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Why One Silicon Valley City Said “No” to Google – Next City
City bureaucrats often characterize themselves as victims of large tech corporations that threaten to “overrun” their towns. But the reality is far more complex. The relationship between a giant, global corporation and a tiny municipality is a strange one, unbalanced and yet in many ways symbiotic. Tech companies are not colonizing cities against their will. Cities need tech money; and tech needs city support — especially as more companies buy more property all over Silicon Valley, planning for greater growth. The result is a redefining of local public-private partnership.
silicon-valley  urbanism  google  architecture  public-space  public-private 
september 2017 by jomc
The Tyranny of the Filter Bubble and the Future of Public Space — Failed Architecture
Public spaces in cities risk a similar destiny. Cities are becoming archipelagos of fragmented and isolated islands, separating different groups of people. The more wealthy parts are increasingly designed to death for reasons of security, efficiency and retail, while
public-space  urbanism  diversity  workingon 
june 2016 by jomc
Interview with Jan Gehl | asla.org
If I was to tell you about a big sad story I just had with one of my grandchildren, I would lean over and it would be very personal. If it's sort of more common, we have the public, the social distance where we yak, yak, yak, and do interviews on landscape architecture. Then we have the public distance which is the distance between the priest and his congregation, teacher, pupil, whatever. We have a number of distances which are part of our instincts and upbringing.
urbanism  public-space 
may 2016 by jomc
Bird-Watching, Patriotism and the Oregon Standoff - The New York Times
I value my time on these refuges deeply, but I am also well aware that anything I see there — everything I see there — can also be seen by anyone who follows me. When I use that land, I do not use it up.

And that, I think, is where Mr. Bundy and his followers miss the point: When land is held by the federal government they so despise, that land belongs to us all
environment  wildlife  oregon  public-space 
january 2016 by jomc

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