archive for the 'urban' Category

Terrorism and Urban Planning

Monday, January 16th, 2017

From the novel i am currently reading: Back in his hotel room he remembered that Mohammed Atta , the famous World Trade Center hijacker, had been a student of urban planning in hamburg in Germany. Was there a connection between the two things – terror and planning? It was possible. Atta in his religious way, […]

Best library ad ever…

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

My friend Melanie send me this screenshot from her Facebook feed. An advert for the Public Library system of Villeurbanne in the style of a promotion flyer for an african healer. Not surprisingly i find this utterly brilliant…

The intriguingly strange motor cycle product names of Pakistan

Monday, July 25th, 2016

one of the most intriguing things that i noticed during my short visit to Lahore, Pakistan last week were the product names for the local motor cycles. In Lahore the Honda 70 (and its various knock-offs from local brands) is a near ubiquitous motor cycle that seems to be the primary means of transport for […]

summer reading tip: water, knifes, pistachio nuts and the tragedy of the commons

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Here is a suggestion for a bit of summer reading: The first thing that you need to read (in order to polish up your knowledge of the water rights issues connected to the Colorado river, a.k.a the law of the river) is this New Yorker article from back in may: Where the River Runs Dry […]

Berlin before the internet (part 2)

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

from a Guardian piece about digital exiles in Berlin: Another reference to post fall-of-the-wall berlin as that strange place where the internet did not exist yet: But then, it is the blink of an eye. It’s 25 years since the wall came down. And, in a strange historical collision, 25 years since the world wide […]

Berlin wonderland

Friday, October 10th, 2014

from tumblr: slavin: I remember getting there in 1992 and feeling like I had already missed the main event. Inside my head, the whole period has the quality of dreams, not memories; it was so long ago and the images in my head feel simply too implausible to have been real. i also remember some […]

The Homeless house cleaners of the sharing economy

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

If this NY mag article is to be believed you can hire house cleaners who are themselves homeless via www.homejoy.com a San Francisco based startup that has received $40 million in funding. Guess this says a lot about how out of whack the bay area real estate market is, but that is not what the […]

Capital or the erosion of the social farbric of the city

Friday, September 5th, 2014

This is the second book i have read this year that has the words ‘capital’ and ’21st century’ in its title. While this smells a lot like free-riding on the popularity of the other book, it is not [1]. Capital by Rana Dasgupta chronicles the last one-and-a-half decades of the Indian capital Delhi. It is […]

The original (fixie) hipster was a cop

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

from the amazing collection of public domain images extracted from the scanned books of the Internet Archive: Image from page 224 of “The Great north side, or, Borough of the Bronx, New York” (1897)

Imaginary suburban futures

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Friday morning when we left the cab that had brought us and our newborn from the hospital the mail carriers on their bicycles where swarming out around us (we live 3 houses down from a postnl distribution location where the mail for the neighborhood is transferred from delivery vans to bikes). Having spend some of […]