extremism  racism  picciolini 
10 weeks ago
With anti-development anger burning, Denver will consider new architecture regulations
Match this with a shocking dearth of affordable housing and you have a real problem.
denver  housing  architecture 
11 weeks ago
City DNA paintings
Using satellite maps of cities like Beijing, Athens, New York, and Los Angeles to create delightful labyrinths.
painting  maps  cities 
april 2018
Open Source for Everyone?
“There is a mutation, and if it’s a good one it sticks. And that’s something that doesn’t really exist so much in formal architecture.”
architecture  free  open  source 
april 2018
In Trump era, Cubs manager Joe Maddon welcomes immigrants in his hometown
I didn't think I could love Joe Maddon any more than I did, but here we are.
immigration  middle  america  cubs 
april 2018
The Story of a Voice: HAL in ‘2001’ Wasn’t Always So Eerily Calm
Inspired Anthony Hopkin's portrayal of Hannibal Lecter!
AI  voice  HAL  2001 
april 2018
The Music in Speech — Twenty Thousand Hertz
Great dive into the musicality of speech. Reminds me of the theory that language actually began sung, not spoken.
music  language  tonality 
april 2018
How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult
"Why should it require explicit scheduling to see a friend who lives "within striking distance"? Why shouldn't proximity do some of the work?"
history  housing  community  friendship 
april 2018
Palytoxin Cures Cancer?
All this really does is highlight the need for more basic taxonomic research into corals and their byproducts.
oncology  marine  biology  coral  toxin 
april 2018
Rich People Will Soon Be Able To Buy Fake Meteor Showers On Demand
This seems like the start of a bad sci-fi apocalypse movie.
fake  meteor  japan 
march 2018
What Airbnb Did to New York City's Housing Market
Using Airbnb to help pay your bills in a space-strapped city is a bit like using an air conditioner to combat global warming.
newyork  housing  sharing 
march 2018
Cameras as Traffic Cops
Machine learning algorithm determines that a bus stop was blocked 57% of the time and a bike lane was blocked 40% of the time.
march 2018
The world’s largest octopus species is best suited to urban living
"So maybe we’re justified in adding to our list of neighbors, next to the raccoon at the sliding glass patio door and the coyote in the halo of the street lamp, the octopus casting its appraising eye from under the sunken hull of a rowboat."
march 2018
Denver trails behind in the race for people-powered transportation
Head-scratching how health-conscious Denver is and yet still loves the automobile.
march 2018
It's a crash. Not an accident.
"Planes don’t have accidents. They crash. Cranes don’t have accidents. They collapse. And as a society, we expect answers and solutions."
language  vision  zero  cars  accident  crash 
march 2018
Rotating Moon from LRO
Unlock the tidal lock and watch the moon rotate. Dark side ain't so dark.
moon  rotation  dark  side 
march 2018
Skin Motion
Get a waveform tat and listen to your skin sing.
tattoo  waveform  sound  app 
march 2018
There Is No Such Thing as a Smart City
"So what future cities have in store, I surmise, is not a comprehensive, sleek, point-and-click new digital urban order, but many localized, haphazard mash-ups of digital tips, tricks, and hacks. These half-baked smart-aleck cities will require the arcane knowledge that any local townie knows—that he or she considers habit, a second nature. But the tourist and the émigré will be automatically skinned."
city  smart  dystopia 
march 2018
Tesla is hiring a valet to solve its office parking nightmare
Connected, electric, and almost autonomous does not an anti-motorist culture make.
tesla  car  culture 
march 2018
Emily Garfield Art
"... inspired by the visual language of maps and the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons."
art  map  urban  network  painting 
march 2018
The Grim Outlook for Suburban Retail
At least those parking oceans are easily re-purposeable.
business  delivery  disruption 
march 2018
Ruins of Roman military commander's home found in Rome
Super awesome, but not an excuse to stop building mass transit.
italy  subway  archaeology 
march 2018
You Can Watch 'Jaws' While Floating In Open Water This Summer
This is a fabulous idea. Next I want to watch Event Horizon floating in zero g.
movie  drive-in  float  jaws  sharks 
march 2018
Is urban theory changing big data?
"‘Analog’ and ‘small’ data has shown us for at least fifty years what, where, and how urban theory can contribute to more liveable, more just cities."
data  analytics  cities  urban  theory 
march 2018
This gadget lets you scratch and DJ on vinyl without a needle
"There’s also the quirky showiness of being able to hold a piece of vinyl with a Phase transmitter in the air, without it touching anything, and rotate it to create scratching noises."
music  turntables  scratch  timecode 
march 2018
Behold, the world’s most expensive Oxford comma
The earth is not flat and the penultimate item in a list of three or more items requires a comma.
oxford  comma  punctuation 
february 2018
America's Most Beautiful Train Stations
Here's a chaser to the previous bookmark of horrible stations.
train  rail  stations  depots  Architecture 
february 2018
These Are the Saddest Amtrak Stations in America
Having just been in Kansas City's majestic Union Station this is a splash of cold water to the face.
trains  rail  station  depot  architecture  amtrak 
february 2018
The American Mall Game: A 2018 Retail Challenge
"Inevitably, you’ll reach the game over screen with Jeff Bezos laughing as you surrender your market share. And you thought late capitalism was easy."
games  suburbia  malls  urban  design 
february 2018
Quincy Jones, In Conversation
"When you go after Cîroc vodka and Phat Farm and all that shit, God walks out of the room." This interview is bonkers.
music  celebrity 
february 2018
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