Category: Innovations

And if requiring fail? Part 2, is stronger than its execution

21 March, 2014 (09:00) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, de Blasio, Development, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, New York City, Theory, US News | No comments

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday we saw that during his populist redistributionist campaign,  now-mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio claimed he would be able to produce 50,000 affordable apartments, basically for free (i.e. no taxpayer money), through enactment of mandatory inclusionary zoning.  He based this boast on […]

And if requiring fail? Part 1, The threat

20 March, 2014 (10:56) | Affordability, Affordable Housing, de Blasio, Development, Housing, Inclusionary zoning, Innovations, New York City, Theory, US News | No comments

By:David A. Smith   As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration starts with a bang (such as his assault on charter schools) and aggressively reversal of many Bloombergian policies (such as stop-and-frisk, which seemed sensible to me), what will he do with housing?   I’m only listening to you until the cameras go […]

The self-organizing cellular network

28 February, 2014 (09:00) | Buses, cellular automata, Global news, Innovations, Kibera, Markets, Nairobi, Networks, Slums, transport | No comments

 By:David A. Smith   So comfortable and regulated are we in the formal world that we have fallen into the foolish belief that all networks must be the result of organized and conscious creation, when in fact the genius of markets lies in their ability to use the dynamics of cellular automata – hundreds, thousands, […]

Round-shouldered psyches: Part 2, Do it in DUMBO?

4 February, 2014 (09:00) | Apartments, architects, Cities, Design, High-rise, Housing, Innovations, micro-apartments, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Uncategorized, urban living |

 [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith                                                                           To my surprise, yesterday’s little post on the psychological risks of living in a micro-apartment, using as source material an interesting article in The Atlantic (December 13, 2013),  expanded so much it didn’t fit in the original slot, so I’ve carried it over.   Fun […]

Round-shouldered psyches: Part 1, Enough room for the fridge?

3 February, 2014 (14:43) | Apartments, architects, Cities, Design, High-rise, Housing, Innovations, micro-apartments, New York City, Psychology, Rent control, Uncategorized, urban living |

By:David A. Smith                                                                           Would you live here?   Micro-apartment designed by Beriot, Bernardini Arquitectos   Every apartment looks spacious […]