Urban Studies Books by Richard Florida

I just started reading two books by Richard Florida, an urban studies theorist focusing on social and economic changes within urban areas.

His proclamation of an elite creative class in his 2002 title “The Rise of the Creative Class” might be a controversial one, but Richard Florida is willing to discuss many of the issues people are having with his theory. For anyone interested, there also is a book called “Weird City” discussing Florida’s influence on urban planning.

I am currently reading the revisited edition of Florida’s book, published in 2012.


Another more recent book is “Who’s Your City?”, where Florida elaborates on locational preferences of people and companies in urban settings.

It is more of a guidance book for making the decision on where to live but it still is worth reading and provides compelling insight in the importance of the “place to be”.


Haunting Photographs Of San Francisco’s Underground Tunnels

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Almost every major city has a network of underground tunnels used for official city purposes, or as a staging ground for an upcoming zombie invasion, depending on who you ask.

Photographer Evan Thompson ventured below the city streets of San Francisco and captured these haunting images of its rarely seen tunnels.

Haunting Photographs Of San Francisco’s Underground Tunnels

via This Isn’t Happiness

City Layouts

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2015 | City Layouts | Design by Luis Dilger

Topography, architecture and traffic routes give every city a unique structure.
These conditions create the typical and individual inner structure of a city.
I didn’t only want to show these structures in the conventional way from above, but also including the exact three-dimensionality of topography and buildings – a real world visualisation.
The OpenStreetMap data enabled me to visualize the satellite-based information using DEM Earth in Cinema 4D. The results are some extraordinary views of large capitals and small towns.

Eric Fischer’s visual representation of pictures taken in San Francisco by tourists and locals

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A visual representation of where pictures are taken in San Francisco as tourists and locals.

Source: Eric Fischer (flickr)

Looks nice, doesn’t it? Data artist Eric Fischer also build a worldwide map of local allegiances with MapBox and Twitter.

Some of his visualisations are exhibited at the MoMa, utilising the Flickr and Picasa API (like the image of San Francisco above), showing locals and tourists in metropolitan areas around the world. Berlin is among them as well.

Airbnb vs. Berlin? Was sagen die Daten?

Airbnb vs. Berlin? Was sagen die Daten?

Where have you cried in San Francisco?

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San-FranciscoWhen you tell your story to others you provide also the wisdom of your life to our human community. This digital storytelling collection by IDEO team member Ann-Marie Alcantaratakes place in San Francisco/ Bay Area. “Where have you cried in San Francisco?”.

Actually, real deep.

PS: The last story will kill you.

(1m notes = megadeath)

Gas Station Brandshof – A Vintage Car Gas Station in Hamburg


I especially recommend the Grosstankstelle Brandshof (Billhorner Röhrendamm 4, 20539 Hamburg), a vintage car gas station from 1953, operated true to the era since 2010 with an appendant café, the Erfrischungsraum.

The café tries to be authentic to the 1950s, from the waiter’s clothes to the dishes and offerings. The Kalte Schnauze is of particular awesomeness. So try it out and join them on facebook if you like.