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Assorted links from around the traps:
- New architecture in The Netherlands. The world’s tallest wooden building (34 storeys) proposed for Sweden, as well as proposals for two new skyscrapers. Looks like someone really, really likes Habitat ‘67.
- When does a ‘nudge’ become a ‘crash tackle’? This street in Shenzhen has 150 rubbish bins “to promote civility” even though it’s only 200 metres long.
- If you’re stuck in traffic, maths can get you on your way. Mathematics holds the key to solving our transport woes. Makes sense – the rise in traffic congestion correlates with the rise in demand for liberal arts degrees.
- Who killed equality? Ezra Klein: “There are two main schools of thought on income inequality: The fatalists, who contend that rising inequality is the ineluctable result of a changing economy, and the redistributionists, who blame a skewed tax system and lethargic government. Perhaps it’s time to consider a third.”
- Do bicycle helmets stop us from being knocked senseless? “They do an outstanding job of keeping our skulls intact in a major crash. But they do almost nothing to prevent concussions and other significant brain injuries…the time has come to demand something safer.” This is long (keep scrolling down) but interesting throughout.
- Randomise me. How to set up and run a Random Control Trial.
- The world’s population mapped by longitude and latitude.
- Priced out of Paris. Our great, global cities are turning into vast gated citadels where the elite reproduces itself.
- The declining demand for husbands. Once upon a time women seemed more eager than men to marry. Today such generalizations no longer apply.
- How multi-modal are public transport journeys to work in Australian cities? Less than 20% in most cities.
- A trio of starchitects: the men behind Germany’s building debacles.
- Welcome to exurbia. “We might be seeing the production of exurbia, a new kind of hermaphroditic place, neither rural nor urban, where the distant sun of the old metropolis exerts only a faint gravity.”
- Playing with toy (real) cars.
- Bent Flyvbjerg on how planners deal with uncomfortable knowledge: The dubious ethics of the American planning association.
- Can a city be successful without transit? On the other hand, new commuter rail lines are multiplying in the US, but where are the passengers?
- Not surprisingly, the ‘good old days’ weren’t really all that good once you take off the rose coloured glasses.
- The definition of Baby Boomer covers a period that’s just too damn long.
- The geography of Taksim Square plus a drone’s-eye view. And three things you didn’t know about sustainable transport in Iran.
- Can we still build real architecture? Two new Manhattan buildings say “yes”.
- Is Vauxhall in the UK copying the Highline?
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