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Archive for October, 2007

Reading ease redux

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Exactly one week ago I posted an entry called Writing for magazines: what level of difficulty? It was about achieving that supposedly magical “grade nine” level of writing (*). Well, I’m a recidivist, I guess …back- (or is that “up-“?) sliding to a more-comfortable-for-me number. I finished my December article for FOCUS Magazine, and here’s […]

Toronto gets it — will Victoria?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Take a look at this article from CEOs for Cities: Artscape Helps Broker Triple-Win Deal in Queen West Triangle for the low-down on a fascinating & essential new project in Toronto. What Toronto will do is provide space for artists — precisely the kind of people who provide the “infrastructure” that innovative, creative cities need, […]


Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Via CEOs for Cities, a pointer to an interesting article in Business Week about innovation — Five Common Mistakes in Innovation — that included the paragraph below, which really caught my attention. Anyone who has ever participated in community initiatives, non-profit work, government or school-governance type stuff, knows the drill of endless “brainstorming” and “pilot […]

Urban Land Institute’s Las Vegas conference webcast live

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Not all of the Urban Land Institute‘s annual conference presentations are being webcast, but several key ones are, and furthermore they’re supposed to be archived for later viewing, too. Surf over to this site and follow the links: ULI – the Urban Land Institute | 2007 ULI Fall Meeting I listened to a fantastic presentation […]

Writing for a magazine: what level of difficulty?

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

(see update, bottom of this entry) I’m in the middle of returning to an article for the December issue of FOCUS Magazine, the Victoria monthly for which I’m a regular contributor. My column is called “City Smarts,” and I’m usually limited to 800 words — which is really tough for someone as loquacious as I […]

Using YouTube to recruit for jobs

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Here’s another way that new platforms — in this case YouTube — are affecting more traditional businesses (in this case personnel search firms) and the venues for information they relied on in the past: YouTube – Seeking Project Architect (Midwestern U.S.) It’s a relatively boring, straightforward read of a job description for an architect, the […]

Top 100 Architecture Blogs

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Fantastic reference / resource for all urbanistas & architecture/built environment fans. From the Intro (article link repeats at bottom of entry): If Modernism was the twentieth-century architectural trend that developed a new way of thinking, then Urbanism appears to be the twenty-first century architectural mindset. This trend is breeding urban explorers (urbex), the greening of […]


Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Very fun site — tons to explore, much to hear. I have one invite left… Fairtilizer – Track 3898 – Chungking – Love Is Here To Stay (Kissy Sell Out’s Own Private Idaho)

Tom Friedman gets it

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Scale is neither flat nor in silos. Scale just is. And leaders have more power to scale good and bad effects, which makes a compelling argument for good leadership in sustainability. See Tom Friedman’s op-ed piece in the New York Times: Save the Planet: Vote Smart – New York Times Excerpt: …the greenest thing you […]

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