Category Archives: technology

It’s Where We Live

Home, by Yann-Arthus Bertrand. A stunning photographic exploration of our own backyard, a surprising amount of which I felt like I was seeing for the first time. The whole movie is here… Advertisements

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Can Cities Feed Themselves?

Urban agriculture fascinates me, so I thought I’d share links to a few articles in case anyone else is also fascinated… {image is from third article) From Warehouses to Urban Farms The history of urban agriculture should inspire its future … Continue reading

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Masdar begs the question: What exactly is meant by “a sustainable city?”

{from The New York Times; words by Nicolai Ouroussoff; photo by Duncan Chard} Back in 2007, when the government here announced its plan for “the world’s first zero-carbon city” on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, many Westerners dismissed it as … Continue reading

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Is Generation Y Passing on Cars?

Interesting post from Yahoo! on the changing perception of car ownership in the United States. Does Gen Y represent the leading edge of a transition from private car ownership to transit and bikes? Do they also represent a generational shift in … Continue reading

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Does New Orleans Have an Identity Crisis?

And if so, how many other cities do as well? I spent five weeks in New Orleans in May/June of this year…it is a truly fascinating city, a completely unique place, yet for the most part it denies the fact that it is a delta city. With large tracts of the city below sea level, it would seem reasonable to expect water to be an omnipresent characteristic. But the built environment of New Orleans denies water, walls it off, instead of embracing it.

There’s a line from Jurassic Park that I’ve quoted a bazillion times: “[The scientists] were so concerned with whether they could, they never stopped to consider whether they should.” Wherever technology allows one to ignore nature, this seems to be too often what happens. Modern New Orleans was built wrongly (where it is built wrongly) because it could be. Continue reading

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