archive for the 'books' 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…

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 […]

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 […]

Belgium: l’économie de la débrouillardise?

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

wired has a short interview with Robert Neuwirth author of Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise of the Informal Economy which highlights some of the points made in the book (the main point being that combined the informal economy worldwide would be the second largest economy after the US). The interview hints at some fairly […]

Brussels – a Manifesto: Towards the Capital of Europe

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

‘Towards the west, the border is sharp because of natural conditions…’ [Brussels – a manifesto, p.27] i have mentioned before that Bruxelles is one of my favorite cities in the world and certainly in Europe. This is in spite of (or rather because) the city is a mess: European institutions reside in buildings that most […]