Culture and Environment Preface In this article I synthesize in a highly condensed form a body of work on culture-environment relations. This work has been published over a large period of time and in a variety of places and publications. This synthesis both reveals and makes explicit many connections only implicit so far. These connections can also be stated more concisely, thus making it more usable. Since it refers to my own work, it is written in essay form with references to a list of further readings (which is also a complete bibliography of my work specifically on this topic).1 The 10 Most Inspirational TED Talks for Architects The 10 Most Inspirational TED Talks for Architects Inspiration is a funny thing: when you need it is nowhere to be seen, and just when you're not expecting it, it can blindside you in the least convenient of places. Here's ten inspirational TED talks for architects (in no particular order) from people with broad and unique views on architecture. Some might enlighten, educate or even enrage you - at the very least they should get those creative juices flowing a little better.
Why You Should Recycle, Reuse, or Repurpose Old Tech by Natalie Shoemaker Tablets, phones, and various other gizmos were popular items on everyone's lists this year. So, now it's out with the old in with the new, right? Maybe not. The 20 Most Inspiring TED Talks for Architects Are you feeling short on inspiration today? For a jump-start, try watching one of these twenty TED Talks – a follow-up to last year’s post “The 10 Most Inspirational TED Talks for Architects.” Wherever your interests lie, the passionate people featured in these videos – from WikiHouse founder Alastair Parvin to famed photographer Iwan Baan and architectural great Moshe Safdie - will get your creative juices flowing. See them all, after the break. 1. Carolyn Steel: How Food Shapes Our Cities
Do We Really Live In Dangerous Times, or Does It Just Feel That Way? by David Ropeik There's a dark & a troubled side of lifeThere's a bright, there's a sunny side, tooTho' we meet with the darkness and strifeThe sunny side we also may view.(The opening verse of a classic country song) It is popular among pundits and intellectuals to pontificate that people are irrational to call these the Worst of Times, the scariest, most violent, threatened days humans have ever faced.
Humans, cities and the environment The European: As an economist, you have a very pragmatic approach to cities. Let’s begin with one of your thoughts: Cities help preserve the environment precisely because they keep people away from it. Glaeser: That is right. It is somewhat counterintuitive but all that is leafy is not necessarily green – living around trees and living in low density areas may end being actually quite harmful for the environment, whereas living in high-rise buildings and urban core may end up being quite kind to the environment. Together with with Matthew Kahn of UCLA we looked at carbon emissions from home and transport energy use and found very significant differences, even when holding incumbent family size constant between low density and urban living.
The Century of the Self This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the human mind and its workings profoundly. His influence on the 20th century is widely regarded as massive. The documentary describes the impact of Freud's theories on the perception of the human mind, and the ways public relations agencies and politicians have used this during the last 100 years for their engineering of consent. Among the main characters are Freud himself and his nephew Edward Bernays, who was the first to use psychological techniques in advertising.
Architecture and Urban design, Architecture and Urban Design Urban Design From Underutilized Space to Performative System Lower Manhattan Financial District Dimitra Gavrilaki, Yang Liu | Collaboration BBC Two - The Men Who Made Us Spend, Episode 1 Smart Cities and Communities: Achieving Smart Urban Growth - Esri UK “Every community can be a smart community. This means big cities and small towns alike, all around the world.” Esri works side-by-side with governments, big to small, to build smart communities—places where people feel safer, healthier, and happier. We help you be productive and efficient while increasing transparency and collaboration with citizens and businesses. When you work with Esri you gain access to the entire ArcGIS platform, for one department or across your organisation.