Archinect - News 2016-12-09T20:41:09-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149975715/cheezburger-founder-ceo-joins-ycombinator-s-new-cities-project Cheezburger founder/CEO joins YCombinator's 'New Cities' project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-28T13:44:00-04:00 >2016-11-14T04:39:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iz/izyg1eod5epi4zjg.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>YCombinator, the Silicon Vallley start-up accelerator and investment firm behind Airbnb and Dropbox, announced its entrepreneurial reach into city-building <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954668/what-s-the-newest-project-for-silicon-valley-investors-building-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this past summer</a>, with the goal to develop "a city for humans" with reduced housing expenses and a simplified planning code.</p><p>Some SV investor-speak aside, YC's so-called "New Cities Project" doesn't sound particularly controversial to anyone who likes cities and wants them to support better lives. But there is a bit of learned defensiveness in YC's blog post announcing the venture:&nbsp;"We&rsquo;re not interested in building 'crazy libertarian utopias for techies.'"</p><p>Now, they might have a bit more explaining to do. Ben Huh&mdash;founder and CEO of <a href="http://icanhas.cheezburger.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I Can Has Cheezburger?</a>, the meme-generating website that birthed lolcats&mdash;has joined the urban utopian pursuit as an "Explorer", as Huh announced on&nbsp;<a href="https://medium.com/@benhuh/should-i-pursue-my-passion-or-business-76187b6b83fb#.jy9jzryux" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Medium</a>&nbsp;earlier this week:</p><p><em>For the next 6-months, I am joining YCombinator Research&rsquo;s New Cities project as an Explorer. My goal? Create an open, repeatable sy...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954668/what-s-the-newest-project-for-silicon-valley-investors-building-cities What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T11:46:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w6/w6znp25mxx2l0vmt.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Y Combinator, the startup accelerator and investment firm that helped produce Airbnb, Dropbox, and Instacart, is embarking on a creation project arguably more ambitious than any company. "We want to build cities," wrote Y Combinator partner Adora Cheung and President Sam Altman...the project aims to develop ways to reduce housing expenses by 90 percent and to develop a city code of laws simple enough to&nbsp;fit on 100 pages of text. Eventually the plan is to actually produce a prototype city.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"We&rsquo;re not trying to build a utopia for techies," says Cheung, the project&rsquo;s director and the former CEO of failed housecleaning startup Homejoy. "This is a city for humans."</em></p><p>For more news from Silicon Valley, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash; is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138352532/a-city-for-the-future-but-devoid-of-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A city for the future but devoid of people</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146192694/this-decade-of-perks-is-ruining-our-creativity This "Decade of Perks" is ruining our creativity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-20T13:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T23:53:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3a/3ae8d53f9b76ff126d2ef4a74d826f31.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Give employees all the tools they need to innovate, make space for a little fun, then watch the sparks fly. The truth about creativity, however, is considerably less convenient. Discomfort, and even a degree of hardship, are what drive creativity, not bean bag chairs and ping pong tables. [...] if companies want to nurture creative employees, not only content ones, they must include challenges and even a dash of hardship in their bag of perks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related posts from the serendipity machine news desk:</p><ul><li><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Serendipity Machine&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115745518/archinect-s-lexicon-serendipity-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Serendipity Machine"</a></li><li><a title="Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91759585/will-zappos-turn-downtown-las-vegas-into-the-next-silicon-valley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley?</a></li><li><p><a title="Do contemporary office designs upend work/life balance?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135186246/do-contemporary-office-designs-upend-work-life-balance" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do contemporary office designs upend work/life balance?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130972585/could-google-s-sidewalk-labs-help-alleviate-urban-city-problems Could Google's Sidewalk Labs help alleviate urban city problems? Justine Testado 2015-07-03T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T13:07:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0t/0t7jeaj3kktvpdy0.jpg" width="650" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s this inevitable dichotomy between data and real life that will likely define [Google's] Sidewalk Labs...There&rsquo;s a naivety to their worldview that might help to get things done inside a company but could prove a hurdle to progress in the public realm. Yes, the region does need more housing, but the politics of how, where, and when that housing is built are far more nuanced than Google can apparently handle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The cloud of speculation surrounding Google as of late only grows bigger with the tech giant's&nbsp; recent launch of its independent start-up, <a href="http://sidewalkinc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>. Charging further into Google's real-world endeavors, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/technology/sidewalk-labs-a-start-up-created-by-google-has-bold-aims-to-improve-city-living.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"urban innovation company"</a> vies "to improve city life for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems" like curbing energy use, creating more affordable housing, cutting pollution, and streamlining transportation. Could Sidewalk Labs potentially ease the growing pains of real-life urban cities, or is Google just spewing more technocratic rhetoric?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91759585/will-zappos-turn-downtown-las-vegas-into-the-next-silicon-valley Will Zappos turn downtown Las Vegas into the next Silicon Valley? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-21T13:28:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T19:28:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4r/4r64fmgfjjs1x5sy.jpg" width="650" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Late in 2011, [Zappos CEO] Hsieh became even more legendary by announcing almost larkishly that he&rsquo;d be leading a $350 million effort to rejuvenate a blighted stretch of Las Vegas&rsquo; downtown [&hellip;] His plan was to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about a mile north of the neon blitz of the Strip into an entrepreneurial tech nirvana. [...] Doubters have no place in the ecosystem. Pragmatists stand little chance. A love of hyperbole prevails.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/90049524/solving-problems-for-real-world-using-design Solving Problems for Real World, Using Design anthony dong 2013-12-30T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:30:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0f/0f3uqlg629506mm8.jpg" width="600" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the projects had wildly different end products, they both had a similar starting point: focusing on how to ease people&rsquo;s lives. And that is a central lesson at the school, which is pushing students to rethink the boundaries for many industries. At the heart of the school&rsquo;s courses is developing what David Kelley, one of the school&rsquo;s founders, calls an empathy muscle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>