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Blog Archive for the ‘Cities’ Category

Echoes of Leningrad in St. Petersburg

by Charlotte Hajer on October 30th, 02012

Sixty-eight years ago, St. Petersburg was known as Leningrad, and counted as one of the Soviet Union’s largest cities. These days, those two names conjure up images of a distant past; an anachronistic, shady corner of European politics and culture.

Yet this series of images, posted a while back on Englishrussia, suggest that. . .   Read More

Lazar Kunstmann and Jon Lackman Seminar Primer

by Austin Brown on October 23rd, 02012

“Preservation Without Permission: the Paris Urban eXperiment”
Tuesday November 13, 02012 at the Cowell Theater, San Francisco

The Paris Urban eXperiment (known for short as UX) began in 1981 as a boast by a middle schooler and has since grown into a large secretive network of artists, craftspeople, and urban explorers. With over two millennia. . .   Read More

Benjamin Barber, “City-based Global Governance”

by Austin Brown on June 18th, 02012

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

If Mayors Ruled the World
Tuesday June 5, 02012 – San Francisco


Video is up on the Barber Seminar page for Members.
Audio is up on the Barber Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast. . .   Read More

Barber Seminar Primer

by Austin Brown on May 25th, 02012

“If Mayors Ruled the World”
Tuesday June 5, 02012 at the Cowell Theater, San Francisco

As the world congeals towards a single, globally interdependent economic and political system, being engaged as an individual can feel less and less meaningful. We’re told to “think globally, act locally,” but it can be very hard to imagine. . .   Read More

Esther Dyson on Charter Cities

by Charlotte Hajer on April 18th, 02012

In a recent article on Slate, Long Now Board member Esther Dyson takes up the concept of Charter Cities – Paul Romer’s model for the creation of prospering, sustainable zones of urban life, about which he spoke at a 02009 SALT lecture. Dyson suggests that Romer’s business-model approach to the construction and functioning. . .   Read More

Healthy Urbanization Requires Long-term Planning

by Alex Mensing on November 7th, 02011

Researchers at the McKinsey Global Institute have been studying the process of urbanization – what works and what doesn’t – and argue in this article that the detrimental effects of rapid city growth are not directly the result of insufficient resources. Rather, they stem from management that is neither comprehensive enough nor farsighted enough.

Does this. . .   Read More

Urban Evolution

by Alex Mensing on August 12th, 02011

Cities are often hotbeds of creativity and innovation, where the pace of life is faster and the diversity of people is greater. But humans aren’t the only things living in our cities – recent research by evolutionary biologists indicates that the processes of evolution and ecological change can also speed up in urban environments. In. . .   Read More

Geoffrey B. West, “Why Cities Keep on Growing, Corporations Always Die, and Life Gets Faster”

by Austin Brown on July 26th, 02011

Superlinear Cities
A Summary by Stewart Brand

“It’s hard to kill a city,” West began, “but easy to kill a company.” The mean life of companies is 10 years. Cities routinely survive even nuclear bombs. And “cities are the crucible of civilization.” They are the major source of innovation and wealth creation. Currently they. . .   Read More

Manhattan in motion

by Austin Brown on June 3rd, 02011

Here’s a beautiful time-lapse of a pulsing, breathing, flowing superorganism:

Mindrelic – Manhattan in motion from Mindrelic on Vimeo.

(via stellar. . .   Read More

Augment Your Next Stroll Down Market Street

by Austin Brown on May 23rd, 02011

Maarten Lens-FitzGerald got in touch recently to let us know that someone had created a layer within the Layar augmented reality platform that geo-tags a film shown by Rick Prelinger at his annual Lost Landscapes of San Francisco event.

The film was created shortly before San Francisco’s devastating earthquake by placing an. . .   Read More