Links for February 18, 2017

Dan Hill on the positives and negatives of using data to manage cities

[Shadow transportation networks] fill in the cracks and gaps of the formal transit networks in a broadly similar way to Bridj, yet based on driver knowledge, instinct and small data, if we can call it that, about local culture. The fact they don’t scale doesn’t really matter, and in some senses they are more legible, local and, well, likeable than an Uber, say.

A Startup Is First to Map Cape Town's Informal Bus Network

Nyanga, as it turns out, is a major transit hub where privately operated minibuses ferry daily commuters to the main metropolitan area and the suburbs. The map, which highlights 10 hubs and 137 routes, offers a peek at how vast that minibus network is. And key to illustrating that immensity is including the geography of the city. “Unlike [maps of] underground networks, the geographic relevance of where the route goes is very important, so we included all of the road names and references to the mountains and seas that are very characteristic of Cape Town,” says the map designer Jo Chevalier.

Why Architects Must Rethink Carbon (It's Not the Enemy We Face)

It’s an offset, often somewhere else, often very far away.... If you use 100 units of carbon to make the energy you need, and then you offset it with 100 units of renewable power and call yourself net zero, that would mean you could use 200 units of carbon power and produce 200 units of renewable power, and call yourself net zero, right? As far as the atmosphere is concerned though, you just doubled the amount of carbon. The atmosphere does not see the renewables. It just knows you doubled the carbon. As far as the atmosphere is concerned, you’re worse.

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