THE WEEK’S BEST: Design, architecture, and technology – August 24, 2018

What I wrote last week:

Nothing, I’m worthless.

What I shot last week:

Design, architecture, and technology digest:

Architecture and Design: Cities

Watching a real urban planner play SimCity is incredibly satisfying — FastCompany

He’s able to put his background to use. Little did I know that by arranging roads on a 4 x 4 grid versus a 6 x 6 grid–in other words, allowing four buildings on each block rather than six–you can radically change the taxable density of a city. As he explains, this slight shift in the grid changes the land-to-road ratio from 36% to 27%.

“It’s not an enormous difference, but in SimCity as in real life, roads require maintenance,” Amos explains. “You want to minimize roads and maximize land value.” This logic is exactly why pedestrian-first communities make so much sense, beyond obvious quality-of-life benefits for citizens.

The Bipartisan Cry of ‘Not in My Backyard’ — New York Times/The Upshot

Mr. Carson framed the idea in traditionally conservative terms: the logic of rolling back regulation. But conservative communities and Republican voters are among those who’ve pushed to tightly regulate development. Democrats have done the same. Nimbyism knows no party limits.

Architecture and Design: Style x Technology

Posting Instagram Sponsored Content Is the New Summer Job — The Atlantic

Others say that their work with brands has taught them a range of new skills, including photo editing, sales, marketing, budgeting, navigating workflows, and juggling inbound and outbound requests. The Instagram hustle prompted Leigh, a 14-year-old in Virginia who just finished eighth grade, to download Gmail onto her phone for the first time and spend hours cold-approaching businesses for brand deals.

“Some teens don’t know they have this potential, and they don’t know they could be making a profit off this,” she says, adding that she finally understands why her parents, who are both entrepreneurs, are “always going over emails.”

NYC Library Takes Novel Approach, Posting Books to Instagram — Wall Street Journal

The technology works in such a way that when readers are on the Instagram app, they hold the page of a book by resting their thumb on the screen, library officials said. They turn the page by lifting their thumb.

The experience is “unmistakably like reading a paperback novel,” Corinna Falusi, Mother in New York’s partner and chief creative officer, said in a statement.

All the ways in Which Instagram has changed our lives — Quartz

It was changing how we perceive the world, and even started shaping it. Today, you can find reams of articles that describe how it has transformed just about everything—from the obvious (like photography), to the very specific (eating rhubarb).

Is the Art Market Ready to Embrace Work Made by Artificial Intelligence? Christie’s Will Test the Waters This Fall — Artnet

The resulting work, titled Portrait of Edmond de Belamy, depicts a man in a dark coat and white collar with indecipherable facial features that reside somewhere in the uncanny valley. The unique piece, a gold-framed canvas print that is currently on view in Christie’s London showroom, is estimated at $7,000-10,000. The collective says it will use the proceeds from the sale to further train its algorithm, finance the computational power needed to make such works, and experiment with 3D modeling.

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