Monthly Archives: January 2011

Weekly update

24-30th January 2011 Monday Travel to Portland, Oregon. Portland Bright Lights presentation From highways to handshakes. Tuesday Open source urban planning software meeting with Fregonese Associates. Portland City Council meeting with officials from planning, transportation and the Mayor’s office. Lecture at … Continue reading

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Portland: city of hub and spoke centrality

Thank you to all the people that kindly hosted me in Portland over the past three days: Portland Bright Lights, the City of Portland, Portland State University, Ankrom Moisan and Portland TriMet. Thank you to everyone that came to hear … Continue reading

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Technology & Serendipity: Stumbling in the City

Monday, 31st January at 6:30pm Stubbins Room, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 Loeb Fellowship Spring Seminars Much, Much More with Much, Much Less The Loeb Fellows invite…  Ethan Zuckerman, Senior Researcher, Harvard’s Berkman Center … Continue reading

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Dharavi – slum for sale

Notes from screening at Harvard GSD The key issue is employment, not housing. Need to retain micro-industry as well as housing. Resident’s comment on high rise housing proposal (but no clear proposal for providing places of work): “Will the oxygen … Continue reading

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Weekly update

17-23rd January 2011 Monday Boston/Cambridge spatial modelling & analysis with Ed Parham in preparation for presentations on Tuesday. Tuesday Boston, City Hall Plaza meeting with Kairos Shen, Planning Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Cambridge City Council meeting with Community … Continue reading

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The pace of change – is “online” a reflection of “urban”?

One of the challenges in achieving an integration of thinking between hackers and urbanists is the rate of change online. Will the massive experimentation currently underway on the internet continue at a pace, or settle down as norms are established … Continue reading

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Architecting the unexpected

“Serendipity”: it’s what cities have always provided but online environments only sometimes produce. Why “search” isn’t enough, hackers need to think like urbanists and the internet needs urban design. It’s the start of a new semester at Harvard and there’s a … Continue reading

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Connecting the disconnected – how much is enough?

Yesterday evening, Ed Parham gave a talk at the Graduate School of Design on Space Syntax’s work redesigning unplanned settlements in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Despite the really awful weather, which turned Cambridge into a pedestrian sludge, there was a full … Continue reading

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Weekly update

10-16th January 2011 Monday General catch-up with network after Christmas holidays. Preparation of teaching material for Harvard teaching later in the week.  Tuesday MAS meeting with AR, ET and RS to prepare MAS strategy for 2011. Urban Land Institute conference … Continue reading

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From landscapes of extraction to creative industries of organic matter & waste

​​Monday, 14th February 2011 at 6pm Stubbins Room, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 Participants Pablo Rey, Basurama Manolo Mansylla, Trashpatch Robin Nagle, anthropologist of material culture (waste) Scientist doing research in biomaterials (Wyss Institute … Continue reading

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Upcoming talk: “From highways to handshakes – taming roads for people”

Monday, 24th January at 6:00pm Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW Tenth Ave., Portland OR A conversation with Tim Stonor of the renowned London-based planning firm Space Syntax When it comes to transportation, planners use “science” for cars but more often “intuition” … Continue reading

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Upcoming talk: “Planning the unplanned: An evidence-based approach to design in informal settlements”

Harvard Graduate School of Design, 18th January 2011, 6:30pm With the world population of slum dwellers set to increase to 2 billion over the next 30 years, the need to provide adequate living conditions for the urban poor is recognised … Continue reading

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Introduction to Space Syntax theory, technology & practice

Reading list Hillier, B. Introduction to Space is the Machine, Cambridge University Press, pp1-8. Hillier, B. (1996) Cities as movement economies. Urban Design International , 1 (1) , pp. 41-60. Hillier, B. (2009) Spatial sustainability in cities: organic patterns and … Continue reading

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