The extra-large architectural complex–art museums, libraries, office complexes–built so prolifically over the past decade are commonly described as expressions of civic pride. They might just as easily be called grandiose expressions of runaway prosperity and municipal vanity. Whatever you call them, shrinking government revenue and newly parsimonious corporate donors have combined to bring the curtain down on mega-projects. Welcome to the post-big epoch. advertisement advertisement Nothing signals the death of an era more conclusively than academic post-mortems. On Saturday the Cooper Union held an all-day conference, “Arrested Development,” to discuss the dubious fate of mega-projects. Point of debate: Are projects like the Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn and sustainable neighborhoods like the Beddington Zero Energy Development in England (above) beneficial or harmful to surrounding communities? Like many such mega-projects, Atlantic Yards would … [Read more...] about The Post-Big Era: Will Small-Scale Ingenuity Replace Large-Scale Architecture?
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“Dude, have you seen this?” Tim Robbins asks, whipping out his phone. advertisement advertisement I’m seated across from the inveterate actor and activist at a coffee table in the tony midtown hotel where he’s doing press for his latest film, Dark Waters. There’s a shadow of exhausted urgency on his face as he scrolls through his phone for a New York Times article from the day before. Dark Waters, a film about the ongoing legal battle to prevent DuPont Chemicals from poisoning its users. The Times article he mentions is about the Trump administration’s plans to limit the EPA’s scientific research in prescribing public health regulations. While the administration regularly touts the vaguely defined benefits of its “historic deregulation,” the new film drills deep into the deadly truth of what deregulation means for average citizens. “Basically, it’s more profit for some greedy sociopaths that are conveniently … [Read more...] about ‘Dark Waters’ is a crowd-pleasing thriller to make you care about companies poisoning our water
There are countless ways you can spend money on your professional development. From conferences to coaches, you can “invest” until you’re broke. advertisement advertisement So how can you choose smart investments that actually generate returns? I asked several people whose careers I admire about the smartest investments they’ve made. Here are their guidelines for making the most of what you’ve got. 1. Learning new skills is a big win. You don’t just want to sit in a class. You want opportunities to practice new skills in as realistic of conditions as possible. Maureen Sullivan, the president of AOL.com, says that she passed up a higher paying summer job during college in order to teach summer school at her local high school. Forgoing the extra salary was a smart investment, because “being a teacher involved learning how to command a classroom, learning how to be in an environment of people who are just barely younger than you, … [Read more...] about 5 Real Ways To Advance Your Career Without Wasting Money
Everything you thought you knew about the workplace is already outdated. advertisement advertisement Gone are the days when decisions were made from the top down and when all anyone was expected to do was simply “their job.” As a Corporate Anthropologist, I study the cultures of organizations–how they evolve and intersect with what’s happening right now, and how the people in them influence and shape their communities. The talent pool will grow As the use of robotics and automation technology increase, humans will no longer be asked to perform rote tasks. That means the nature of jobs will change. Greater connectivity means we will have greater access to talent literally all over the planet. A new form of labor pool and market where individuals, project teams, or even entrepreneurial companies (that are really just teams of teams) from all over the world will bid on high-value tasks and opportunities. This new dynamic will not only increase the … [Read more...] about 7 Predictions For The Future Of Work
In the 5 in 5 report IBM’s top scientists report on what the world, supported by smart sensing and computing, will look like in five years. Last week, Fast Company previewed the report with the physicist who heads up the research team: Dr. Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow, and Vice President of Innovation. advertisement advertisement In five years, cities will be sentient. More buses will automatically run when there are more people to fill them. And doctors will use your DNA to tailor medical advice and smart computing to diagnose and plan treatment for big diseases like cancer not in months, but in minutes. In five years, physical retail stores will understand your preferences and use augmented reality to bring the web to where shoppers can physically touch it. Sophisticated analytics will allow the classroom (not just the teacher) to track your progress in real time and tailor course work. Digital guardians will protect your accounts and identity, proactively flagging … [Read more...] about Do You Know What Life Will Be Like In 5 Years? IBM’s Top Scientist Does