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Weekend 213.2 (Seat backs and tray tables in their…)

(1) Picnic on the Take-off Strip

(2) “Hello Kitty” Air Jet by EVA Airways

(3) A5/05: Lufthansa and Graphic Design: Visual History of an Airplane

(4) ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition

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Design 1(1) Still tweaking the design!

(2) Pixar Animator Enrico Casarosa On The Inspiring Work Of Hayao Miyazaki

(3) Top 10 Romantic Movies for Geeks

(4) Pod Hotels Coming To An Airport Near You

(5) Page By Page Creative Lamp

Weekend 206.0

Playmobil Advent Wreath 2011 (1) Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373

(2) Fantastic hyperrealistic oil paintings by Steve Mills

(3) Ways to Manage an Image (WSJ)

(3a) The Art and Soul of Disney

(4) Jean Nouvel: The Pritzker-winning French architect checks in on hotels, carousels and burning down the house (WSJ)

(5) Nintendo Introduces Free Airport Hotspots For 3DS Users

(5a) KLM Passengers Can Use Facebook For ‘Meet & Seat’ (Wired)

(6) The Porteur/City bike by Hufnagel Cycles

(7) Birth By Sleep: Sora Stained Glass

It is impossible to go through life without trust: That is to be imprisoned in the worst cell of all, oneself. – Graham Greene

Weekend 193.0 (Planes, Trains and Automobiles)

(1) Window of the World

(2) FIAT Drive In

(3) Ryōmō Line

(3a) East Japan Railway Company

(3b) Iwafune Station

(3c) Tribute to Makoto Shinkai (Part III)

(4) Tony Parsons jets into Heathrow airport as writer-in-residence

(4a) Heathrow writers-in-residence give new meaning to airport novels

(5) The One Airport to Avoid Is… (WSJ)

Weekend 191.0

Westport Train Station(1) Un’Introduzione al Disegno Italiano

(2) China Train Crash Shows Fast Expansion Problems

(3) Spending dispute halts airport construction

(3a) Dulles Metro station should be functional and awe-inspiring

(3b) Airports authority endorses aboveground Dulles rail station

(4) It’s a new day.

More from Aerotropolis…

…or red courtesy phone for Mr. Friedman.

“The aerotropolis and authoritarians go hand in hand. The first is a city built from scratch to chase economies of speed; the second are the only ones to sign off on a mammoth construction project before it’s too late. It’s no accident Kasarda has found early adopters in the Middle East and China, followed close behind by Asian nations with a legacy of military rule—Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand among them.”

“This is why Dubai is so dazzling to Kasarda; China too. It took as long to air the grievances surrounding Heathrow’s Terminal 5 as it did to build Beijing’s epic new one from from raw ground. There was no debate in this instance, nor was there any over a third runway or the second, separate hub planned for the capital—where, no one knows, because the government will simply do what it did at the site of the current one, which was to flatten fifteen villages and resettle ten thousand residents without compensation. Kasarda was awed by the ministry’s rationale: “Democracy sacrifices efficiency.”

Compare and Contrast
The T Word versus BILL COLLINS: This recession isn’t temporary

Why Is the President So Adamant on Raising Taxes?

Weekend 190.0

Absolutely gorgeous summer day in New England!

(1) Bright Colors Struggle to Bloom in South Korea’s Silver-Car Nation (WSJ)

(2) Adventure on the Rails (WSJ Magazine)

(3) Custom Cycling’s Big Wheel (WSJ)

He hired two people to take care of the business side of the shop. ‘The big thing I have learned is to free myself up to do what’s important to me and what I enjoy.’

(3a) My sister basket bike.

(4) Lone surviving tree offers hope to restore destroyed forest in Japan

(5) 10 Psychological States You’ve Never Heard Of

(6) China vs. America: Which Is the Developing Country? (WSJ)

(6a) With “Elites” Like These, Is It Any Wonder We’re Screwed? (ACE)

(6b) The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community, and Everyday Life

(7) Limestone and the Palace of Westminster (WIKI)

The stonework of the building was originally Anston, a sand-coloured magnesian limestone quarried in the village of Anston in South Yorkshire.

Aerotropolis Counter Point

The danger is in the graft…and don’t share this article with Thomas Friedman.

Spain Ghost Airports: Symbols of Boom Turned Bust

But signs abound that Spain has not fully learned the lessons of its profligate spending. Spain recently announced a high-speed rail link to the sparsely populated northwest region of Galicia, a plan many economists see as an extravagance. Bridge and highway projects are plowing forward in the face of criticism that Spain just can’t afford them.

Indeed, it’s an unhealthy mix of politics and business that critics blame for white elephants such as the airport in Ciudad Real, a city of 74,000 people. Spain has a history of pouring public money into dodgy projects to fuel the careers of ambitious politicians and local entrepreneurs.

“We have substituted our obsession with bricks and house building with an obsession for highways, high speed trains and airports, but it’s the same rubbish,” said Fernando Fernandez, a macroeconomics Professor at IE Business School in Madrid.

“It’s like a drug addict trying detox,” he said. “The economy has been growing through construction for the last 10 years and that creates all sorts of bad habits.”

Weekend 188.0

(1) Magnetic Color Cubes® by The Orb Factory

(2) Festival of colors (Design You Trust)

(3) Birth by Sleep (KH 358/2)

(3a) Disney Epic Mickey Digicomics

(4) Television: Pan Am Promo Trailer

(4a) Community without propinquity: Communities without a sense of place formed by professional, familial, and recreation ties, bound by avocation instead of location.

(4b) Kasarda’s Law of Connectivity: Every technology meant to circumvent distances electronically, starting with the telegraph—the original “nervous system of commerce”—will only stoke our desire to transverse it ourselves. For every message we send—whether by phone or e-mail or some handheld fusion of the two—there’s a chance it will lead us to meet face-to-face. Facebook friends drop in to and become real ones; stray tweets on Twitter breed followers, contacts, and business trips. Ergo. trillions of connections yield billions aloft. The more wired we are, the more we fly. Not less. At the current rate, the Internet will render business travel obsolete at about the same time it replaces paper.

Community without propinquity

(5) Tribute to Bob Gurr & Cars 2

(6) Spatial Fix: The shape of cities is determined by how they’re used and how we move around in them (a function of the state of the art in transportation at the time). Cities are fixed in time and place and each fix creates a landscape suited to its era.

Weekend 187.0

London Bus III“But if flight represents freedom, reinvention, and self-renewal—and barring all of that escape—then the terminal itself has evolved into something resembling a destination…They’re amnesiac places with no future and no past, only a continual present offering the same choices—flights, duty-free, and fast food—day after day after day.

The reason we mourn that vanished era so is that the Jet Age was the all-too-brief flowering of our romance with speed. Later, we fell for seamlessness instead, spurning the freedom to go anywhere for the ability to be nowhere all the time. We traded the clouds for the cloud, and we’re living in an instant age.” — John D. Kasarda / Greg Lindsay, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

Related
(1a) Hubs by Douglas Coupland

(2a) Airlines Promise: It Will Get Better (WSJ)

(3a) As You Light It: Jet Lag – Ideas of time, place, and travel within the modern cityscape.

Unrelated
(4) Take A Walk Through Square Enix’s Japan Office

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