Posts Tagged ‘TED’

Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations. How come it’s so hard to kill a city?

There is an interesting discussion of West’s idea in the NYT. I find them interesting, but unclear on the implications for the increasing appetite for new resources.

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Where apathy comes from

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Brilliant talk showing that apathy is not an individual failing but rather is constructed by cultural and civic barriers that aim to stifle your participation. Dave Meslin is funny and he’s right. You may enjoy his comparison between the way city halls bury development notices in publications and the way Nike sells shoes – if city hall really wanted your input, it would communicate differently with you.

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Paola Antonelli treats design as art

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

I can forgive Paola Antonelli for liking Karim Rashid because I love her. She’s the design curator at the MoMA in NYC and she has this amazing knack for animating our built and designed environment in an entertaining and charming way while also lightly inserting some very serious remarks about its history and politics.

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