When Tech Culture And Urbanism Collide

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A start would be to remind tech companies of one of their core principles: user-centered design. Understanding city life means living city life. Not just commuting to it or from it and certainly not believing you understand a person\’s situation just because you pass him or her on the street from time to time. The best products are those that begin with a user\’s motivation and needs. They are empathetic applications. To crack the nut of urban-scale opportunity — and there is a lot of it, just look at the \”sharing economy\” successes of Uber, Airbnb, and Zipcar — technology must be built amidst the same forces that create the problems it is trying to solve.

via Gizmodo.

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Rod Garrett, the Urban Planner Behind ‘Burning Man’

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Mr. Garrett died last week at 74, just short of the 25th anniversary of Burning Man’s founding.

But his handiwork will be on display to thousands as the yearly festival begins Monday. Mr. Garrett arranged the grounds, called Black Rock City, in a series of concentric semicircles. At their center is the Man, a giant effigy meant to be immolated on the last night of the weeklong gathering.

Until then the Man is to Black Rock City what the Empire State Building is to Manhattan: a locating device and a reassuring beacon.

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