Sites such as Pickie have already leveraged friends’ Facebook likes to create a catalog of recommended products for consumers. Gathering data on actual purchase, Mine is a Twitter-like social network that shows contacts’ recent purchases rather than tweets. READ MORE…
What’s the potential for the City’s public payphones? Tonight we launched the city’s first payphone design challenge, Reinvent Payphones, at the New York Tech Meetup.
Participate in Reinvent Payphones and create virtual and/or physical prototypes that modernize existing payphone infrastructure for a safer, more sustainable, accessible, and informed city.
Join urban designers, technologists, and policy experts and submit your prototype by February 18th, 2013. Visit nyc.gov/reinventpayphones to learn more and register for updates.
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"Just as smartphones revolutionized how we avoid talking to each other and food trucks changed our tolerance for eating while standing on the street, the emergence of data science as a vehicle for expression is going to radically change how we create. It gives us a new way to tell the story of the world around us. Even if it’s just to find out how racist our current location is."
Most planned cities probably aren’t designed with the view from space in mind, but some of them create incredible patterns on the landscape that can only be truly appreciated from above.
Planned cities are laid out all at once and built from scratch. They are designed with a purpose in mind: to optimize traffic flow, or to maximize access to green space or to keep everyone in their proper place. They are born from many different inspirations. Some are a compromise between two cities vying to be their country’s capitol, built in between in neutral territory on previously undeveloped land. Some are built to keep workers near a nuclear power plant or copper mine in the middle of nowhere. Some are intended to be a utopia — with public gardens, promenades, throughways and harmony — to cure the “urban disease” rampant in most ad hoc cities.
These cities, towns and communities can be found all over the world and throughout history, hundreds of years into the past and several decades into the future. Here are some of the best views of planned cities from space.
One mathematician’s ingenious solution to armoring heavy bombers inspired Facebook’s research manager to look at Facebook’s ocean of data from a new perspective.