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Mapnificent

2 Aug

Mapnificent is a time-based transit travel map created by Stefan Wehrmeyer. The highlighted zone indicates the distance that can be traveled in 15 minutes in transit.

 

This Google Maps Application is a fantastic visual tool, revealing functional service levels of transit. Would be interesting to cross-reference this with other publicly available data such as density or property values.

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Free ride

12 Jul

via Planning Pool

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Best Coast(er)

30 Jun

Bringing new meaning to neighborhood drinking, these coasters by industrial designer Anders Hansen are formed from the street grids of parts of Oslo. I would love one for my neighborhood!

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Steal this remix

22 Jun

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/25380454?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&#8243; width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/25380454″>Everything is a Remix Part 3</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/kirbyferguson”>Kirby Ferguson</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

“If you love it, steal it” was a statement I heard throughout design school. Innovation and creativity are more about repetition and standing on the shoulder of giants than flashes of insight by geniuses.

But ideas are works of bricolage. They are, almost inevitably, networks of other ideas. We take the ideas we’ve inherited or stumbled across, and we jigger them together into some new shape.

– “The Genius of the Tinkerer,” Stephen Johnson in WSJ

Of course, another inspiration for creation is filling a need you have identified.

 

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Pop-up Restaurant

11 Jan

An enterprising restauranteur has turned the impending demolishing of a building into an opportunity. John Fraser is taking advantage of reduced rent to create an unconventional pop-up restaurant. The temporary nature of the project necessitates frugality and creativity so the operation has been stripped down to the essentials and focuses on the purpose of a restaurant – getting food on the table. Some uncommon solutions include having diners reset tables for the next party, a monthly menu and decor overhaul and backing through Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. It will be interesting to see What Happens When.

This convergence of creativity, collective investment and entrepreneurship may be the hallmarks of current economic reality. This model can be applied to other businesses as well. While starting an officeless business is one approach, temporary sites also present unique opportunities, especially to test ideas. As stated by Frank Bruni

Obligatory resourcefulness has given way to revolutionary thoughts.

What Happens When is located at 25 Cleveland Place (Kenmare Street), NYC.

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Practivism

21 Oct

It’s striking that the most innovative activists aren’t necessarily the ones with the most resources, or the best tools…Rather, what often happens is that those best positioned to take action look the other way, and then the initiative is taken by the Scharpfs and Shannons of the world, who are fueled by some combustible mix of indignation and vision.

The challenge is to cultivate an ideology of altruism, to spread a culture of social engagement — and then to figure out what people can do at a practical level.

– Nicholas D. Kristof

via NY Times

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Creative City

30 Sep

What is the role of imagination in city making? What is the role of creativity? Where’s the space for that?

Amanda Gibbs at Pecha Kucha 13