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Can we have higher-density cities that aren’t crowded?

Can we have higher-density cities that aren’t crowded?

MIT urbanist Kent Larson argues that we can.  His recent TED talk outlines his vision for cities with higher density and less crowding:

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Start-Ups Focus on Hardware, Not Apps

Start-Ups Focus on Hardware, Not Apps

The Wall Street Journal reports that the nature of the start-up market is changing, as more entrepreneurs are bringing hardware innovations into the market, in no small part due to (one of our favorite things) 3-D printing: For years, such companies were stigmatized as expensive to fund and operate, given the costs of manufacturing and […]

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Art/Science Collaboration:  the future of R&D

Art/Science Collaboration: the future of R&D

In this video, Allison Carruth of UCLA discusses changes in R&D and its implications for the economy and society.  She argues that the arts are reclaiming their central role as visionary and co-developer of technology.  One example:  in vitro meat:  she describes how scientists, digital media artists and others are exploring the possibility of replacing […]

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Jugaad Innovation:  Are Western Economies Losing their Innovative Edge?

Jugaad Innovation: Are Western Economies Losing their Innovative Edge?

One of the premises of the “new global economy” was that routine, low-value-added processes would be dispersed to the developing world, while high-value R&D and innovation-related activities would stay put.  That model–considered the key to Western prosperity in a globalized economy–may be obsolete, potentially raising risks for the West. According to Jaideep Prabhu, professor at […]

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SEED:  Can High-Quality Design Change the World?

SEED: Can High-Quality Design Change the World?

That is the question being raised by the Design Corp. through its Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) process.  According to the project website, “SEED maintains the belief that design can play a vital role in the most critical issues that face communities and individuals, in crisis and in every day challenges. To accomplish this, the […]

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Seen any really great parking lots lately?

Seen any really great parking lots lately?

That’s the question that led Eran Ben-Joseph, a professor of landscape architecture and urban design at MIT to write his new book Rethinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking, a badly needed reconsideration of the parking lot: “We all use parking lots, and we all kind of hate them,” Ben-Joseph says. “Yet they’re […]

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