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http://www.gsd.harvard.edu/research/publications/hdm/current/29_Duffy.html

An article in Harvard Design Magazine which discusses the future of the office building.   With work becoming more decentralized and networked, is there still really a need for the office building at all, or better put, how will it change?   A study was done at the AA,  comparing two parts of london with approximately the same footprint:  Soho, and Canary Wharf.   Soho is flexible and changing and low-rise,  occupied by multimedia companies, entertainment companies.  Canary Wharf is occupied by financial institutions.   The conclusion is that Canary Wharf is a “dinosaur” whereas Soho, although a much older urban fabric (actually based on the medieval layout of London) represents the future because it is flexible. 

aerial view of soho london

aerial view of soho london

 

canary wharf, london

canary wharf, london

Personally, I love Soho, and despise Canary Wharf, so this article is preaching to the choir in my case.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/magazine/08Zipcar-t.html?ref=magazine

Article in NY Times Sunday Magazine about the ZIPCAR concept.   This company rents cars to members for an hourly rate.  The cars can be reserved and located via web 2.0 technology.    I’ve seen them driving around San Francisco.  The favorite vehicle in the fleet is a Mini Cooper.   I wonder if they have any SMART cars.    If I was still living in NYC I would definitely take advantage of this.  However, at $15/hour its not cheap.  

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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/magazine/08fluno-t.html?ref=magazine

An article in the NY Times magazine about an artist who has created an avator, known a “Filthy Fluno”  in the virtual community SECOND LIFE, and has used this presence to promote his REAL artwork, to the point where he has been able to quit his day job.   This is straight out of the SF novel SNOW CRASH by Neal Stephenson.

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