Where We Work
A Kickstarter for co-working space Makeshift Society points to the light, space and tools creative freelancers need to be productive.
Rural Vacation/Urban Questions
Driving Vermont's rural routes I began to wonder: Why does this town get a brand-new energy-efficient supermarket, and that one a minimart-slash-video store-slash-bank?
Drawn to Currency
The Accidental Mystery of Tim Prusmack's hand drawn currency.
Cycle Commerce: The Red Blood Cells of a Smart City
Dehli's many millions of bicycle and rickshaw vendors embody the entrepreneurship, sustainable mobility, social innovation and thriving local economies, that a sustainable city needs. How can that be traslated to European cities?
Healing The Metabolic Rift
John Thackara on the possibilities and issues global business leaders will face at the 2013 World Economic Forum.
Istanbul: City of Seeds
Rather than dream up exotic visions of “what could be”, an xskool looks for social and natural assets that already exist – and grows from there.
Design In The Light of Dark Energy
A shortened version of a talk on why the world has to reduce energy consumption, the five per cent energy solution and some of the people around the world who are leading the way.
A Reading List for Mr. Mario Monti
A (mostly) online list of readings for the new Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Mario Monti, and anyone else who is ready for a cold hard look at our energy resources and options.
Who Are We Competing For?
At the "Zoning the City" conference, planners insisted cities were in competition? But why are we so focused on the people who want to leave, rather than those who want to stay?
Fred A. Bernstein
The Next World's Fair: A Proposal
Fred Bernstein makes a case for New York City to be the host of the next World's Fair.
From Eds & Meds to Farms and Watersheds
Eds & Meds behemoths that bestride Pittsburgh's skyline are not the only game in town. Even a small meadow contains a lot of plants.
From Bankster HQ to Start-up Central in Iceland
The Start-Up Kids
is a documentary about young entrepreneurs who have founded web and media startups in the US and Europe.
A result of the wrenching economic downturn is that we just don’t care about stuff
Rob Walker's Collection of Bicentennial Quarters
Rob Walker shares his collection of bicentennial quarters.
"We Can't Really Pay"
All of you print people who scorned bloggers but have moved into blogging and helm publications that “blog,” earth to you: You don’t pay.
Lewis Hyde wrote The Gift
decades ago for an audience of artists, writers and other people who create. Chris Anderson, cited Hyde’s work in his book Free
, published last year.
Lost In the Supermarket
Dmitri Siegel gets lost in the Supermarket and encounters incredibly grippy toothbushes, spouts, nozzles, Thorstein Veblen and Adolf Loos.
A Short Manifesto on the Future of Attention
We have a wide-ranging discussion about what is and what can't be free, which is basically about the future of profit
. Maybe we should be considering a dilemma of a human nature: the future of attention
Seattle PI: RIP
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
was founded 146 years ago, when that city was an industrial backwater on Elliot Bay, a timber town with more logs than people.
Save the Library Redux
Could it be that the sour economy is the best friend of the good old library?
Who Needs Two?
In this brutal economy, the Yankees have enlisted Prudential Douglas Elliman to help them move high-end seats at their new stadium.
Talk is Cheap
As the financial crisis
snowballed this year, retail sales fell sharply. Curiously, many assessments of this development treated it as an exciting new trend.
Lehman's Bankruptcy Statement
I'm just a designer, but it doesn't take a genius to read a bankruptcy statement. Take a look at the Lehman Brothers statement dated Sunday, September 14, 2008. Read the whole thing down to exhibit A and the list of creditors — this is an historical document.