Category Archives: Four dimensions

Events, past and future.

A little more about #myresearch

#myresearch looks at how planning orgs have used & understand Twitter for public engagement on sustainability issues. Here’s a little more on what that research is looking at, why I chose Twitter, and what I hope to get out of this research.

Will the smarter city be built by love?

Source: ekosystem.org Jack Mason, an IBMer working on the IBM Smarter Cities Tumblr, wrote a couple weeks ago: As an IBMer working on Smarter Cities — and a New Yorker for much of my adult life — I’d like to observe that Adam Greenfield doesn’t know me, my motivations, or those of the thousands of […]

Some thoughts on last night

We watched. We watched on TV. A camera perched somewhere high above the street showed us the scene at the Fanzone on Georgia Street. Wall-to-wall people. We’re glad we’re not there, we murmured. It was game 5 of the Stanley Playoffs, in Vancouver. I was at the Hurricane Grill in Yaletown — the first bar […]

The Crowdsourced City: at SFU City Program, and Open Gov West 2011

Some late reflections on The Crowdsourced City, which describes two things: first, it was an event at SFU Vancouver on May 10th; I then repurposed it as the departure point for an unconference I proposed and led at Open Gov West 2011 in Portland on May 14th. CrowdSourced City: the SFU City Presentation This event […]

Conversations in Boston at APA2011 and beyond

I’ve been back in Vancouver for just about 48 hours now — enough time to get a little distance without being too far away from the conversations I had at this year’s American Planning Association conference. While I often look back and think that the event is really intense and overwhelming — especially since it […]

Disconnect: A toast to the #15 Bus, newly truncated

I live near Cambie Street in Vancouver. Cambie’s taken a bit of a beating for the past while. For 2 years there was a giant trench on the roadway as the Canada Line underground subway was being built using cut and cover methods; many family-owned businesses ceased to be during those fiscally trying times, as […]

StratML: sketching a start for Official Community Plans in XML

This post is a messy summary of where my thinking is at for using StratML for official community plans. Firstly, the StratML standard is largely still being defined (their progress can be messily tracked at XML.gov). Part 1 of the standard is available as a schema and covers 7 core elements of strategic plans, and […]

Bringing Historic Vancouver Maps into the Present and Future

I’m writing this blog post from Vancouver Open Data Hackathon. These are some takeaways from a conversation with Sue Bigelow from the Vancouver Archives. Sue has been interested in the potential applications of Map Rectifier on scans of maps of Vancouver created by the City of Vancouver over the years as part of their work. […]