News & Politics

Starchitecture vs. locatecture

In a provocative New York Times’ article, Witold Rybczynski offers a startling thought: What if all the globe-trotting architects plying their trade from Shanghai to San Francisco just stayed home? Rybczynski’s thesis, which I heartily agree with, is that architecture is - or should be - radically place-based. That is, a…  [more]

Cease-fires and the fog of war

Cease-fires are cheap these days and by their nature they’ve always been a tenuous thing. Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary General, is repeating calls for a respected cease-fire in Gaza. After the shoot-down of MH17, cease-fire conditions in eastern Ukraine remain tenuous. Last week’s cease-fire in the Central African Republic has broken…  [more]

The missional opportunity of Obama’s LGBT executive order

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order amending a 1965 mandate that prohibited discrimination in the hiring of federal employees based on their “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.” Obama’s new order now includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as federally protected categories as well. During a…  [more]

Through an algorithm, darkly?

Two recent news stories – about the “right to be forgotten” by Google and Facebook’s surreptitious newsfeed study - have me thinking about what technology enables us to know about each other. In May, the European Union affirmed a “right to be forgotten,” under which people are asking for news…  [more]

Burnt offerings and incinerated ivory

Hong Kong is in the midst of incinerating 29.6 tons of confiscated ivory, a process that could take a year or more, according to National Geographic. The move is part of a global attitude shift toward the killing of animals for their tusks and also, it seems, a striking parallel…  [more]

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