M-Shaped Strategy Weekly

Some links of interest

Photograph by Christopher Leaman from Phillymag.com

“Dick wanted to create a brand,” Ziel told me. “And he said, ‘Dave, learn food.’ So Dave learned food.” This is a rather interesting tour of the places and spaces that contain the secrets of Urban Outfitters, its innovations, and its relationship with Philadelphia.

Pink Zoning Detroit” is an initiative toward rewriting zoning in the city, rules that now restrict rather than support the redevelopment and restoration of the city. Three multidisciplinary teams will test visions for improvement in three separate commercial districts and then compare the desired outcomes against the city’s current zoning to uncover impediments to desired change.

This looks interesting — the purpose-driven ecosystem, and a model for developing a value-exchange business capable of competing against the giants.

Imagine owning all of Malibu. And here’s the first Malibu beach house.

I think the round washing machine is pretty amazing. But you might like that coffee maker, or the suspended fireplace, or even that outrageous refrigerator with the portholes.

GE, a great hardware company, now want to be a “top 10 software company” by 2020, but Silicon Valley is skeptical.

“Communication within filter bubbles is mostly in-group signaling. Between filter bubbles it’s mostly derping. Real cultural communication happens during flame wars” — among the always great tweetstorm-style lectures from Venkat Rao and Breaking Smart.

“We are a long way from creating virtual human beings,” says Om Malik in this New Yorker piece on the hope and hype in AI. Too bad.

Land use zoning in Japan is regulated by the national government and not by cities as in the US. The development and application of best practices means that Japan has only twelve zoning districts while the US may have hundreds.

Dyson is now moving beyond things that blow or suck, and on to energy storage — batteries — in a big way.

“There is often a barrier to entry when it comes to talking about Detroit. No matter how empathetically one approaches the subject, there is the distinct possibility of being accused of insensitivity. Detroit has been through, and continues to go through, some of the most difficult urban issues in the country. And, naturally, many Detroiters are downright tired of outsiders coming in and proposing “solutions” to the city’s ills. So when it was announced that the United States Pavilion for the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale would focus on the city, it was not surprising that some would take issue.” here

“It knows where you live. It knows what car you drive. It knows who you’re meeting with today and how much sugar you take in your coffee. (At least it will, after the next software update.) This is the Edge, and it’s quite possibly the smartest office space ever constructed.” here And sensor networks define that edge. here

Otherwise, designing for happiness seems to be a current focus. here and here

But here’s a peek into the next generation of design for those staid lawyers.

This is quite interesting, but logical. Urban planning defines urban culture, but also gives rise to a billion dollar music movement.

We probably haven’t fully perceived it, yet, but there is this very amazing change emerging in how we get around, and this is only part of the huge change already in motion.

And there were a bunch more interesting things this week, over here.

All the best,

MEREDITH Strategy + Design

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