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Blog Archive for the ‘Cities’ Category

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

Ian Morris, “Why the West Rules – For Now”

by Stewart Brand on April 15th, 02011

Geographical determinism
A Summary by Stewart Brand

Historians and others who try to explain the world dominance by the West since the 18th century usually put it down to long-term lock-in or short-term accidents, said Morris. The lock-in theories are belied by the dominance of the East from 550 to 1750. . .   Read More

Rick Prelinger, “Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 5”

by Stewart Brand on December 20th, 02010

Lives of San Francisco
A Summary by Stewart Brand

“You are the soundtrack,” Prelinger told the capacity audience at the Herbst Theater, and they responded to his mostly silent archival films by calling out locations, questions, comments, and jokes.

They saw footage of a 1941 Market Street parade of allies—floats representing Malta, Russia, France. . .   Read More

Lost Landscapes of Google Maps

by Austin Brown on April 8th, 02010

As reported on Laughing Squid SepiaTown is “A Collaborative Urban Time Machine”
SepiaTown lets you use your computer or mobile device to see what the very spot you’re standing on looked like decades or centuries ago.
A Google Maps mash-up, SepiaTown allows users to upload and geotag vintage photos of urban landscapes and. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand’s “Rethinking Green”

by Robin Ward on October 10th, 02009

Globalizing Green

Brand built his case for rethinking environmental goals and methods on two major changes going on in the world. The one that most people still don’t take into consideration is that power is shifting to the developing world, where 5 out of 6 people live, where the bulk of humanity is getting. . .   Read More

Ancient Cities in 3-D

by Austin Brown on July 22nd, 02009

For last month’s feature in National Geographic about the ancient Cambodian metropolis of Angkor, a team of Monash University faculty created a detailed digital animation of the city and its surroundings.Continuing a long running collaboration with the University of Sydney’s Greater Angkor Project, these animations attempt to visualise, and animate, the landscapes. . .   Read More

The Choice of Cities

by Kevin Kelly on July 6th, 02009

[from The Technium]
Cities are technological artifacts, the largest technology we make. Their impact is out of proportion to the number of humans living in them. As the chart above shows, the percentage of humans living in cities averaged about one or two percent for most of recorded history. (The chart’s Y axis. . .   Read More

Lecture with The Harrisons

by Danielle Engelman on June 8th, 02009

Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison

Presented with the Long Now Foundation

Wednesday June 10, 02009
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Tickets are $15, purchase HERE
Long Now Members tickets are $10

Long Now is co-sponsoring this lecture with the David Brower Center in Berkeley, a new space committed to creating a just and ecologically. . .   Read More

Paul Romer, “A Theory of History, with an Application”

by Stewart Brand on May 20th, 02009

New Cities with New Rules

This talk was the first in a series of public discussions of an idea that Romer has been working on for two years.

His economic theory of history explains phenomena such as the constant improvement of the human standard of living by looking primarily at just two forms of innovative. . .   Read More