Chicago’s Design 50
Despite the portrait of me in the piece (possibly the most unintentionally sad snap ever), I am very honored to be included in this list of designers in Chicago. Happier still that the definition of designer seems to be expanding.
Here’s the full article.
Views From The Tank
- Why monsters haunt Christmas in Europe but not America
- 60 Years of Urban Change: Midwest
The cancer that is urban highways, intuitive and immediate.
- How Defense Has Shaped Our Cities
"Vienna was essentially the hole in a fortified doughnut."
- The smartest cities rely on citizen cunning and unglamorous technology
"The true enablers of participation turn out to be nothing more exciting than cheap commodity devices, reliable access to sufficiently high- bandwidth connectivity, and generic cloud services. These implications should be carefully mulled over by developers, those responsible for crafting municipal and national policy, and funding bodies in the philanthropic sector."
- How Italy Put Cities in Charge
From the country that perfected the city-state. Let's hope the bureaucrats don't blow this.
- Should we be concerned about Placemeter – an app which monitors street views from apartment windows?
Not exactly what Jane Jacobs had in mind.
- Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran
Khamenei declares that, “the architecture and city scape of Tehran has nothing to do with the appearance of an Islamic city." Um OK.
- Your telltale video camera shake can identify you
That is some next-level forensics there, folks.
- Giant sea trees would offer refuge to wildlife in big cities
Hey Navy Pier, what you think about that?
- The Revolution In Tennis Stats That Didn’t Stick
"... some data-driven tenets from the book still held: Come to net. Crowd the middle of the court. Keep returns low."
Places Visited Recently
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A few notes on rebuilding my first LEGO set from 1979. I set out to build the iconic, genre-defining LEGO Galaxy Explorer. I knew I had the original pieces as I have every brick I was ever given, bought, or bought for my own kids. There are tens of thousands of pieces in several bins […]
The reports say there were 30,000 people hugging the Chicago River between State and Columbus last night to witness the first ever Great Chicago Fire Festival. That’s a low count and it doesn’t capture at all the sense of anticipation and excitement that suffused the crowd — something I cannot ever remember witnessing in the […]