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The DFW area is now at that transition point. They realize that as a city they need to be about more than just growth and money making. They need to have quality and they need to address issues in the system. Much like Burnham Plan era Chicago, this perhaps makes DFW a potentially very exciting place to be. It’s not everyday when you can be part of building a new aspirational future for a city that’s already been a successful boomtown. The locals I talked to were pretty pumped about their city and where it’s going. 

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The DFW area is now at that transition point. They realize that as a city they need to be about more than just growth and money making. They need to have quality and they need to address issues in the system. Much like Burnham Plan era Chicago, this perhaps makes DFW a potentially very exciting place to be. It’s not everyday when you can be part of building a new aspirational future for a city that’s already been a successful boomtown. The locals I talked to were pretty pumped about their city and where it’s going. 

More: The Urbanophile » Blog Archive » Dallas: A City in Transition

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Rats have been enjoying a close relationship with humans for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Humans derive no benefits from having rats around, but rats get all sorts of perks. Most notably: food, shelter and water. Often this has little effect, but in some cases, rats go too far, and their impact on human populations becomes unbearable. These 10 cities are among the most rat-plagued places on the planet, although rodent control efforts are (in most cases) always ongoing to try to keep the tally in check. But first up, let’s visit one place where that’s definitely not the case.

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Surfing in Texas might sound like a paradox. But, as unusual as it sounds, it’s a very real thing as surfer and photographer Kenny Braun shows us with the beautiful collection of images in his photo book Surf Texas.

Braun was born in the Houston area, approximately an hour and a half from any shores, but that didn’t stop him from visiting the beaches every chance he could when he first picked up on surfing in the mid–70’s.

My brothers surfed, so I don’t find this surprising, but I understand (now) why it might be. Cool idea for a book!  

More: Surf Texas: Documenting the Little-Known Subculture of Surfers in the Lone Star State

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Dmitry Morozov … [influenced by] the book Cities and Complexity by Michael Batty …. [has creted] an autonomous, algorithmic city plan generator made through a modified Etch A Sketch.
The device makes generative (and abstract) city maps through Arduino Uno, a stepper motor, and a speed/delay/step length controller. It’s fairly simple, but is an interesting interpretation of Batty’s work, and also makes a favorite childhood toy look like a possessed prop from The Poltergeist.

More: Hacked Etch A Sketch Becomes Generative Map Maker | The Creators Project

Dmitry Morozov … [influenced by] the book Cities and Complexity by Michael Batty …. [has creted] an autonomous, algorithmic city plan generator made through a modified Etch A Sketch.

The device makes generative (and abstract) city maps through Arduino Uno, a stepper motor, and a speed/delay/step length controller. It’s fairly simple, but is an interesting interpretation of Batty’s work, and also makes a favorite childhood toy look like a possessed prop from The Poltergeist.

More: Hacked Etch A Sketch Becomes Generative Map Maker | The Creators Project

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A new design concept from Aprilli Design Studio takes a different approach, using lightweight decks to provide growing space outdoors on the sides of a giant skyscraper. 

This Tree-Shaped Farm-On-A-Skyscraper Could Bring Acres Of Crops Into The City | Co.Exist | ideas impact

A new design concept from Aprilli Design Studio takes a different approach, using lightweight decks to provide growing space outdoors on the sides of a giant skyscraper. 

This Tree-Shaped Farm-On-A-Skyscraper Could Bring Acres Of Crops Into The City | Co.Exist | ideas impact

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Chris Whong … gathered from a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request… for all taxi movements from 2013—a 50 gigabyte treasure trove of never-been-analyzed information. 
[His] new map, called A Day In The Life, follows drivers [ACTUALLY: cabs] one at a time, listing their starting and ending points for each trip, the number of passangers, the fares earned, and other data.
One of 30 randomly selected taxis is temporarily under magnifying glass of your web browser, letting viewers trace the path the taxis might have taken from their logged drop off and pick up points.

It’s actually really interesting to watch the resulting animations — to see where the cabs idled, drove around looking for fares, re-traveled the same geography when they got fares, etc.
More here: Addictive Map Let’s You Spend A Day In The Life Of An NYC Taxi | The Creators Project

Chris Whong … gathered from a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request… for all taxi movements from 2013—a 50 gigabyte treasure trove of never-been-analyzed information.

[His] new map, called A Day In The Life, follows drivers [ACTUALLY: cabs] one at a time, listing their starting and ending points for each trip, the number of passangers, the fares earned, and other data.

One of 30 randomly selected taxis is temporarily under magnifying glass of your web browser, letting viewers trace the path the taxis might have taken from their logged drop off and pick up points.

It’s actually really interesting to watch the resulting animations — to see where the cabs idled, drove around looking for fares, re-traveled the same geography when they got fares, etc.

More here: Addictive Map Let’s You Spend A Day In The Life Of An NYC Taxi | The Creators Project

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Everything’s bigger Waffles in Texas

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Everything’s bigger Waffles in Texas

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During his travels, chef, photographer and writer Jesse Rockwell stumbled across the abandoned and flooded New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, which has now been entirely taken over by hundreds of koi carp and catfish.

(via Photographs Of An Abandoned Mall Overtaken By Fish | HUH.)

During his travels, chef, photographer and writer Jesse Rockwell stumbled across the abandoned and flooded New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, which has now been entirely taken over by hundreds of koi carp and catfish.

(via Photographs Of An Abandoned Mall Overtaken By Fish | HUH.)

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One winning entry in an architecture competition to reimagine the Astrodome proposes a Houston Ark.
The designers behind the entry, HiWorks with Erica Goranson, write an amusing story to go along with the images from a post-apocolyptic perspective 150 years in the future:
“In 2046, when storm waters from the relatively weak Tropical Storm Rick breached the trillion-dollar [Ike Memorial Dike] and surged up the Ship Channel, Houston knew it had only a few years left to prepare … It was not a dramatic surge of a storm that moved the Houston Ark off its moorings. Instead it was the slow and incremental rise of the Gulf.” Eventually the ark floats across what was the state of Florida.

 (via Will the Sea Swallow Houston? | OffCite Blog)

One winning entry in an architecture competition to reimagine the Astrodome proposes a Houston Ark.

The designers behind the entry, HiWorks with Erica Goranson, write an amusing story to go along with the images from a post-apocolyptic perspective 150 years in the future:

“In 2046, when storm waters from the relatively weak Tropical Storm Rick breached the trillion-dollar [Ike Memorial Dike] and surged up the Ship Channel, Houston knew it had only a few years left to prepare … It was not a dramatic surge of a storm that moved the Houston Ark off its moorings. Instead it was the slow and incremental rise of the Gulf.” Eventually the ark floats across what was the state of Florida.

 (via Will the Sea Swallow Houston? | OffCite Blog)

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“Comic Book Cartography is a now-dormant blog devoted to maps, charts, diagrams, and other visual explainers of (mostly) fictional worlds found (mostly) in old comic books.”

(via bookofjoe: Comic Book Cartography)

Comic Book Cartography is a now-dormant blog devoted to maps, charts, diagrams, and other visual explainers of (mostly) fictional worlds found (mostly) in old comic books.”

(via bookofjoe: Comic Book Cartography)

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