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@Will Schmidt Which was your favourite method to be banned?
8 months, 1 week ago on UT.co - Link Shortener for Social Good
8 months, 1 week ago on #CloudPorn (pt. 1)
Wise words, Vanessa - building new cities because the old ones aren't perfect 's absolutely not the way to go. They are costly, risk-heavy and have a huge carbon footprint (unless built to carbon zero specs), which begs the question - does the Honduran government have no confidence in itself or its people?
8 months, 1 week ago on In Honduras, New Cities for Old Problems
What a wonderful list, Lauren. I love this.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Brilliant 'Untranslatable' Words
@OceanasCanvas That's awesome - we welcome you here over in sunny London!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Why America is Not the Greatest Country in the World [Video]
@RoryGilchrist How did you find it?
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Top 15 Animal Wallpapers from National Geographic
Excellent article, Ash. This is such an important area of discussion for cities as it holds the key to an enormous range of solutions. We really need to bulk this out: http://www.theurbn.com/tag/urban-technology/
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Open Data, a New Platform for Cities
I really hope C'sar will be ok. He sounds awesome to me.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Nearsighted Elephant Fitted for Monstrous Pair of Contact Lenses
@WesleyStockton Those were actually the two that struck me as being the most surprising but, as you rightfully put it, they are only shocking because we live in a developed civilisations. The more liberal and accepting the country, the more likely the gay and lesbian population will be properly accounted for - in other countries, where it is marginalised, the stats may be inaccurate because people are unwilling to divulge the information.
Another stat that hit me hard, but actually is less surprising after you think about it for a while: 1 in every 100 people on the planet are military personnel. The same number of Australasian people according to the infographic.
9 months ago on The 100 Human World
Truly fricken' epic!
9 months ago on Why America is Not the Greatest Country in the World [Video]
Considerably more baller, indeed.
9 months ago on Tech Cocktail, Now Being Served at Tech.Co
I find the pinning of tumblr posts to the top of my dashboard very annoying and unpin them immediately. Why? Because otherwise it just looks like my dashboard hasn't updated in hours.
9 months ago on Promoting Yourself via Tumblr
This is an awesome idea and one that could truly change some lives. I can imagine these printed houses would be particularly useful in areas of high natural hazard risk - e.g. tsunami prone regions - whereby houses could be relocated during periods of high hazard possibility or simply recreated on the land once the damage has been done. The problem in that circumstance is community displacement occurs very rapidly but with a plan in place to 'reprint' the town in a couple of months the problem could be address quicker than ever.
And for the creative types... your home becomes a sketch pad!
9 months, 1 week ago on Building Paper Towns, One House at a Time
II love how all of your articles begin with "In the Urban Times office..." lol.
Great tracks, you two, we have awesome taste!
9 months, 1 week ago on Urban Times: The Friday Playlist
This is a great observation and a valuable consideration for suburbs. Although not a US resident and my personal experience of American urban-suburban differences is fairly thin on the ground, I did study Philadelphia in quite a lot of detail and quickly realised that strip malls were the suburban answer to this exact problem. The kind of clinical, packaged developments that were so obviously formulaic in their structuring that it was nearly impossible for them to forge any form of personality and "pull" power beyond the bare necessity of needing coffee, donuts and smoothies.
I love the nuances that a particular coffee shop or café can bring to an area and I feel that, if it displays a certain quality of service as well as a cute / quaint / cool identity it will do more than just provide an additional amenity (i.e. boosting the area's value for pedestrians and other business owners) but will give the area or street some sticking power in terms of repeat visitors and exposure to a wider consumer catchment pool.
So I say 'no' to franchise-heavy strip malls and 'yay' to a new breed of character-driven leisure outlets all in one small region. I love this article!
9 months, 1 week ago on Coffee Shops as Urban Social Hubs
One of my favourite zombie films... In fact, it is my favourite. I have spent countless hours, with the guy that commented below, talking about how we would survive given a zombie apocalypse. It usually starts with: "dude... what would happen if a zombie outbreak happened RIGHT NOW? What would we do? Where would we go? How long could we survive on the contents of this apartment?" Two, or even three, hours later we would pretty much have convinced one another that we were zombie fighting / survival gods and that we would outlast nearly every other human... wishful thinking? Pfff. Nahhh!
If anyone else is interested in survival in tough scenarios, check out this blog, it's great: http://www.survival-spot.com/survival-blog/
9 months, 1 week ago on Why We All Want to Live in Zombieland
@0corin very true!
9 months, 1 week ago on One Year On: Portable Street Park in Buenos Aires
@joshoconner Is it enough that it is only on weekends and public holidays?
@AlexanderPhillips Thanks... which was your favourite part?! :P
9 months, 1 week ago on London 2012 Legacy: A New Neighbourhood in an Old City
@andypowe11 The idea is to stimulate a high growth region - this will "hopefully" prop up the entire economy given that London is the nucleus of the nation's economic activity. It's a tentative idea but it has been considered many times before.