It’s been a busy week for us. Our computers are full with drafts and material for the blog, but we have some other projects we need to get done with in the following days. So, it’s a perfect time to share some recent articles from other websites:
- The Atlantic Cities is probably the most successful website dedicated to cities. Few days ago, it relaunched itself as CityLab. They also launched two new tools, the Navigator and CityFixer. Well, we all know that ‘Labs’ are the hottest thing right now, but I hope that the whole makeover is not just a marketing gimmick. The CityFixer actually looks promising.
- An article from the CityLab, when it was still the Atlantic Cities, about how Helsinki became the most successful open-data city in the world. Maybe they should have called it the HelsinkiLab!
- Easy and efficient ways to speed up buses. Cities don’t need to spend tremendous amounts of money on metros, when the solution can be found on the surface.
- I'm not a big fan of science fiction, but here is a piece by the Guardian Cities about building a city in space.
- “I don’t know” are, according to latest Freakonomics podcast, the hardest words in the English language. While all professionals are advised to listen to this episode, city planners must do it. For many years, architects and planners have thought they have the ultimate answer for our cities, resulting with boring, car oriented places. Sometimes it’s just better to say “I don’t know” and ask around.