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Final Thoughts: The Joy of Witnessing Engineering’s Evolution

October 13, 2016 - in Column

I consider myself lucky to have begun my career when I did, seeing firsthand so many dramatic changes in engineering. Let’s take a quick look back at how different things were in 1971, when I started, and how the work environment has changed during the 45…

Oversite: How Has Faster, Better, Cheaper Evolved for Infrastructure?

June 5, 2015 - in Column

Product designers are accustomed to the typical innovation pressures of building things faster, better and cheaper. The computing industry, in particular,…

Nokia at 150: From Pulp Mill to the Programmable World

Espoo, Finland, May 12, 2015—Nokia today marked its 150th anniversary with employee celebrations around the world, the perfect way to reflect on the…

Mapping the 2,000-year Evolution of London

May 15, 2014 - in Analysis, Design/Engineering

How did London evolve from its creation as a Roman city in 43AD to the crowded, chaotic megacity we see today? The London Evolution Animation takes a holistic view of what was built in the capital during different historical periods – what has been lost,…

University of Toronto’s City Centre Detail a 60-year Evolution of the City

March 24, 2013 - in Analysis, Planning

Toronto’s land-use maps are important planning tools but they lack detail and are often out-of-date. Municipal planning diagrams don’t provide much detail, and the province doesn’t make its land-use data available to researchers. Zoning and approved…

University of Toronto's City Centre Detail a 60-year Evolution of the City

March 24, 2013 - in Analysis, Planning

Toronto’s land-use maps are important planning tools but they lack detail and are often out-of-date. Municipal planning diagrams don’t provide much detail, and the province doesn’t make its land-use data available to researchers. Zoning and approved…

Analyzing the City as Superorganism

August 17, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

The Binghamton Neighborhood Project (BNP) started with the EvoS program that David Sloan Wilson built on the Binghamton University campus to impart evolutionary thinking to students and scholars from all departments on campus. After an EvoS-induced…