The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

by Yule Heibel on December 27, 2009

    “A good sketch is better than a long speech…” — a quote often attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte
    (^ That’s the opening gambit to the article by John Sviokla.)
    In many ways, this is also about patterns, and pattern recognition (which is what Scruton’s article was about, too). The new changes are perhaps more related to how *dynamic* our reality has become. But “…even in a world of information surplus, we can draw upon deep human habits on how to visualize information to make sense of a dynamic reality.”

    tags: harvard_business, john_sviokla, data_visualization

    Barry Schwartz makes a passionate call for “practical wisdom” as an antidote to a society gone mad with bureaucracy. He argues powerfully that rules often fail us, incentives often backfire, and practical, everyday wisdom will help rebuild our world.
    Inspiring ~22min. TED presentation by Barry Schwartz, about planning and incentives, and individual virtue, and practical wisdom. It’s interesting to watch & ponder this video side-by-side with Roger Scruton’s article on architecture and urban planning (also bookmarked today).

    tags: ted_conference, barry_schwartz, wisdom, virtue, ethics, education

  • Roger Scruton at his curmudgeonly best, but I can’t say but that I don’t agree with quite a few of his insights…\n”Architecture clearly illustrates the social, environmental, economic, and aesthetic costs of ignoring beauty. We are being torn out of ourselves by the loud gestures of people who want to seize our attention but give nothing in return.”\nHe includes an interesting parsing of Jane Jacobs’s ideas in this article. Intriguing thoughts around the role of planning the notion of “side constraints.”

    tags: roger_scruton, architecture, beauty, urbanism, cities, jjacobs, urbanplanning

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