Adam Greenfield – On Public Objects: Connected Things And Civic Responsibilities In The Networked City.

Adam Greenfield at Cognitive Cities Conference from Cognitive Cities on Vimeo.

Urbanized: A Documentary Film needs funding

Gary Hustwit, Director of Helvetica and Objectified is looking for financial backing for his new film Urbanized.

We’ve already spent over a year and some substantial production costs making Urbanized, with over 100 people involved in the film thus far. We’re knee-deep in the editing process now with Helvetica editor Shelby Siegel, but we still have several more filming trips to make this spring, and then we tackle post-production tasks like sound editing, color correction, and other tech work before completing the film this summer.

Urbanized is a totally independent project: we don’t get government funding or grants. And while we’ve been honored to have PBS and the BBC broadcast our films, they don’t produce them or help us make them, they license broadcast rights to the films after we finish them. So Urbanized is being funded mainly by revenue from my previous two films.

You can pledge money at Kickstarter. Depending on the amount you pledge you will receive a t-shirt, DVD or Box Set of his three films.

Planners: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic

At the symposium for the 2035 Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) perspective plan, an agenda was set for a more holistic development plan, decision makers and planning professionals from Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata urged KMDA to look at the planning process afresh and take a bold approach even if it didn’t fit into the eco-political context of the day. At the end of the daylong deliberation, KMDA chief executive Vivek Bharadwaj was convinced that economy, ecology and governance needed to be embraced for Kolkata to emerge as a metropolis with global aspirations.

Read more: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic: Planners – The Times of India

‘Urban’ doesn’t have to mean more dense: Beyond DC

I just read J. Daniel Malouff  post about  how people can still live in higher density but aren’t getting the benefits of urban living at his blog Beyond DC .  I know this type of community is not just limited to Washington DC or the USA it’s happening all across the world where communities are living in higher density but are lacking the transport and services needed to make urban living actually livable. As Malouff states

….suburban apartments are simply preposterous. If you’re going to be building at that density anyway, then for goodness sake use an urban layout.

Read more at Beyond DC – ‘Urban’ doesn’t have to mean more dense

BMW Activate the Future: New City

BMW has created a 4-part documentary Activate the Future to get users actively involved in the ever-evolving conversation on the future of mobility. The first video is ‘New City‘ which includes Buzz Aldrin, Peder Norby(Mini E Pioneer), Robin Chase (Co-Founder & Former Ceo Of Zipcar & Goloco), Lawrence Burns (Co-Author Of “Reinventing The Automobile”), Professor Wai Cheng (Director Mit Sloan Automotive Laboratory), Graham Hill (Founder Of Treehugger.Com), Marissa Mayer (Vp, Consumer Products At Google), Syd Mead (Visual Futurist), Mike Musto (Editor-In-Chief Of Ridelust.Com) and Richard Mattila (Director Of Environmental Affairs for Genzyme Corporation). A short video (5:57) with short statements about the future of mobility and cities. The video is also interactive allowing viewers to select to hear more from each of the commentators.

The  Activate the Future: THE FUTURE JUST ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE will be released on February 8. With the final parts released on February 15 and 22.

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