Google+ isn’t a social network; it’s The Matrix

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Charles Arthur: Trying to analyse the amount of activity on Google+ in comparison to Facebook or Twitter yields little useful information – because it doesn’t have the same purpose as them

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Big Brothers watching me???

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The APARTHEID has been deeply written into the South African landscape: What Will Be Mandela’s Spatial Legacy?

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From the window of an airplane it’s all too plain that apartheid has been deeply written into the South African landscape. Even the smallest town appears as two distinct towns. One features a spacious grid of tree-lined streets and comfortable houses surrounded by lawns. The other, its shriveled twin, some distance away but connected by a well-traveled road, consists of a much tighter grid of dirt roads lined with shacks. Trees are a rarity, lawns non-existent. This doubling pattern appears no matter the size of the population: here, the white town; over there, the black township. — Lisa Findley, “Red & Gold: A Tale of Two Apartheid Museums.”

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

Anyone who drives from Cape Town’s "leafy subrurbs’ to the airport sees the legacy of apartheid in the shacks that line the road, attempts to house everyone in one or two room, poorly designed and badly built shack,s over the 20 years of ANC rule have made no in-road on this spacial legacy   – the mating call of the party to its suporters is that it’s the fault of the past regime – any attempt by  the opposition to call attention to the problems of poor sapcial planning, which is the visibel legacy of Modernism as adopted by the Nationalist govemnemts policy of racial segragation. The economic underpinning of this system are still firmly entrenched inthe city and despite endless planning reports there is still no visible change and the poor are rightly  frustrated – why do they still tolerate their leaders who spend millions on their own houses inthe name of security but are unable to provide  the poor with a viable and urbane civic realm?

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Green Urbanism is the Future! Well, Maybe.

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced the winners of its annual awards program, honoring the best of the best (at least in th…

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

Yeah maybe .. but this is mostly high cost stuff – here in Africa we might just need more people-centric public space – to quote Fred Kent of PPS – lighter cheaper, faster – greener comes simply by being low-tech and local.

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Earth Screening: the Winning proposal for Holland ‘sustainable farming’ pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

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New Holland Agriculture have chosen the winner of the international competition for their 1,500 square meters pavilion at the World Expo 2015 in Milan. The proposal, by Carlo Ratti Associati, is called Earth Screening, and features an agricultural field on its roof, similar to a giant 3D printer thanks to the constant activity of two robotized, self-driving tractors.

Emanuela Recchi, chairman of Recchi Engineering, describes Earth Screening as “a pavilion capable of expressing the principles of sustainability, efficiency, and energy production of a modern ‘Sustainable Farm’.” The design concept proposes an innovative and efficient pavilion, allowing visitors to interact with the latest research, products and innovations developed by New Holland.

The aim is that the energy for the pavilion – including that for the selfdriving tractors on the roof – will be generated on site. After the Expo, the New Holland pavilion will be dismantled and reconstructed in a second location as an innovative didactic farm, embodying the very idea of recycling and sustainability.

  

Donovan Gillman‘s insight:

Is this the future or is it just another "futurescape" daydream?

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