Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), possibly the first scientist who devised a wireless world, looked at Science as a common service, a way to improve the lot of mankind, not just a means for enhancing wealth (less than ever, the wealth of the few), or to bend to compulsions of market economy. Geomatics and Geoinformation can give very important contributions to many human activities; on the contrary, they can terribly support, in very sophisticated ways, the escalation of armies, wars and destruction, producing negative effects, both in high intensity and large extension.
Much time is spent this time of year looking forward. V1 editors Jeff Thurston and Matt Ball spent some time reflecting on emerging stories and growing trends to come up with the following predictions for 2011. On the list are technology advancements, policy initiatives and the continued evolution of model-based design. Read the full list and please add your own observations in the comments.
This past year saw considerable traffic increases at our Vector1 Media Blogs (Vector One and Spatial Sustain). A broad number of topics drew reader attention, with quite a few of these topics reaching viral proportion as spatial topics resonated with news of the day. Following is a listing of the top posts from both blogs, with links that take you to the full stories.
The city of Genoa, Italy, established the Urban Lab in 2007 to create a sustainable development plan for the Mediterranean port city. Designed by 1998 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Renzo Piano, the lab convenes a monthly roundtable called the Table of Ideas to tap the expertise of top design and urban planning professionals from around the world. These collaborative sessions have yielded new urban planning guidelines for large-scale infrastructure projects, urban development, and small-scale revitalization projects.