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07

Dec

futurecitylab:

BOOK REVIEW (by DOMUS):
Urban Future ManifestosKimberli Meyer, Zvi Hecker; Peter Noever, Ai Weiwei (eds). Hatje Cantz, 2011 (168 pp., US $40).
“Predictions and propositions for the future are always hindered by the blind spots of the present. Nevertheless, the consciousness of everyday life holds vast potential intelligence. To focus, observe, analyze, postulate, and act critically upon the surrounding world is to wield significant agency.” –Kimberli Meyer 
http://www.domusweb.it/en/book-review/urban-future-manifestos/

futurecitylab:

BOOK REVIEW (by DOMUS):

Urban Future Manifestos
Kimberli Meyer, Zvi Hecker; Peter Noever, Ai Weiwei (eds). Hatje Cantz, 2011 (168 pp., US $40).

“Predictions and propositions for the future are always hindered by the blind spots of the present. Nevertheless, the consciousness of everyday life holds vast potential intelligence. To focus, observe, analyze, postulate, and act critically upon the surrounding world is to wield significant agency.” 
–Kimberli Meyer 

http://www.domusweb.it/en/book-review/urban-future-manifestos/

23

Nov

Watch Digital Nation on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

curiositycounts:

Douglas Rushkoff explores life on the virtual frontier for PBS Frontline – a sweeping look at the deeper groundswells of digital culture, from gaming addiction to the myth of multitasking and beyond

20

Nov

Food Pieces: Food Assistance

foodpieces:

http://www.good.is/post/transparency-the-growth-of-food-stamps/

While some economists are declaring the recession over, and although the stock market continues to rise, those on the bottom of the economic ladder are seeing fewer improvements to their day-to-day lives. The number of…

17

Nov

Flicking through Buildings - Design Bureau

mas-studio:

(Photo by Sue Barr)

Designing a dream city is easy; rebuilding a living one takes imagination.
Jane Jacobs (via rtoakland)
theatlantic:

Drones in the Force

Lighter and cheaper than a helicopter and equipped with high tech features, these vehicles are increasingly on the want list of law enforcement officials. Though none of these drones are yet in active duty, police and sheriff’s departments – more than 300 according to the Federal Aviation Administration – are adding them to their cache of public safety tools.
Using grant money from the Department of Homeland Security, officials in Montgomery County, Texas, recently purchased a $300,000 remotely piloted helicopter known as aShadowHawk. With built-in video and still cameras and infrared and nightvision sensors, the unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, is anticipated to greatly improve the sheriff’s department’s ability to fight crime and ensure public safety. “It’s so simple in its design and the objectives, you just wonder why anyone would choose not to have it,” Montgomery County Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel recently told KPRC.
Residents in the cities that have been testing these UAVs have voiced concerns about invasion of privacy and the worry that a robot could be flying over their heads at any moment, watching them. Montgomery County officials counter that UAV’s would only be used in specific instances. Read more.

theatlantic:

Drones in the Force

Lighter and cheaper than a helicopter and equipped with high tech features, these vehicles are increasingly on the want list of law enforcement officials. Though none of these drones are yet in active duty, police and sheriff’s departments – more than 300 according to the Federal Aviation Administration – are adding them to their cache of public safety tools.

Using grant money from the Department of Homeland Security, officials in Montgomery County, Texas, recently purchased a $300,000 remotely piloted helicopter known as aShadowHawk. With built-in video and still cameras and infrared and nightvision sensors, the unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, is anticipated to greatly improve the sheriff’s department’s ability to fight crime and ensure public safety. “It’s so simple in its design and the objectives, you just wonder why anyone would choose not to have it,” Montgomery County Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel recently told KPRC.

Residents in the cities that have been testing these UAVs have voiced concerns about invasion of privacy and the worry that a robot could be flying over their heads at any moment, watching them. Montgomery County officials counter that UAV’s would only be used in specific instances. Read more.

humanscalecities:

Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism

humanscalecities:

Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism

08

Nov

peas in the middle east: Using permaculture and compost to regenerate arid Jordanian land

meredithdf:

The Permaculture Research Institute began a project in 2008 to train locals to use compost, efficient shading from the sun, and ground cover that traps moisture in order to begin rebuilding an agricultural way of life in their impoverished village. So far, it’s working.

Video from AlJazeera

The Many Languages Of Twitter

mas-studio:

Love the work by Eric Fischer. This time he depicts the languages in use around the world on Twitter. Make sure to check his Flickr account. (via Fast Company)

Jordi Colomer

mas-studio:

Images from “Anarchitekton”, a video project by Jordi ColomerSeen at BOOOOOOOM via La Periferia Domestica