Category: Speculation

The technology of urban verticality: Part 2, Interiors

19 July, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, Rome, Sanitation, Speculation, Technology, Theory, Verticality | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   As we saw in the previous Part 1, the march of human urbanization is a march into the sky: the creation of a vertical built environment that doesn’t exist in biological nature.      Because no one can fool gravity – nor energy […]

The technology of urban verticality: Part 1, Mass

17 July, 2017 (09:00) | cement, Cities, Elevators, Housing, Infrastructure, Innovation, Rome, Speculation, Technology, Theory, Verticality | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   The world has experienced more change in humanity’s cities and our residential patterns in the last century and a half than in all of human history put together.  Take a pair of American twins born in 1850, transport one back to 500 AD, the other forward to 2017 – […]

Bail out? Bail in?: Part 2, Italians aren’t stupid

6 July, 2017 (08:30) | Banks, Capital markets, Eurozone, Global news, Italy, Markets, Recapitalization, Speculation | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from the previous Part 1.]   As we saw in Part 1, the Italian government is following in a series of national governments (previously Greece, before that Spain) that when confronted with a Brussels-issued ultimatum, reject it:   “We accept it!” “We reject it!”     Sources used […]

Bail out? Bail in?: Part 1, Investing might be a bad choice of words

5 July, 2017 (09:00) | Banks, Capital markets, Eurozone, Global news, Italy, Markets, Recapitalization, Speculation | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   Is this really going to work?   As a longstanding fan of the snarky voice of Tyler Durden, one of the pseudonymous authors of the financially morbid, always incisive, and scarily provocative Zero Hedge (which, for example, thinks Uber’s market cap is about to collapse like a flash-frozen soufflé), […]

Moving in on the ground floor: Part 2, What will appear

12 April, 2017 (09:00) | Adaptive reuse, Apartments, Cities, Housing, Land use, New York City, Retail, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   In Monday’s Part 1 of this (thankfully, only) two-part post, using as our seed an article from Crain’s New York (January 29, 2017), as supplemented by a serendipitous piece in Crain’s New York (April 9, 2017; burnt orange font), we saw that I pronounced […]