Category: Networks

The self-organizing cellular network

28 February, 2014 (09:00) | Buses, Cellular automata, Global news, Innovations, Kibera, Markets, Nairobi, Networks, Slums, Transportation |

 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, or […]

Privileging the frank: Part 4, If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some

25 March, 2013 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Advocacy, Economics, Historic, Housing, Infrastructure, Networks, Post office, Rehab, Tax credits, Zoning |

[Concluded from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some. – Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster General   Once it becomes inevitable that some post offices will be closed, as we have seen by critiquing […]

Privileging the frank: Part 3, Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship

22 March, 2013 (09:55) | Adaptive reuse, Advocacy, Economics, Historic, Housing, Infrastructure, Networks, Post office, Rehab, Tax credits, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship – Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster General   By now, halfway through our deconstruction of a fluffy article by Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times (March 8, 2013) and […]

Privileging the frank: Part 2, Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt

21 March, 2013 (10:43) | Adaptive reuse, Advocacy, Economics, Historic, Housing, Infrastructure, Networks, Post office, Rehab, Tax credits, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt. – Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster General   Yesterday’s post, expanding upon a powderpuff article by Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times (March 8, 2013) and the subsequent comments section (green Arial), brought to our attention that […]

Privileging the frank: Part 1, A penny saved is a penny earned

20 March, 2013 (14:29) | Adaptive reuse, Advocacy, Economics, Historic, Housing, Infrastructure, Networks, Post office, Rehab, Tax credits, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   A penny saved is a penny earned. – Benjamin Franklin, Postmaster General   When were you last inside a post office?   Think back.  When was the last time you actually went down to the physical post office for any reason – and what motivated you to go?   2000 ALLSTON […]