Urban metaphors are powerful in the world of computing. The reverse is also true. Computing brings metaphors to bear on how we think of cities — as flows of data, networks, circuits, grids and an Internet of things, as if cities are made up of bits, memories (RAM), sensors, actuators, and with communication systems, inputs, outputs and operating systems. 971 more words
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Issues continue to crop up with urbanism chats and who does the talk, even among the well-recognized planning institutions in Canada. A few years back at a Canadian Institute of Planners Conference the former United Nations Special Envoy Stephen Lewis took one look at the panel he was to sit on and declared that he made it a point never to speak on a stage that was all men, and did not recognize the diversity of place or the fact that women make up half the population and need to be talking about issues too. 559 more words
The EUrbanities project has published the first of its four main outcomes: The booklet Our Neighbourhoods’ Heroes – Stories on Citizen Participation in Local Development in European Cities… 213 more words
This is Part II of an ill-advised series of “field notes” from my experience as an unintentional gentrifier in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio. Consider it the purging of my current thoughts on/observations about gentrification, urban economics, class, race, and $3.50 tacos. 1,390 more words
The rain in Ireland reminded me of those melodramatic weeping sessions that afflicted me in my teenage years. Ten-minute torrents followed by gulps of air, temporary relief, a fleeting burst of optimism, and an hour of calm before…a reminder of impending doom and/or heartache, and I would find myself tied up in another weeping spell. 1,002 more words
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Here are three good pieces on the current state of the world today. I hope they inspire you to look around and be the change we need.