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Our blog is a library of resources and ideas found by us or shared with us by our friends and client network. It’s a collection of articles, radio stories, infographics and videos that relate to our work and broaden our thinking: our favorite content from the internet and beyond. Original commentary gives insight into our process and poses questions about the world inside and outside of the studio.


Archive for March, 2010

By Melanie Turner March 24, 2010, Sacramento Business Journal A step toward the Yolo Natural Heritage Program’s goal of preserving an open space and wildlife corridor that spans from the Sierra to the San Francisco Bay. Thanks to our friend Bullet Liongson for passing this news item along. A farmland preservation organization has announced that […]

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All Things Considered, NPR, March 24, 2010 Melissa Block interviews MoMA curator Paola Antonelli Who knew this characteristic shorthand of the digital age dates back to monastic books of the Middle Ages? Listen to this engaging explanation of how “@” evolved from Latin shorthand to digital directive by Senior curator Paola Antonelli. Just think what […]

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What Brand is Your City? Planning Commissioners Journal, March 23, 2010 Our friend Shilpa Sankaran, VP of Business Operations at ZETA Communities, pointed us to this relevant posting on PlannersWeb. While some cities’ efforts to re-brand seem forced or hollow, we think that a thoughtful and honest articulation of place identity can have far reaching […]

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By Bill McKibben, scholar in residence at Middlebury College Orion, March/April, 2009 We came across this little essay about feed-lot beef and climate change in the March/April addition of Orion Magazine. Here’s the dish: “According to a University of Chicago study, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization finds that a half pound of ground beef […]

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MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory is tracking trash! Using some well-placed sensors and tags, you can watch the trajectory of various common items of refuse. You never knew how exciting their afterlife could be, or how long.

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Check out the maps from the Mannahatta Project to find out what New York City looked like (at least from above) before it was New Amsterdam. Our friend Jim Heid from Urban Green sent this our way. I’m waiting for the ‘street view’!

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