Thursday, July 30, 2009
Upcoming conference in NYC about one of my favorite things: walkable cities -- and how and why more cities/living environments should be "walkable." And, by the way, which book or essay by Bruce Chatwin was it where he defined a human being as "human walking"? (I agree with him.)
I attended a very useful and realistic presentation on green roofs last night at The Horticultural Society of New York. Amy Norquist, president of Greensulate, gave a really balanced presentation about the practicalities of installing and maintaining a green roof in the NYC metropolitan area. Good info about the realities and limitations of the tax incentives. Coincidentally, The New York Times ran a major feature today about white roofs. According to Amy Norquist last night, the benefits of a white roof are limited -- after a few years their reflective properties are compromised; whereas, the green roof (European experience cited) have life cycles far beyond the typical warranty of traditional roofs along with consideration of the sustainability benefits. See my earlier post of getting green roofs out of the hands of starchitects, July 21. Interesting discussion.
Friday, July 24, 2009
This feature in The New York Review of Books, “The News About the Internet,” by Michael Massing (a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review), examines in detail the emergence of a hybrid between “journalist” and “blogger” in light of the changes in the news industry we all know about. Several paragraphs detail the serious bloggers that cover Wall Street, the banks, and the relationships between Wall Street and Washington. Lots of examples of how major MSM features use these serious, focused bloggers as sources. This kind of blogger is more like an investigative reporter than a Mat Drudge or a teenager on MySpace. The article concludes with echoing Pew on “Power shifting to the individual journalists and away . . . from journalistic institutions . . . . consumers are gravitating to the work of individual writers and voices, and away somewhat from institutional brand . . . “
This article on PLANETizen is a really good overview of the various returns on investment -- property values, investment, environmental quality, civic engagement, etc. -- that come from good street design. Implicit here, also, is the idea that "design" includes the infrastructural considerations, environmental quality, social analysis, and aesthetics.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So many major projects in NYC have either been killed, stalled or maimed -- Atlantic Yards, Convention Center, much of the WTC site -- despite some understandable misgivings about the Coney Island project, at least it's good to see something move forward.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
One view from Arianna Huffingon on what it means today to "bear witness" -- by both "the elite few" and the rest of us. A second view from Jim Spanfeller at Forbes.com who describes a continuing, if changing, role for professional journalists in future content sites that deal with news.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I don't know what to make of this. But since this blog is about what "we" communicate and the "spaces" in which "we" communicate -- well, maybe "we" includes trans-species communications. (Not that this makes anything easier or feel more "normal.") Check out the NYT magazine and NPR.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Good overview of the landscape architecture profession -- its renaissance and integration with the environmental movement and engineered systems.