Friday, July 2, 2010

Jacobs Vs Whyte?

Article that looks at the over-dominance, in the author's opinion, of Jacobs' thought on city development & planning, particularly in the US. Interestingly the author proposes looking at William Whyte's more nuanced work and studies as an alternative way to desig our cities. Read it here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New York Times

Article in the New York Times today on Ireland's economic position; the photo essay that accompanies it, interestingly, focuses on property in its various states of development.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Shopping Scale

An image from Jesse LeCavalier's essay "All Those Numbers" which you can find at Places: Design Observer. LeCavalier is researching retail logistics and urbanism at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and speculates in this essay on the scale of Walmart's endeavours and the physical impact of their logistical operation on our urban environment.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cartographies of Time

New book that traces the history of graphic representations of time since 1450. An exploration on how a line can come to mean time...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Digital Urban

Have a look at this blogspot that explores digital methods of representing cities. Written by Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith, the content relates to much of the work he is involved in with London's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis. There are sections on mapping, 3d visualisation & timelapse visualisation, as well as tutorials and lots of useful information to get you started with alternative methods. The image above is part of a London 'Twitter' map and video created using google maps and other data.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Augmented Reality

New mapping technology developed by Microsoft and Bing maps introduced at a TED talk in February 2010. Interesting to see the detail that they can show, but more so how data from multiple sources is integrated into the one application, meaning that you get overlays of spatial information from different time periods, media and authors all integrated in one location.

See the talk here.

Friday, March 5, 2010

UCD Children and Urban Design Day, Thurs, March 4th 2010

These are some photos of the walk around Dublin's North Inner City with (and organised by !) Jackie Bourke, PhD student at DIT, and the subsequent Seminar at Dublin City Council Wood Quay Venue