Wanted to share this link http://www.worldometers.info/ It’s an amazing illustration showing the speed and scale of consumption globally. Other than just presenting interesting data- it also puts a price tag on our lifestyle.
Jennifer demonstrates how amusingly and efficiently (local) governments can solve their small practical problems. Most of the people perceive it as anarchy, on the other hand, it’s just a beautiful example how technology can stimulate engagement into local governance, cut the costs & strengthen communities.
A month ago the Grand Palais in Paris was housing exciting exhibition of raised relief maps and huge urban models of towns from the 17th and 19th centuries. The impressive models done for military reasons now represent urban planning, architecture, typology of the fortified towns and give an image of the environment few centuries ago.
The exhibition was very inspiring. You could endlessly explore precise details, little cute houses, relief, trees, materials, learn about the old towns. Size of the models was really amazing! That let me think that in the 17th century just as now the best way to make the impression and express the power is to show how big, successful and powerful your city is. Back then fortifications, newest planning ideas were presented on the models, now the tallest buildings, the smartest architecture, the biggest developments are also shown on the huge models.
Since the 17thcentury till now role of cities did not change: growth and wealth of the city represents power of the whole country. And a huge model is the most astonishing and understandable way to express that power.
“Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in my work. I set course to intersect with a contemporary view of the great ages of man; from stone, to minerals, oil, transportation, silicon, and so on. To make these ideas visible I search for subjects that are rich in detail and scale yet open in their meaning. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis.” (Edward Burtynsky)
Amazing documentary by Rob Schröder (2009).
“The inner city of Johannesburg is one of the most violent areas in the world. The Highrises are empty and squatted by illegal groups of Nigerians, Ethiopians and Congolese. Most NGO’s are too scared to do anything for the people who live there. Ismail Farouk is a social geographer who tries to make a difference. Meanwhile the city is getting ready for the World Cup Soccer in 2010. A masterplan has been created to clear out the area and make it clean, safe and liveable. The film follows this process.”
“When you factor in population growth, it’s clear that the mobility model that we have today simply will not work tomorrow. Four billion clean cars on the road are still four billion cars, and a traffic jam with no emissions is still a traffic jam.” (Bill Ford)