M-Shaped Strategy weekly 8/31/i4
Uncube Magazine explores what they call "soft machines" – including the biocities of the future and the essential shift from zoning to operational fields as the emergent urban organizational model.
An exploration of "adversarial compatibility" in the Guardian. The concept of "sunk cost" evoked an earlier read about the Diderot effect and how getting new stuff compels consumption of other new stuff.
And the annual Gartner Hype Cycle came out this week. It has the Internet of Things at "the peak of inflated expectations."
I expect that we all sit inside our organizations watching kids make millions in startups and wish we could do the same. Apparently even in irreverent creative organizations, the success of internally-born startups is infinitesimally small.
Here's a great map – a block by block mapping of the energy consumed in NYC.
Professional stone skipping? Watch the trailer.
Hong Kong is a city where a boy, his three sisters, his parents and a boarder all live together in just 360 square feet. Here's an exploration of how designers are trying to make the microdwellings of Hong Kong a little more livable.
Fortune has a nice profile of Regina Dugan who moved from DARPA to head up Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group.
This year's shortlist for the ugliest buildings in the UK has been announced.
Time magazine goes back to Detroit and finds a new investment model for the rest of the country.
Some of the issues in getting better use out of the only 10% peak surface utilization of our highways are explored here.
Somewhat related, how open-sourcing car design could "develop a hardware system that's commonly known as a vehicle five times faster and with 100 times less capital put into it."
In advance of Apple's next big announcement next week, an exploration of the techniques that give them their mastery of the media.
Burning Man goes counter-counter-culture.