urban planning

Homemade pandemic mask patterns for the Covid-19 outbreak, & useful links

March 31, 2020

Homemade pandemic mask patterns for the Covid-19 outbreak, & useful links

There has been too much confusion around whether we should be wearing masks while in public during the pandemic. I’m in the “Yes” camp, and I’ve noticed that all the doctors I’ve talked to are in the Yes camp too, no matter what politicians and public officials have been saying.

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Vote-splitting, privilege, BC Green party, “voting conscience” and first-past-the-post elections

April 27, 2017

Vote-splitting, privilege, BC Green party, “voting conscience” and first-past-the-post elections


Dear British Columbians, especially youth voters:

I’m an environmentalist, and I have been feeling the need to state that if you vote BC Green in the BC election on May 9, it is very likely you will help re-elect the far-right BC Liberals (unless you are on Southern Vancouver Island).

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Bjarke Ingels’ Vancouver pirate ship

November 1, 2016

Bjarke Ingels’ Vancouver pirate ship

Oh really

I can’t remember if I’ve already talked about this Dubai-style luxury twisted tower that Vancouver is getting; apologies if I have. The tower, designed by architect Bjarke Ingels, is now rising in Vancouver but the reason I’m writing about it now is that I just read a critique in Artforum of this year’s Venice Biennale for Architecture which contained a chilling portrait of Ingels.

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“Simpsons” actor Harry Shearer speaking against AirBnB & other short term rentals

September 6, 2016

“Simpsons” actor Harry Shearer speaking against AirBnB & other short term rentals

A brilliant speech to a New Orleans City Council hearing on AirBnB and short term rentals in general. As Best of New Orleans reported:

Comedian and actor Harry Shearer was among the opponents speaking against short-term rentals, calling its proponents and rental owners speaking in the first half of the meeting “a parade of happy scofflaws.”

“What other business can I start in the privacy of my home?” he joked.

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Harvey Molotch’s “The City as Growth Machine”

November 12, 2015

Harvey Molotch’s “The City as Growth Machine”


Sociologist Harvey Molotch
“A city and, more generally, any locality, is conceived as the areal expression of the interests of some land-based elite.”

Harvey Molotch‘s seminal 1976 article “The City as Growth Machine”—which is equally applicable today—just happened to be published the same year of the UN Habitat Conference on Settlements that took place in Vancouver (and is the subject of my upcoming book).

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