Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, even if you dialed it down this year. I just finished Jonathan Crary’s excellent book 24/7, which is ostensi…
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One silver lining of 2020 has been the momentary reallocation of street space away from cars and toward purposes like outdoor dining and pedestrian act…
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My favorite Borges story—which is really just an extended thought experiment, like so many of his stories are—is “The Library of Babel,” which simply d…
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The permanent changes in the urban environment that will result from the pandemic are a matter of endless speculation and an opportunity to better unde…
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A company called Culdesac is currently developing a car-free residential enclave in Tempe, Arizona (just outside of Phoenix) that will partially open s…
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“Money sloshing around” became one of my favorite euphemisms over the past several years, describing economic conditions in which a surplus of wealth c…
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Earlier this year, Rob Horning wrote an essay about the Uncut Gems meme that depicts Eric Bogosian trapped in the jewelry store’s glass vestibule, wear…
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Back in late March, my friends at Other Internet asked me to contribute some predictions about the world that would emerge from the pandemic. It had on…
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Marshall McLuhan’s definition of media was so broad it seemed to include everything, from electric light to money to transportation and housing. In the…
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A quick reminder that I’m now sending out mid-week essays focused on urbanism and the future of cities (in addition to the Friday newsletter). This wee…
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As software matures, it creates an ever-growing tension in the built environment by sharpening the contrast between the two domains. Computers get smal…
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One interesting aspect of the pandemic internet is all the content that has stopped appearing anywhere. Max Read writes, “Instagram, cut off from a ste…
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