Category Archives: Technology

Counting Machines

Awkward as Planned: short-term pain for long-term Olympic Legacy?

Richard Layman linked to a recent post to a PriceWaterhouseCooper report on how Olympic or other mega-event legacy infrastructure can accelerate development by up to 30 years. He comments on how good planning is a big part of leveraging these opportunities into longer-term wins for the communities: Much of the time, events or projects for […]

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 […]

APA Conference 2011: Internships and Open Government

I’m nearing the end of my layover in Chicago in the last leg of my journey to Boston. It’s been a strenuous 24 hours or so, crossing timezones and working on assignments, but I know this will all be worth it as, in but a few hours, I will be attending PlanningTech@DUSP, and in the […]

Upcoming Unconferences: Greenest City Camp, Transportation Camps, and Planning Technology Conference

Three unconferences coming up: Transportation Camps in New York and San Francisco, Greenest City Camp in Vancouver, and in April, Planning Technology Conference in Boston.

Using the Kindle for Grad School

I looked at the stack of PDFs for readings for my Transportation Analysis class and my schedule travelling between 3 campuses 5 days a week, and cringed, hard. I already hate the idea of printing mountains of readings off, and also don’t read well off backlit screens. So I bought a Kindle, and, as I detail in the rest of this post, I’ve found reading off it, and working to get stuff on it, to be an absolute joy.

Visual Analytics: Thoughts at Week 3 and Links

I’m a few weeks into my class on Visually Enabled Reasoning, and it’s a deeply interesting class so far. We are starting with some lectures and readings on human cognition, reasoning, decision-making and mental modelling. Taken with the topics we covered in my Decision Insights for Public Policy, I’m really inspired by the idea that […]