Category: Urbanism

Month in Review: September, 2016

4 January, 2017 (09:00) | Bent Flyvbjerg, budgeting, Cities, funeral homes, Housing, megaprojects, Olympics, Speculation, Urbanism, US News |

  By: David A. Smith   In this blog’s second decade, my posts have evolved away from reaction shots to short-term events – the world already has more of them than it needs, it doesn’t need mine – and have instead become a published commonplace book of discursive essays, wherein I exploit the freedom 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 […]

Month in review: December 2005

9 January, 2006 (10:10) | France, GSEs, Land use, Month in review, Urbanism |

While many of you were away celebrating holidays familial, religious, or pagan, I was slaving over a hot keyboard,   “Eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat, and tongue of dog …”   writing insightful [Who sez? — Ed.] witty well-punctuated posts on a variety of topics.  Here are December’s highlights:   […]

Kibera: Africa’s largest slum

7 July, 2005 (17:49) | Economics, Kibera, Nairobi, Slums, UN Habitat, Urbanism |

Kibera is on no map, its 550,000+ people — one out of every five Nairobians — cartographically invisible.  One of the many roads in (all unpaved, most only a few walkers’ wide) rises at a twenty degree angle in yellow dirt.  Every day thousands of Kiberans walk several miles to and from their work, formal […]