OMG I had to stop after the paragraph containing:
"But actually, this seeming independence has for its underside a radical dependency. "
because it so perfectly encapsulates by very close analogy also the problem with a "UX-centric" consumer culture approach to computing.
@livingcities a quote that really got me: "Since cars have killed the city, we need faster cars to escape on superhighways to suburbs that are even farther away. What an impeccable circular argument: give us more cars so that we can escape the destruction caused by cars."
"The social ideology of the motorcar" -
This 1973 essay on how cars have taken over our cities remains as relevant as ever
Slums are inherently unmapped places. ... Because they’re essentially off the grid, it’s pretty easy for governments or private developers to ignore them — or destroy them when their existence becomes inconvenient. And residents rarely have the political or legal muscle to defend themselves.
A mountain of bicycles is sitting in a Dallas recycling yard after the bike sharing business Ofo pulled up stakes in the city.
Pictures of the bicycles at CMC Recycling have been buzzing. Out of the thousands of bikes the company pulled off Dallas streets, hundreds ended up at the recycling center in south Dallas.
This video made me realize that city governments and urban planners - not just home owners and real estate agents - have major incentive to maximize property values (so they can maximize tax revenues).
#Capitalism is such a horrible way to drive society.
A member of the local group named MátészalkaLeaks decided to demonstrate just how awfully slow the Hungarian State Railway (MÁV) is.
Naturally, the man put on a snail costume and began running next to the train, winning the competition easily. The group aimed to draw attention to the excruciatingly slow speed of the trains, as it takes them 1 hour and 49 minutes to cover a 78km distance.
‘Major for a Day’ – Is Gamified Urban Management the Way Forward?
Short History of Car Free Days (Weeks, Months, Cities): Origins, Timeline, Progress
Through his research, innovation, and writing, Ratti evangelizes the concept of a “real-time city,” where physical and social networks are in constant interplay, knitted together by a layer of digital sensors. In Ratti’s future metropolis, streets, buildings, and objects sense and respond to the movements of the smartphone-equipped masses using powerful algorithms.
From the decaying plazas of City 17 to the wide expanses of Hyrule, the virtual spaces we inhabit in games come to feel as familiar as our own neighbourhoods. A new book sets out to map, explore and unearth the history and design details of urban spaces in video games, including Fallout’s New Vegas, Yakuza’s Kamurocho and the fog-shrouded streets of Silent Hill.
Thanks to the special needs vehicles and the superb cycling infrastructure network in the Netherlands they use the tricycles for transport, fitness, therapy and recreation just like anyone else.
Just months after Uber acquired the dockless electric bikeshare startup Jump, Lyft’s acquisition of Motivate is another big move by a ride-hailing company toward the goal of “mobility as a service.”
While Waymo reported that its vehicles could go an average of 5,600 miles (9,000 km) per disengagement in California at the end of 2017, and GM’s Cruise autonomous-vehicle division reported 1,250 miles (2,000 km), Uber’s test vehicles in Arizona were stuggling to go a mere 13 miles (21 km) before a driver had to intervene at the end of March 2018.
What Is Loitering, Really?
America’s laws against lingering have roots in Medieval and Elizabethan England. Since 1342, the goal has always been to keep anyone “out of place” away.
The initially well-planned neighborhood has gradually degenerated to almost slum status. This deterioration was partially exacerbated by a cycle of unrealistic planning expectations, municipal mismanagement and subsequent apathy among the residents of Dandora because of this breakdown. Today, Dandora is infamous for containing the biggest dumpsite in East Africa and has one of the highest crime rates in Kenya.
“Because people have these 24-hour patterns of living nowadays and because by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities where circadian disruption is much more likely, it is quite a big public health issue. How do we take account of our natural patterns of rest and activity and how do we design cities or jobs to protect people’s mental health?”
"Rugosity and concentricity: In urban planning, look to edges, not just the core"
Brinkley maintains that building cities that interweave farms and greenways could accommodate more population growth, with high density housing and office space on public transit routes. This would put higher density development near the desirable urban edge where housing can offer a premium.
Tactical Urbanism, Urban Planning, Life in the City, Right to the City, Hacking the City
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