Category: Technology

Zoning’s fifth column

26 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Apartments, Innovations, Law, New York City, Policy, Technology, US News, Zoning | No comments

As my four columns of troops approach the city, a fifth column of people inside the city will support us and undermine the government from within. General Emilio Mola, advancing on Madrid, 1936 (paraphrased from Wikipedia)   By: David A. Smith   According to Gordon Gekko’s reading of Sun Tzu, every battle is won before […]

Tintypes from the time before zoning: Part 2, References in the archive

8 August, 2016 (09:00) | Airbnb, Cities, History, Library, Lighthouse, Live-work space, New York City, Rental, Speculation, Superintendent, Technology, Urbanization, US News, work-live housing, Zoning | No comments

  By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Being at the top floor of the north wing, this hall was not in any real sense a hall at all, but was more in the nature of a loft. The only window was at its far end, and opposite the door through […]

The guru’s daydreams: Part 2, Reinventing the past

30 July, 2014 (10:00) | Cities, Configuration, Density, Housing, Innovations, Markets, Speculation, Technology, Urbanization, ViaTechnik |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.] By: David A. Smith As ViaTechnik, which asked me for an email interview (published on ViaTechnik’s blog; July 9, 2014), is primarily a technology and design firm, their initial questions dealt mainly with housing’s and cities’ future: The future begins tomorrow! Problem: People are creating new family units and the […]

The guru’s daydreams: Part 1, Inventing the future

29 July, 2014 (12:01) | Cities, Configuration, Density, Housing, Innovations, Markets, Speculation, Technology, Urbanization, ViaTechnik |

By: David A. Smith I dream of financial structures that never were, and hey … let’s underwrite ‘em When I was nineteen, and working as a bellhop at the Newagen Inn (which at the time was a spend-two-weeks .. sojourn), I made the conscious decision that whenever I was asked an earnest and honest question, […]

Cenotaphs of lost societies

6 December, 2013 (09:00) | Abandonment, Buildings, History, Housing, Obsolescence, Reuse, Technology |

By:David A. Smith   Not only do physical spaces express who we are, they also evoke who we expect others to be as well – and while today’s spaces seem unremarkable to us, as time passes and our tastes and technologies change, the unchanging but gradually decaying past space serves as a haunting reminder of […]