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Category Archives: North America

Climate Change and the Urban Future

At Cancun this week , where delegates are discussing the 16th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) demanded that the focus on states be shifted toward a stress on peoples and a more local and specific vision of climate impacts. Kirt Ejesiak, Vice President of ICC Canada, voiced [...]

Survivall in exhibition: Vivo Arte Mov at MAM, Salvador da Bahia

Survivall at MAM Salvador by A. Lemos, M. Fiorelli and R. Shields (Photo copyright A. Lemos and M. Fiorelli)
An update to our previous post on “locative art” using Google Maps and our collective article in Wi – Journal of Mobile Media (Hexagram Institute) – where Andre Lemos recently discussed locative media in Brazil.  Survivall is [...]

Elevated Park: The Highline NYC

The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. Section 1 of the High Line is open as a public park, owned by the City of New York and operated under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Friends of the High [...]

Geo-Mashups: Mapping US Statistics

Datamasher maps US state-level statistics from the US census and other sources.  An example is their map of fast-food restaurants versus obesity rates (above).  Sometimes these are revealing, sometimes not, and sometimes their statistical reliability may not be good due to sample sizes.  Makes a nice map, however.
Rhizalabs’ FluTracker also does a global mapping of [...]

Server space

NY Times: Data Center Overload
“Much of the daily material of our lives is now dematerialized and outsourced to a far-flung, unseen network … But where is ‘there,’ and what does it look like? ‘There’ is nowadays likely to be increasingly large, powerful, energy-intensive, always-on and essentially out-of-sight data centers. These centers run enormously scaled software [...]