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Edward Skidelsky: How To Live A Good Life?

Robert and Edward Skidelsky

The British economic philosopher Edward Skidelsky is one of the authors of the international bestseller How Much Is Enough? — Money and the Good Life (2012), which he wrote together with his father Robert Skidelsky. Skidelsky is currently working on a new book, The Language of the Virtues, which will be published by Princeton University Press. On Thursday 20 February, architecture and urbanism institute Stroom in The Hague will host a lecture by Edward Skidelsky in which he will focus on two main questions: what do we really need as humans? And how do governments create conditions for a ‘Good Life’?

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  • Turn Your TV Into A Gallery With Teletext Art

    'CityX1' by Max Capacity

    Teletext has stuck to its confined format for 40 years now, ruthlessly blocking any signs of change out, turning this medium into a nearly unused, antiquated matter.  For this reason, although there has always been a number of talented artists, teletext art has never gained real momentum. The International Teletext Art Festival ITAF 2013 that could be happening now on everybody’s television screen attempts to change this and to take teletext art to the masses by showing viewers the possibilities that this limited medium has to offer.

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    Is Amsterdam Turning Into A Museum?

    'De Gouden Bocht in de Herengracht in Amsterdam vanuit het oosten', Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde, 1671-1672

    Recently I came across reviews of two apps: the ‘Amsterdam 1850-1940’ app, which contains information and imagery of over 3500 buildings in Amsterdam built in the heyday of Amsterdam history, and the app called ‘History2go’, which literally claims to “change historical city centers into open-air museums”. Reading the articles and taking a look at the apps in question lead me to rethink the so-called ‘museumification’ of the city of Amsterdam.

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  • Japanese City Installs Smartphone Stands For ‘Kodak Moments’

    Smartphone stand

    Recently, the Japanese city of Fujisawa installed camera stands for mobile phones at scenic spots that are popular to share with friends at home. Created by Sunpole, the stand has a slot to place any type of smartphone in. The stand can be rotated 360 degrees and is positioned at just the right height and distance to include everyone in the frame to allow for a perfect ‘Kodak moment’.

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    Independent Zines Kiosk Pops Up In The New York Subway

    The Newsstand

    Metro stations are good places for retail, as thousands of commuters pass by every day. Ordinary news stands, food courts and clothing shops often fill the spaces deep down in these metropolitan transfer hubs. However, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (where else?) it’s a little different — an independent zines kiosk has taken over a news stand at the Metropolitan Avenue station for one month.

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