Here is new York by E.B.White

A poem compresses much in a small space and adds music, this heightening it meaning. The city is like poetry it compress all life, all races and breeds into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.
– E.B. White on NYC

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Berlin off the road for the BMW-Guggenheim-Lab “Urban Impressions

Come talk about individual and collective comfort in an urban laboratory funded by multinationals when their quality of life is found jeopardized by an aggressive capitalism appears to be fairly … inappropiate.

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Source : http://impressionsurbaines.wordpress.com/

Paramilitary Policing From Seattle to Occupy Wall Street

It is ironic that those police officers who are busting up the Occupy protesters are themselves victims of the same social ills the demonstrators are combating: corporate greed; the slackening of essential regulatory systems; and the abject failure of all three branches of government to safeguard civil liberties and to protect, if not provide, basic human needs like health, housing, education and more.

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Source : The Nation

Photo-Realistic Tokyo Model Braces a Highrise Dream

“This means putting all urban eggs in one “super high-rise” basket (offices at the top so that executives can feel powerful, residences below for proximity to green space).”

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Source : Polis

#13 Collected Reading

Quote of the week

“When there is no longer any violence, there is no need for help Therefore you should not demand help, but abolish violence. Help and violence form a whole And the whole has to be changed” – Brecht

1. Holy cow, taxman! Featherweight activist fights battle against the dodgers

“It’s no coincidence that when this government came into power almost the first thing it did was raise VAT rates so that ordinary people would pay more tax and then cut corporate tax rates.”

Economics, Policy, Tax Rate,UK

Source :The Guardian

2.Connective Spaces in Medellín

“Juan Carlos’ comments about countering gang activity through positive use of public space strike an important tone in the role of public space in Medellin.”

Community, Culture, Place, Urban

Source : Connective Spaces


3.When Sweden Rules the World

“Acceptance of failure. Finally, if all of this so far makes Swedes sound like superhumans, take heart. They do in fact fail – pretty often, as it turns out. But here again a good cultural pressure-release valve comes to their assistance: a willingness to accept and learn from failure. While other cultures might blindly contend that failure is not an option, Swedes generally accept that some failure is bound to happen.” 

Culture, Policy, Sweden

Source : Creative Social Blog

4. Adam Curtis Blog: RUPERT MURDOCH – A PORTRAIT OF SATAN

“When Murdoch heard the news that John Major had been re-elected he was on the lot at Twentieth Century Fox. He said two words: ” We Won” “

Media, UK, Culture

Source : BBC

5. There Is No Such Thing as a Free Market 

“Thus seen, the ‘freedom’ of a market is, like beauty, in the eyes of the beholder. If you believe that the right of children not to have to work is more important than the right of factory owners to be able to hire whoever they find most profitable, you will not see a ban on child labour as an infringement on the freedom of the labour market. If you believe the opposite, you will see an ‘unfree’ market, shackled by a misguided government regulation.”

Economics, Culture, Markets, Global, Policy

Source : Truthout

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– Kaushik

#2 Collected Reading : May 1st 2011

1.Prodigal Sun

“Solar energy was a rising star in the ’70s — until it was banished by the powers that be. Are we ready for its return.”

Sustainable, Technology,USA

Source :  Motherjones

2. Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

“Everyone possesses self-interest in a narrow sense: I want what’s good for me right now! Self-interest “properly understood” is different. It means appreciating that paying attention to everyone else’s self-interest—in other words, the common welfare—is in fact a precondition for one’s own ultimate well-being.”

Economy, Life, USA

Source :  Vanity Fair


3. American Murder Mystery

 “People were moved too quickly, without any planning, and without any thought about where they would live, and how it would affect the families or the places,” complains James Rosenbaum, the author of the original Gautreaux study. 

Housing, Urban, Race

Source :  The Atlantic

4. John Maeda Mulls RISD’s Backlash Against His Cyber-Style Leadership

 I realize that what I thought could work in the digital era doesn’t have the same impact locally as it does globally. People don’t want more messages; they want more interactions.

Teaching, Design, Leadership, Digital

Source :  Fast Company Digital

5. Streetlife – Performing politics in the square

How does urban geography effect the way societies develop? What have streets given to politics?

Urban, Culture, Global

Source :  BBC : Thinking Allowed

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– Kaushik