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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tuesday Links is a Fast Company

Most of today's links come from Fast Company's yearly round-up from last week, so if you want to check it out yourself, here's the link.

+7 Young Entrepreneurs who are changing the world.

+50 Ideas to Make Better Cities.

+Detroit is Turning into a Giant Urban Farm.

+Here's a couple of articles positing whether the future of transportation will be tiny, electric vehicles. Will it be a glorified bike? Or maybe an electric car? Honestly, the future of transportation is likely to be walking places, but if I had to put my money on something I'd go with the solar-powered bike.

+GASP! You can make cities safer and more pleasant by eliminating cars?

+The greenest office building in the world. I only wish all the designs for these green buildings weren't postmodern monstrosities. Where are the neoclassical green buildings?

+This has been hashed and rehashed a million times, but why are we working so much? Weren't we supposed to have robots doing everything and be living lives of leisure by now?

+I know that the sharing economy looks a lot like Communism, but...well...actually it is Communism. But as Graeber points out in Debt: The First 5000 Years, at our most basic level, humans prefer socialist relationships than capitalist ones. Should the Sharing Economy become the Sharing Society?

+I love this idea so much! A light source that uses gravity for power.

+This will definitely help. IKEA to start selling cheap solar panels.

+No no no no no no no! Is this what urban buildings will look like in the future?

+"The physical pressure that human activities put on the environment can't possibly be sustained," said Stanford University ecologist Gretchen Daily, who is at the forefront of efforts across the world to incorporate "natural capital," the value of such things as water, topsoil and genetic diversity that nature provides, into economic decision making. Efforts to curb the growth that's killing the planet.

+Home is a movie about the coming climate crisis that's been making the rounds.

+Vancouver-based urbanist Brent Toderian writes about some of the benefits of dense citymaking.