Category: Electricity

The technology of urban verticality: Part 9, I-beam steel

11 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, Theory, Toilets, Verticality | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.]   As the previous three parts established, in rapid succession the elevator, the telephone, and electricity on demand accelerated the economic benefits of information-based urbanization and the rise […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 8, Electricity on demand

9 August, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, Theory, Toilets, Verticality | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.]   The previous Part 7, an intermezzo in our introduction of technological advances, established that the telephone so disrupted the business of business as to impel, in very short order, […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 7, The inescapability of vertical wiring

7 August, 2017 (08:00) | cement, Cities, Electricity, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, plumbing, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, telephone, Theory, Toilets, Verticality | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.]   As we saw in the preceding Part 6, the telephone was a seismic-event invention, with so many consequences I couldn’t cover them all in the previous part. Sources used in this […]

From black market to black out

20 August, 2012 (13:35) | Cities, Electricity, India, Informality, Infrastructure, Utilities |

By:David A. Smith   As much as I explore informality in housing and urban enterprise, readers might conclude that I celebrate it uncritically, but any form of informality has enormous costs, and not just on the informal society, as demonstrated by a recent article from the Christian Science Monitor:   A two-day blackout for half […]

Faster, smarter, cheaper: Part 2, what, me worry?

23 June, 2010 (13:53) | Apartments, Electricity, Energy, Green, Innovations, Metering, Rental, Technology, US News, Utilities |

By: David A. Smith    In yesterday’s post, we were introduced, via a Wall Street Journal article, to a coming attraction in residential property – homes and apartments – very smart meters that enable utilities to price energy (especially electricity) dynamically, charging you more at peak times, less when lower capacity is being used.   […]