Monday, November 2, 2009

Monday Linkages

Had to make more out of Ourrossoff singling Dallas out again, so now on to the regularly scheduled links o' the day:

If 'greening' up buildings was a cultural leftover of the dying economy like extra gadgets in a kitchen or add-on features of a new car, what will be the cultural expression of the next economy (if we ever get there)?

Planetizen asks if the current crop of architects can adapt to changing needs.

I would add that I believe the younger, more aware, and less self-serving generation of architects get it inherently.
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A related discussion of form in time and space but with computers and their subsequent developmental ecologies.
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The indispensable Tod Litman on a sensible transportation policy. If you need to save time, just check out the graphs illustrating traffic fatality rates per capita and per VMT. It's quite literally a failure of elected officials and public agencies to subject a populace to such hazards. Corruption via DOT, isn't it great!
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Interesting and timely article on amateurs rivaling professionals these days. I am of the opinion that it isn't so much amateurs stepping up (although there is certainly evidence of that to some extent), but also the watering down of professional standards. I associate the former with lack of educational opportunities for talented but perhaps underprivileged, or even disenchanted by the state of the American educational system. The latter is most certainly a biproduct of "credentialism" as Jane Jacobs points out in Dark Age Ahead. Think about this, how many architects strive for the letters LEED AP behind their name but don't know Herman Daly from a tack-on doodad for more greenwashing?
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With the potential complete collapse of California as a failed state, Governing.com asks, "Are States irrelevant and would Metros better and more appropriate governing bodies?" Think about it, what relationship does Dallas have to San Antonio moreso than OKC? Ok, other than state law.
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On a related note, Mayor Villaraigosa of LA is still bullish on his transit plans. Good on'ya.

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Tales of the Depression - Oh, Brother Were Art Thou proves right again, as "hard times do flush the chumps." Florida sees spike in God, Booze.