Seen in → No.110
- 🧐 An upcoming distributed social network. Bleh? Actually, it’s cofounded by Tom Coates so I’ll be paying close attention and expecting some smart thinking and design. Planetary. “We are committed to: Create a social network with less abuse and harassment by design. Minimize centralized data collection and respect our user’s privacy. Build ways for content creators to be rewarded for their work on their own terms. Be a part of a true public space that isn’t owned or controlled by any one corporation. You owning your identity so you can move to another service if you don’t like ours”
- 🏙 This looks like a fantastic project, I’ll have to read more and keep following: Civic Capital. “Land, buildings, air, water, trees, datas, sewers, roads, collective intelligences, public transport infrastructures, energy distribution systems, public health, close-knit communities and shared visions for the future – all these form the backbone of our cities. They make, hold and grow societies together. We call them *civic assets.”*
- 😍 🧱 LEGO collaborates with NASA on 864-piece international space station set. “[T]he realistic set features a posable canadarm2 and two rotating joints that coincide with eight adjustable solar panels, to replicate the complexity of the real space station that orbits the earth sixteen times a day.”
- 🇳🇱 The History of Amsterdam’s Canal Houses. “At a time when most European states’ wealth was still concentrated in the hands of a tiny landed gentry, that broader Dutch bourgeois clientele created a different template for urban architecture. Master builders sought to display the aspirations and wealth of their occupants, but also to create buildings that functioned as viable quasi-commercial units.”
- 🇧🇪 🇬🇧 How a Belgian port city inspired Birmingham’s car-free ambitions. “The Birmingham transport plan, launched last week, was influenced by Ghent’s zone-centred traffic circulation plan of 2017. This medieval Belgian city – a quarter of the size of Birmingham – demonstrated that it was possible to switch attitudes overnight. Streets were blocked to motorists one Sunday evening and – to the disappointment of the waiting media –there was no wailing, no gnashing of teeth, no gridlock.”
- 🐺 🤯 This is a video of GPS tracking of multiple wolves in six different packs around Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, which shows how much the wolf packs avoid each other’s range.
- History 🧵 by Joshua Benton on a certain movie studio that’s changing it’s name. 141 years ago, on New Year’s Day, a boy was born in Tolcsva, a village connected only a few years earlier to the rest of Hungary by rail. He was the first of what would eventually be 12 born to parents Michael and Hannah. Nine months later, the family set sail for America.1/x