Efficiency

Efficiency

You can't adapt without surplus. Surplus DNA. Surplus farmland. Surplus building space. Surplus building materials. If you have no surplus, you have nothing with which to work, and so you have no adaptability.

There have been plenty of efficient creatures in the history of this planet—most of the extinct ones. They were not adaptable to change.

The Density Question

The Density Question

What combination of increase in private investment and downsizing of public investment will give my city a private to public investment ratio of 30:1?

A Classic American Monument

A Classic American Monument

If you can create a business that provides citizens what they want – the ability to quickly and easily acquire a lot of stuff – the combined power of massive centralized government and populist appeal will be mobilized to subsidize your operation, punish your competitors through regulation and taxation and build the infrastructure needed to make you wealthy.

Density: A Short Film

Density: A Short Film

Yesterday was a big day for me. I didn't need to wear mitts for the first time since November, which means I can operate my camera outside for longer than 10 minutes. I will be celebrating by riding the bus out to a strange and depressing landscape of density-gone-wrong. This will be the setting for a video about density and by extension, silly apartment locations. It's an important topic, and I would love your help making an excellent script. What do you say?

Municipal Violations

Municipal Violations

As our cities go further and further into insolvency, getting cash from fines is going to become more -- not less -- prevalent.