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Good article on the hollow promises of the corporate smart city by Kevin Rogan. "The smart city isn’t a technological utopia, or an environmental lifeboat. It’s a few PowerPoint slides in a conference room demonstrating that there’s money to be made. And it’s coming to you soon."
The company’s “innovative” plan for Toronto’s waterfront puts radical spatial practice, participatory ideals, and romanticism to work for a regressive marketization scheme.
"Hong Kong’s young protesters are eschewing the fixed, immobile occupation strategies of the past, in favour of a highly mobile, agile style of protest. A rally may turn into a march; a march may begin in one direction and abruptly change to another direction; the focus of a particular protest ...Read More
“Where protest movements and civil disobedience were once primarily the tools of the marginalized, they have now become a weapon of privilege — a way for older, wealthier, mostly white homeowners to drown out and intimidate anyone who challenges their hegemony.”
"The algorithmic logic of the internet has begun to extend to the suburbs and rural areas the kinds of organizing capabilities that used to only be possible through the city’s density. What this means depends on the makeup of those suburbs, and the decisions of those who own the networks."
Designers are cutting their marks on what will seem like an insane sentient garment, one which lives on and in the surfaces of our future ruins. This clothing combines different kinds of artificial intelligence, embedded industrial sensors, very noisy data, tens of millions of metal and cement machines in motion A furtive orchestra of automation is amalgamated from this uneven landscape and capable of unexpected creativity and cruelty. ...Read More
“Such lifestyles may appear marginally efficient, but they are, by and large, a convenient by-product of shifting social and ecological costs to those less privileged both locally and globally.” #altwoke #climate #environment #vegan
On New York’s crumbling public transit system and what might be done to fix it. “A more empowered MTA would mean fewer costs like that, but it would also have to mean a reduction in the fetishization of community input. As a public that has chosen Jane Jacobs over Robert Moses, we would have to get more comfortable with the idea that sometimes things won’t ...Read More
"degrowth offers a world in which the noise of commoditization quiets down, where self-worth isn't rooted in monetary value, and where you don't have to work to utter exhaustion to access basic necessities."
Wow. This reads like the start of a dystopian dark comedy novel. Such a sad, and likely portentous, fate for such a beautiful place.
I clearly remember the shock that was the sight of the Brooklyn House and its surroundings. 45 story is turning this pure NY typology into a monument
Real Life is on a roll these days. A great article about the WeWorkisation of cities.
Every affordable housing project is a rich developer's tax break, but it's hard to argue against senior living facilities — especially here.