Seeing as Starbucks has long promoted itself as a "third place" or community living room, it behooves an urbanist to pay attention.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
...Well, I don't know what they are singing, but let me tell you, considering the sinking ship feel of the state of the American economy today, one thing is for sure...We Westerners are going to be thinking AWFUL hard about how to serve their needs. Can't you see it in their beckoning eyes? We better figure out QUICK my American pals and dolls what they want.
Damn...I wish I was working for Ben Wood. Maybe its not too late.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wouldn't it be fun to live in this?:
Thursday, March 20, 2008
One thing they could do is allow artists to use the billboards for artistic works...Let a year long "sign fast" pass and then WHAM--Hit em baby! A veritable sign explosion in the public realm. Kind a like a shock diet. Then you'd really be playing with people's minds! It would be like the kind of horror turned to pleasure a desert monk would have if he lugged one book into the wilderness and discovered nothing was printed in it.
Check out the skymovie ad video (ironic, huh?):
Monday, March 17, 2008
I find this post at Space & Culture utterly fascinating. It fills my analogical mind with lessons. Could this be foreshadowing the "slumburbing" of the U.S. sprawlific economy??? For any of you watching what is going on currently in Wall Street...The vultures are already circling. And as to why "the Quantitatively- and analytically-sophisticated Wall Street teams greatly overestimated their capability to assess and manage risk", look here.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
RMB City will be the condensed incarnation of contemporary Chinese cities with most of their characteristics; a series of new Chinese fantasy realms that are highly self-contradictory, inter-permeative, laden with irony and suspicion, and extremely entertaining and pan-political. China's current obsession with land development in all its intensity will be extended to Second Life. A rough hybrid of communism, socialism and capitalism, RMB City will be realized in a globalized digital sphere combining overabundant symbols of Chinese reality with cursory imaginings of the country's future.