Category: Technology

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 […]

The new urbanism of Tiny Tower: Part 2, In the end, we must cultivate our tower

11 July, 2013 (09:00) | Cities, complex systems, games, Housing, Humor, iPhone, Markets, SimCity, SimEarth, simulations, Technology, Tiny Tower, urbanism |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s tour of Tiny Tower got us through only half of its New Urbanist principles – we have almost as many yet to come – including the principle of user deification.   A world in your hands, K     13. The city does not […]

The new urbanism of Tiny Tower: Part 1, Without new housing, there are no new jobs

10 July, 2013 (09:28) | Cities, complex systems, games, Housing, Humor, iPhone, Markets, SimCity, SimEarth, simulations, Technology, Tiny Tower, urbanism |

By:David A. Smith   The world’s fastest growing ‘city’ is a model of New Urbanism, going from zero to over 10,000,000 people in just a few years, but to visit it, you’ll have to look into an iPhone or computer.    A universe that goes only upwards   Tiny Tower, the logical successor to SimCity […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 2, the ingredients

19 March, 2013 (09:28) | building technology, Essential posts, home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, using as a convenient seed an upbeat article from CNN (January 8, 2013), introduced the concept of a core house, plus technological gadgets, as an improvable ‘fruitcake house’.  Construction of a basic core house, with a malleable or modifiable material for walls and […]

The improvable house as a self-baked fruitcake: Part 1, the recipe

18 March, 2013 (15:52) | building technology, Essential posts, home improvement, Housing, Innovations, Philanthropy, self-building, Slums, South Africa, Technology |

By:David A. Smith   While for some of us a house is a completed product, something we buy one day and use the next (after enduring the travails of moving), but that’s an illusion, as even our completed house begins changing the day we move in – and for most of the world, a home […]