Tags: city

It’s OK not to use tools by Jonas Downey of Basecamp

Today, a basic HTML/CSS site seems almost passé. But why? Is it because our new tools are so significantly better, or because we’ve gone overboard complicating simple things?

He’s right, y’know.

Tobias Frere-Jones: My Kind of Neighborhood

Some sleuthing uncovers an interesting twist in New York’s psychogeography:

All of the buildings have been demolished, and in some cases the entire street has since been erased. But a startling picture still emerged: New York once had a neighborhood for typography.

Google Night Walk

A nice stroll around Marseilles at night without any of the traditional danger.

The (other) Web we lost

John shares his concerns about the increasing complexity involved in developing for the web.

Jeremy Keith – The Power Of Simplicity – border:none

This is the talk I gave at the border:none event in Nuremberg last month. I really enjoyed it. This was a chance to gather together some thoughts I’ve been mulling over for a while about how we approach front-end development today …and tomorrow.

Warning: it does get quite ranty towards the end.

Also: it is only now that the video is released that I see I spent the entire talk looking like a dork with a loop of wire sticking out of the back of my head.

Do as Little as Possible ∙ An A List Apart Column

I heartily concur with Lyza’s mini-manifesto:

I think we need to try to do as little as possible when we build the future web …putting commonality first, approaching differentiation carefully.

It’s always surprised me how quickly developers will reach for complex, potentially over-engineered solutions, when—in my experience—that approach invariably creates more problems than it solves.

Simplicity is powerful.

The canonical smart city: A pastiche by Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird

Sorta sci-fi from Adam.

Consider this a shooting script for one of those concept videos so beloved of the big technology vendors.

Under Tomorrow’s Sky

Design Fiction at work, imagining a possible future city.

“Authenticity,” an article by Dan Mall

Cute. I gave Dan some advice. He made it look all pretty.

inter // states on Vimeo

A time-lapse video of Tokyo transportation.

Bangkok Underwater - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic

Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl seems even more prescient now.

Tidy Street electricity usage | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

I really like this idea: one street in Brighton is openly displaying its electricity usage over time.

Tidy Street electricity usage

The Birth of Low-Rise on Vimeo

Building a city with staples in thirty hours.

MTA.ME

The New York subway schedule converted into sound by treating each line as a string.

City Crawlers Berlin

This looks like it could be a good book: a collaborative project to find patterns and stories in the data of one city.

Oh, and the site is lovely and responsive.

Dead Drops ‘How to’ - NYC on Vimeo

I should get out there and make a few drops in Brighton.

Mayo Nissen » City Tickets

I really like this idea for connecting cities to the papernet.

Long Snake City | booktwo.org

Snakes'n'ladders played on the streets of London. Fun!

8-Bit NYC

Nifty old-school 8-bit tiles superimposed on OpenStreetMap data.

http://schulzeandwebb.com/hat/

This is the best location visualisation I have ever seen.

tweenbots | kacie kinzer

Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

YouTube - Arcattack: Faraday Fun- Imperial March

The Imperial March played through a Faraday cage. Telsa would be proud.

Rands In Repose: A Signature Cadence

Heartfelt and moving: praise for those who sprinkle doses of humanity into software interfaces.

swissmiss: urban cup holder

"The cup holder is easily clamped with one hand to posts in the street, then used as a coat/bag/umbrella hanger and a drink holder." Smart.

I've switched

A micro campaign to get people using switched extension blocks, you know four ways, multi plug sockets, this kind of thing, with switches

Wireless City (from The Argus)

Sounds like Brighton is ready to become one big WiFi hotspot.

Stodge.org » Blog Archive » Struck By Lightning

"The moment of electrocution is hard to describe. One instant I was running up a hill, the next moment I saw only white. What I heard was massive and ear-splitting. I felt nothing and sensed utter disorientation."

A List Apart: Articles: Thinking Outside the Grid

Molly has written a great article about CSS and urban planning. The ensuing comments are sometimes thought-provoking, but mostly just plain antfucking.