Links for urbanists – No. 3Posted: September 8, 2011
Assorted links to some of the useful, the informative, the interesting, and sometimes even the slightly weird sources I stumble across from time-to-time:
- The wonderful world of Cat Poljski.
- A “brief, wondrous” history of brutalist architecture. Back in the olden days when I was a student, we were weaned on photos of this sort of stuff. Like religion, if they get you young enough you’re a goner – I still love the pile of Mars Bars Moshe Safdie confected for Habitat 67 (although this photograph is its least flattering angle).
- The Naipaul test – can you tell the sex of the authors of these novels just by reading a brief extract? V.S. Naipaul once famously claimed: “I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not”.
- Better pedestrian infrastructure is essential for safer roads and neighbourhoods – the tragic case of Raquel Nelson and her son AJ, in Atlanta.
- Have we already hit and passed ‘peak electricity’ in Australia?
- A simple economic model of fare evasion and non-compliance.
- Intercity buses are much cheaper than trains in the US (if you ignore the cost of building the roads).
- There’s lots of competition between PC makers but they’re all competing on price. Only one company makes the iMac but it has the freedom to make something really good.
- A lighter bicycle doesn’t make you any faster.
- Mark Twain on Taming the Bicycle (this is the real Mark Twain).
- The California Cycleway, opened in 1900, was an elevated tollway built specially for bicycle traffic through the Arroyo Seco, intended to connect the cities of Pasadena and Los Angeles.
- The Great Transition claims to provide the first comprehensive blueprint for building an economy based on stability, sustainability and equality.
- The parallel between climate change and teaching evolution in schools in Tennessee in 1925.
- Cost Overruns: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hate Bent Flyvbjerg.
- GPS and the end of the road – place and placelessness in America.
- 19th century cyclists paved the way for modern motorists’ roads.
- All aboard Tokyo’s last surviving streetcar.
- Melbourne is No. 8 in Askmen.com’s list of the 25 cities for blokes to visit in 2011.
- The top-10 least-polluting cities in the US – LA is No. 8 and Miami is No. 5. Having a temperate climate helps heaps.
- Video flythrough of Westfield’s new Stratford shopping centre in London.
- A new look at the industrial revolution – how it broke free from the shackles of land.
- Stockholm is the only city in the world where electors voted for congestion pricing.
BOOK GIVEAWAY: follow this link to be in the running for one of two copies of Meg Mundell’s Black Glass. Entries close midday Thursday 15 September 2011.