Earlier this week Christine shared favorite websites that she frequents for ideas about the present, past, and future of cities. Today we introduce a related feature: the weekly links post, in which we will gather the most interesting posts, essays, and videos we’ve been viewing. Click and enjoy.
• Filmmaker Andrew Clancy calls it “a bit rough and ready,” but his A Year in New York is a moving chronicle of the changing rhythms of life in the city. Under five minutes, with a nice soundtrack.
• Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman likes bike lanes and suggests New York has only begun to create an effective network of them. It seems this opinion has created some hard feelings among his readers. Why are bike lanes so controversial?
• “It’s just obvious from reading the early chapters of the book that there could have been no Apple Computer if not for the fact that Jobs was born and raised in Silicon Valley”: Matthew Yglesias on Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography and the economics of place, aka “agglomeration externalities.”
• Do you like small cities? How about one 10 feet high by 28 feet long, with 1,100 tiny cars? Los Angeles–based artist Chris Burden, who has been known to create incredibly intricate scale models of very large structures, has worked four years on Metropolis II.
• Author Ned Beauman in the Guardian has been rereading Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 50 years after its publication. “[P]erhaps the most influential American text about the inner workings and failings of cities,” says the Project for Public Spaces.
• And speaking of public space, how public is it? Paper Tiger Television offers a free and fascinating 28-minute documentary on the historical development and sociopolitical implications of public space, from the Athenian agora to community gardens to the High Line. The Indypendent’s review extends the conversation to include Occupy Wall Street.
• The Wall Street Journal likes Lab | log contributor Jon Cotner’s latest project: Poem Forest, in which participants are invited to tour an old-growth forest at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, pausing at markers along the way to speak fragments selected from 2,500 years of poetry.
• One reason we look at maps is to figure out how long it will take to get us from point A to point B. A recent graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands has created a real-time map app that cuts to the chase.