Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Midwest Goes Global

There is a great article in this week’s Economist about Toledo, Ohio. Of course any story about the Midwest catches my eye.  But this story is particularly interesting because it has three of my favorite elements: cities, infrastructure, and globalization. … Continue reading

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Entropy: It’s the Law

I am having some fun thinking about the physics of cities today, hence the cheesy post title. The NPR Cities Project has been trying to capture “the vibrancy of urban life today” and that includes producing a great set of … Continue reading

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Urban Metabolism is Faster than Ever

Cities have a metabolism — an in and out flow of materials and energy. The pace and scale of this metabolism help to determine how sustainable cities are. At least, this is a popular idea among academics. I spent last … Continue reading

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First Post

I have wanted to launch this website for a long time — I’ve had the domain name for over a year. Then in the last eighteen months I finished my PhD, worked a summer stint at UCLA, started a postdoctoral … Continue reading

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