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Monthly Archives: January 2009

City Lost in Translation

City as Backdrop: -Lost in Tokyo (Lost in Translation) Рa perfect example of alienation and anomie -Another Tokyo (video clip) Рestrangement goes mellow City as Labyrinth: -Credit animations in The Bourne Identity (Tribute animation  by befsztyk88pl)

What should we do with GIS?

How could one avoid being just a technical end-user and late-adopter of Geographical Information Systems – that’s geodata or spatial data in other lingo : Does anyone have truly theoretical and methodological innovations in areas such as GIS for visualization of local and of community issues, locative and mobile media applications, GIS-amateur sketch map interfaces […]

Where cars go to wait Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world Carmakers around the world are cutting production as inventories build up to unprecedented levels. Storage areas and docksides are now packed with vast expanses of unsold cars as demand slumps.” “Unsold cars at Avonmouth Docks near Bristol, UK.” “Newly imported cars fill the 150-acre site at […]

Oil and rising waters don’t mix

My advice to every architect and civil engineer: dikes and levees are going to be hot. In its 11th hour, the Bush Administration has authorized a new US Arctic Policy (National Security Presidential Directive 66), which will serve as a continuing, broad policy guideline to government agencies until replaced. That is, it has effect until […]


Woody Allen’s homage to Manhattan and to the long tradition linking cinema to the city: -Vertov‘s 1927 Der Mann mit der Kamera (Man with a Movie Camera) -Walter Ruttman’s 1927 Berlin, die Sinfonie der Groszstadt (often referred to in English as (Symphony for a City), and, -Fritz Lang’s c.1926-27 Metropolis -the first images of Los […]