Monocle's podcast about urban issues

Monocle's podcast about urban issues

I always liked Monocle.  I've been following it since it first premiered back home in London 2007.

Its GQ mashed up with the Economist.  The thinking designer's global affairs magazine :)

Imagine my surprise when I found out that they have a podcast all about cities - The Urbanist!  It's now on my Windows Phone and I gave a heads up to the team.  A must-listen!


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AuthorSimon Enever
Enroute to Ecco Design for a morning meeting.  Around 3,300 steps per my Jawbone Up

Enroute to Ecco Design for a morning meeting.  Around 3,300 steps per my Jawbone Up

I've been reading Jeff Speck's Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.  I highly recommend it.

One reason why we moved to the Varick Incubator is not only to be at the center of the action, but also because I always loved exploring NYC on foot - the most walkable city in the US.

To this day, I'm amazed how the urban landscape changes within a few hundred feet as you walk from one NYC neighborhood to another - the upscale shops of Soho, to the amazing restaurants of Little Italy, to the hustle and bustle of Chinatown.

And according to Jeff, it's no accident that the most vibrant centers of innovation in the US are the most walkable cities.  Cities are "serendipity and inspiration" engines - meetups, cultural events, random sightings, diversity central, happy accidents

That's why I've taken to walking a lot more.  Not only is it the main form of exercise I get nowadays, my best inspirations often come to me when I allow my mind to wander as I explore the urban canyons of NYC on foot.


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AuthorJoel Natividad
CategoriesOpinion

During yesterday’s State of the State speech, Governor Cuomo announced that he intends to implement a comprehensive statewide open data portal.

Woohoo!!!  This news brings back memories of us literally jumping up and down in Sami’s basement when we heard the unexpected news of NYC passing its Open Data Law.

But then, we tempered our celebration when we found out that  unlike NYC, there was no law to mandate Open Data statewide.  In our view, its critical that a law be put in place to ensure that this Open Data initiative is sustained beyond gubernatorial election cycles.

Perhaps, Governor Cuomo can push through a law similar to NYC’s Local Law 11 of 2012 and appoint a statewide Open Data Tzar (NYC has one with Andrew Nicklin), who will then have the necessary “sticks and carrots” to push through Open Data initiatives.

Governor Cuomo, assuming he wins reelection, has till 2018 to pass through a statewide Open Data Law.   By then, NYC’s Open Data Portal would be fully operational with all, if not most of the City’s data.

As they say, hope springs eternal.

* Cross-posted from http://www.pediacities.com/2013/01/new-york-state-the-empire-state-of-data/


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AuthorJoel Natividad

It all started with a Happy Accident.

Ontodia was invited to present at the GeoWeb Summit last October. However, Sandy kiboshed the original schedule and the Summit was moved to November 8.

Turnout was a bit sparse as people canceled their travel plans. Still, Miguel and I dutifully made our way to Dumbo Loft to participate.

We got there early and parked ourselves on the second row. We started chatting up some attendees, mostly trading Sandy stories.

My panel was the first one on the schedule. One of the speakers couldn't make it from Boston so it was just me and Andy Hunter from Broadcastr with conference organizer Peter Verkooijen doing a yeoman's job moderating.

After the panel, I took my seat. In the empty seat next to mine before I went up to the talk now seated Eric Chan - founder of Ecco Design.

We started chatting and exchanged cards. A week later, Eric reached out and invited Ontodia to his studio November 20, the week before Thanksgiving break.

It was a meeting of the minds, and Sami, Miguel and I left quite impressed. As we wrapped up the meeting, both parties agreed to stay in touch for a future collaboration.

On Dec 4, ReinventPayphones was announced at NYTM. I was working late that night and as soon as I saw it on my tweetdeck, I sent an email to Eric and his team telling them about the Challenge.

Minutes later, Eric replied confirming that they're also aware of ReinventPayphones and asked if Ontodia is interested in a collaboration. The rest, as they say, is history ;)


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AuthorJoel Natividad
CategoriesBusiness

During the last Reinvent brainstorming session, just before the Holiday Break, the team decided that we'll put up a microsite to showcase our submission.

Per the Reinvent site, up to 15 participants will strut their stuff during Demo Day.  So it'll be a lightning demo at best, lasting just a few minutes.

We've had three design meetings so far and the team has gone through so many great ideas that it'd be a shame not to share what we've come up with.  

We also agreed to start a blog chronicling the Process. Thus, this blog...


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AuthorHarry Lees
CategoriesBusiness