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Notions, experiences and ideas on the built environment and how technology can take part in how we design for tomorrow.

Articles, Observations, and Ideas

This is the subtitle Decentralizing the Authority on Civic Ratings The tradition of going though official or authoritative channels for information about public services and city assets is becoming decentralized. Keep reading... →
Article The Interface of the City The role of the architect or planner is no longer the mastermind of a project’s form but the curator of the process that yields the form. Keep reading... →
This is the subtitle Idea - Civic Services and Mobile-Only Delivery The Coronavirus pandemic has been pushing public agencies to deliver services through online services but this shift from paper forms and in-person interactions isn't new. Keep reading... →
This is the subtitle Idea - Coronavirus as the City's Impetus for Change Cities are taking a number of radical steps towards more equitable and sustainable future through technological, planning, and urban design initiatives due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Keep reading... →
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Article The Smartphone as urban mediator and ‘sixth-sense’ A new platform for recognizing and acting upon the signals of the city. Article presented at the 14th Meeting of the AESOP Thematic Group on Planning and Complexity, Bamberg, Germany Keep reading... →
Idea A food hub for Las Vegas An introduction into a project studying the food landscape of Las Vegas and the potential to serve the community through a food hub. Keep reading... →
Quote Platforms and Ownership of Infrastructures “Far from being mere owners of information, these companies are becoming owners of the infrastructures of society.” Keep reading... →
Observation Indoor and Local Growing Who is growing at the local scale in Las Vegas, what does it look like, and how does the question of the indoors change the question? Keep reading... →
Observation Challenges of the Centralized Smart Cities Approach Smart cities as a topic of discourse and introduction into the urban landscape is evolving as fast as it has come into the world. One theme of late is the difficulty to make them work, especially when approached from the ground, up. Keep reading... →
Primer What is a Smart City? "Smart cities are places where information technology is wielded to address problems" - Anthony Townsend Keep reading... →