Auto-autos, Serendipity Apps, and Social Hubs

We often hear that autonomically-controlled vehicles will eliminate parking lots, reduce congestion, make streets safer, and make streets into places we love. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) hopes so too. Yet, this vision also requires new ways of choosing itineraries and new social hub.

Traffic will get worse rather than better if auto-autos roam around empty or if riders just want to nap in solitude. We must change two more things besides transportation: the people we travel with and meet and the physical places we pass through.

TL:DR: If we want self-driving vehicles to work as advertised, we need social hubs and apps to encourage us to share the ride.

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Structured and De-structured Space

Most crafts and ornament are very structured: symmetrical, rhythmic, and so on. Naturalistic design is de-structured. It is not random and unstructured. De-structured space is structured artfully to look like compressed, perfected nature – without being random at all.The following is an excerpt from Structured and De-structured Space (pdf)

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Evolutionary Architecture: 2

The style wars between modernism and traditional design usually get stuck on the false choice between continuity and change, as if tradition just means copying the past, and breaking tradition equals modernity. Neither really captures the algorithm we need to follow in order to build better places: evolution. Evolution begins with the past, copying it. Then it goes much further. 

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Evolutionary Architecture: 1

There used to be a big debate on the beautiful versus the sublime. Forest edges are usually beautiful. They do not usually include things like sheer cliffs or water that goes to the horizon. Those have an "awesome beauty" or “sublime” quality that puts one at least slightly on guard. Our ancestors usually sought out beautiful places and were appropriately on guard around the sublime or awe-inspiring.

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