In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.
"Population statistics are like crystal balls -- when examined closely, they can help predict a country's future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries' pyramids as examples."
The great thing about APHG is that things don't stay the same. First there were the Asian Tigers (S. Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong), then there was the BRIC(S) - (Brazil, Russia, India, & China plus S. Africa), now there is MINT (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria (not Niger) and Turkey) who are begin watched as emerging economic giant. The MINTs seem to have the advantage of a potential "Demographic Dividend"
"More Americans came into contact with maps during World War II than in any previous moment in American history. From the elaborate and innovative inserts in the National Geographic to the schematic and tactical pictures in newspapers, maps were everywhere. On September 1, 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland, and by the end of the day a map of Europe could not be bought anywhere in the United States. In fact, Rand McNally reported selling more maps and atlases of the European theaters in the first two weeks of September than in all the years since the armistice of 1918. Two years later, the attack on Pearl Harbor again sparked a demand for maps."
"In a paper published Thursday in Science, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude that instead of leveling off in the second half of the 21st century, as the UN predicted less than a decade ago, the world's population will continue to grow beyond 2100."
NeoMalthusians will gloat over this. How much population can the earth support? Thank goodness we are thinking human beings and when faced with a challenge, we begin to problem solve. Time to get started!
The former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O'Neill will forever be associated with the term BRIC, which he coined as an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China (now commonly bracketed with South Africa to make BRICS). The term caught on and has been common parlance for a decade now. And [...]
Nancy Watson's insight:
Economic Unit. Semi-periphery countries? BRICS to MINTs.
With its crude weaponry and primitive battlefield medicine, war in the Middle Ages was a very bad time to die. And according to new research, the death of Richard III—the last English king to die in battle—appears to have been particularly brutal, even by the time period’s historically high standards....
Nancy Watson's insight:
Battle deaths have always been brutal, the weapons have chenged, but the end result is the same.
Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.