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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
"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
"This market-driven 'sustainable' vision of economic activity, ecological-conscious diets and 'hipness' within modern capitalism reinforce inequality and still hurt the environment."
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
Wow. This reads like the start of a dystopian dark comedy novel. Such a sad, and likely portentous, fate for such a beautiful place.
With Rikers’ positioned for closure, Manhattan debates the 45-story prison tower proposed to replace the Tombs. The prison system’s corruption aside, it’s interesting to consider the visibility this move would bring to the city’s practice of incarceration.
Real Life is on a roll these days. A great article about the WeWorkisation of cities.
Hudson yards was funded, in part, by bill eb5, a provision that offers foreign investors green cards in exchange for low interest loans. Once a strict (and still limited) law that allowed loans as low as 500,000 in exchange for job creation in “distressed” urban zones, these exceptions have been ...Read More
"The prospect of creating new acreage within shouting distance of Wall Street could quickly turn an environmental tool into a real estate boondoggle, raising the specter of an offshore Hudson Yards. Patchett insists that the city would rather create a park than a neighborhood, but that depends on whether the ...Read More
There is something interesting in this media coverage/controversy about the development of The Hudson Yards, in NYC. Its a good article with interesting parallels! But a bit of a miss in my opinion because there were never any mom'n-pop shops, or actually anything of the sort in The Hudson Yards, ...Read More