A new kind of obesity is now looming with our information, data, and media diet. We have only scratched the surface, but there is already way too much of information available, and it is way too tasty, too cheap, and too rich. Not a single day goes by without yet another service offering us more updates from our increasing number of friends, more ways to be disrupted by incessant notifications on pretty much any platform (witness the growing popularity of smart-watches), more news, more music, more movies, more, better and cheaper mobile devices, and a seemingly total social connectivity. Many of us are likely to pig out like we’re at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
it’s only a matter of time before humanoid robots become just another part of our technological landscape, along with driverless cars and wearable internet access
Instead of planning for some abstract urban whole, planners are going to have to work for all the concrete parts of the city, the different classes, ethnic groups, and races it contains. And the work they do for these people cannot be laying out their future, the people will have no chance to mature unless they do that for themselves, unless they are actually involved in shaping their social lives.
Colin Ward - Anarchy in Action
Ward here takes an anarchist perspective in analysing the role of planning and urban design. Arguing that it should be up to people as a collective to help shape their own social environment.
A creative idea is only worth as much as one can recognize it