Michael Cannell

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Fast Company

The Post-Big Era: Will Small-Scale Ingenuity Replace Large-Scale Architecture?

The extra-large architectural complex–art museums, libraries, office complexes–built so prolifically over the past decade are commonly described as expressions of civic pride. They might just as easily be called grandiose expressions of runaway prosperity and municipal vanity. Whatever you call them, shrinking government revenue and newly parsimonious corporate donors have combined to bring the curtain down on mega-projects. Welcome to the post-big epoch.

The Post-Big Era: Will Small-Scale Ingenuity Replace Large-Scale Architecture?
Fast Company

Blu Dot Drops Chairs on NYC Streets; Tracks Movements, Cool, but is it Marketing?

At 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, a white van pulled over near the corner of 68th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan. A cameraman armed with a telephoto lens watched from the corner. A video crew snooped from a rooftop. Half a dozen operatives on the street murmured discretely into walkie-talkies, calling each other “Hound Dog,” “Crow’s Nest,” and other code names. Within minutes Andrew Haarsager, an interaction designer with the technology firm Tellart, removed a white steel chair from the van and placed it on the sidewalk.

Blu Dot Drops Chairs on NYC Streets; Tracks Movements, Cool, but is it Marketing?
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