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Patent Producers Clustered in Only a Few Cities - NYTimes.com
"Patents, for all their flaws, are a widely used proxy for innovation. And a new study from the Brookings Institution shows just how clustered patent-related innovation is in America."
patent  cities  innovation  creativity  urbanism  geography 
april 2013 by tsuomela
A History of Future Cities | W. W. Norton
"A pioneering exploration of four cities where East meets West and past becomes future: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai.

On May 27, 1703, Tsar Peter the Great founded a new capital on a barren Baltic marsh. Modeled on Amsterdam, he believed it would erase Russian backwardness and usher in a modernized, Westernized future. In the nineteenth-century Age of Imperialism, the British rebuilt Bombay as a tropical London, while three Western powers made Shanghai look just like home. And in our own time, the sheikh of Dubai has endeavored to transform his desert city into a Vegas-esque skyscraper-studded global hub. The cultural and historical threads that connect these cities and their conflicted embrace of modernity are brought into relief in Daniel Brook’s captivating mix of history and reportage—a story of architects and authoritarians, artists and revolutionaries who take these facsimiles of the West and turn them into crucibles of non-Western modernity. A History of Future Cities is both a crucial reminder of globalization’s long march and an inspiring look into the possibilities of our Asian Century."
book  publisher  cities  urban  international  history  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
Livehoods
"Livehoods offer a new way to conceptualize the dynamics, structure, and character of a city by analyzing the social media its residents generate. By looking at people's checkin patterns at places across the city, we create a mapping of the different dynamic areas that comprise it. Each Livehood tells a different story of the people and places that shape it. "
urban  urbanism  cities  big-data  social-media  data-mining  lifestyle  mapping  from delicious
may 2012 by tsuomela
Book Review: David Harvey’s Rebel Cities « Ph.D. Octopus
"David Harvey’s new book, Rebel Cities, is the latest entry in his life-long interest in uncovering the intersection between capitalism and urbanization. It’s a collection of previously published, but updated and revised, essays and articles. They are all particularly important to our understanding of both the long fall out of 2008’s economic crash and the rise of urban revolts in Egypt, Greece, New York and elsewhere. "
book  review  urban  urbanism  cities  marxism  capitalism  economics  growth  accumulation  creative-class  from delicious
april 2012 by tsuomela
PLoS ONE: Urban Scaling and Its Deviations: Revealing the Structure of Wealth, Innovation and Crime across Cities
" Typically, linear per capita indicators are used to characterize and rank cities. However, these implicitly ignore the fundamental role of nonlinear agglomeration integral to the life history of cities. As such, per capita indicators conflate general nonlinear effects, common to all cities, with local dynamics, specific to each city, failing to provide direct measures of the impact of local events and policy. Agglomeration nonlinearities are explicitly manifested by the superlinear power law scaling of most urban socioeconomic indicators with population size, all with similar exponents (1.15). As a result larger cities are disproportionally the centers of innovation, wealth and crime, all to approximately the same degree. We use these general urban laws to develop new urban metrics that disentangle dynamics at different scales and provide true measures of local urban performance. "
cities  urban  economics  statistics  powerlaw  growth  model  mathematics  econometrics  research  complexity 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Outstanding, Superlinear Cities - Science News
"In an article this month in PLoS ONE, Bettencourt and his team created a way to measure how exceptional cities are by comparing their characteristics with what mathematics would predict for their size. The team then ranked the exceptionality of 300 U.S. cities based on personal incomes, gross metropolitan product (GMP), number of patents and number of violent crimes. "
cities  urban  economics  statistics  econometrics  mathematics  model  growth  powerlaw 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Economic View - Why Free Parking Comes at a Price - NYTimes.com
Yet 99 percent of all automobile trips in the United States end in a free parking space, rather than a parking space with a market price. In his book, Professor Shoup estimated that the value of the free-parking subsidy to cars was at least $127 billion in 2002, and possibly much more.
traffic  automobile  economics  pricing  price  parking  transit  cities  urban  design  law  regulation  transportation  bias 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Nimble Cities: Can eliminating parking spots make cities more efficient? - By Tom Vanderbilt - Slate Magazine
Unless you are involved in transportation, local government, or real estate, the words "minimum parking requirements" may be unfamiliar to you. And yet their influence is all around you. Parking minimums are municipal provisions that require developers building a new project—whether commercial or residential—to also construct a minimum number of new parking spaces, often without regard to the presence of nearby transit options or even actual need.
cities  urban  urbanism  traffic  design  parking  architecture  suburbia  law  code  regulation 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Bruce Sterling Interview: Cities - Boing Boing
But I'd also like to point out that large financial centers in certain cities around the planet are certainly going to kill millions of us by destroying our social safety networks in the name of their imaginary financial efficiency. You're a thousand times more likely to die because of what some urban banker did in 2008 than from what some Afghan-based terrorist did in 2001. *Financiers live in small, panicky urban cloisters, severely detached from the rest of mankind. They are living today in rich-guy ghetto cults. They are truly dangerous to our well-being, and they are getting worse and more extremist, not better and more reasonable. You're not gonna realize this havoc till you see your elderly Mom coughing in an emergency ward, but she's going there for a reason.
interview  future  finance  economics  income-distribution  cities  urbanism  urban  sustainability 
june 2010 by tsuomela
MetroMonitor Home Page - Metropolitan Policy Program - Brookings Institution
The MetroMonitor is a quarterly, interactive barometer of the health of America’s 100 largest metropolitan economies. It examines trends in metropolitan-level employment, output, and housing conditions to look “beneath the hood” of national economic statistics to portray the diverse metropolitan trajectories of recession and recovery across the country. The aim of the MetroMonitor is to enhance understanding of the particular places and industries that drive national economic trends, and to promote public- and private-sector responses to the downturn that take into account metro areas’ unique starting points for eventual recovery.
economics  statistics  research  data  maps  cities  urbanism  regions  regional 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Common Current ~~~ Helping the Green Economy Flow
We apply sustainability systems thinking backed by a collaborative data-driven approach to help develop projects, policies, processes and funding. From research to scalable urban development, we bring together the experts, knowledge and tools to help stakeholders succeed based on the competitive dynamics of new economic realities.
consulting  sustainability  environment  design  advocacy  climate  cities 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Worldchanging: Bright Green: Smarter Planet, the Swap and the Surrealism of Now
So we live suspended in a surreal now, where the vast majority of media coverage is focused on the (irrelevant) Swap, our political systems are rusted into position (trying to keep cars, coal and cul-de-sacs going as long as possible) and yet the exploration of bright green cities has never been more exciting or the people exploring them more energized.
environment  activism  suburbia  change  habit  green  energy  lifestyle  cities  culture  politics 
march 2010 by tsuomela
NPQ - Pandemics and the Planet of Slums
by Mike Davis. "Using conservative definitions by the United Nations Habitat office, there are today 1 billion people living in slums globally. A slum is defined by substandard housing with insecurity of tenure and the absence of one or more urban services and infrastructure—sewage treatment, plumbing, clean water, electricity, paved roads and so on."
poverty  urban  environment  globalization  development  cities  pandemic  health  international  slums 
august 2009 by tsuomela
More on Frank Gehry, public spaces, etc - James Fallows
I used to think that a topic like -- oh, let's see, US-China friction -- was controversial, or climate change, or Google-v-Microsoft, or McNamara-v-Rumsfeld. That was before I innocently stepped into the crossfire concerning the effect of "star-chitects" like Frank Gehry on the urban landscape.
art  architecture  urban  cities  design 
july 2009 by tsuomela

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