launch week – easy town websites
Thursday, 27 October 2022
Focus: rethinking towns and cities
09:05 – Berlin time
Today’s focus: Rethinking towns and cities
Today’s motto: I love Berlin, the city. But there is a need to put in a good word for towns — probably a bit more than a word.
It all began with the idea for a single town, Easy Town, for my friend Easy who had lost his ability to speak, eat and walk due to a ruptured aneurysm in his brain (see The origins of the easy town idea).
As the story unfolded around the world and started to include international teams (see The locations of the easy town story), it seemed only fitting to give those teams their own towns, towns with their own focus and while writing the story so many more town ideas came up that ideas for thriving and inspiring towns have a website by now and a publication of the first 77 town ideas is in the making (see also towns and cities in the easy town story).
09:19 – Berlin time
towns and cities
This morning a lot is happening on the towns and cities international website.
- The first single town page go online
- The category rethinking towns opens
- Rethinking — How is it done?
- The first rethinking example: Rethinking facades
- Plus: The heatwave special
A peek at more town ideas
I will add the links whenever an addition is opened.
11:37 – Berlin time
I just prepared some photos for the rethinking posts on the towns and cities website.
First up is the post on rethinking facades. Fair warning: once you start, you will find that there is a lot of potential in rethinking facades and that in many of different respects.
13:54 – Berlin time
Time for a break
16:16 – Berlin time
Writing about facades and structures today, I smiled when I found this leaf on my walk in the park. It seems nature only ever hints at symmetry but never actually goes there. Plus, the surface of the leaf isn’t smooth, it’s full of structures, more obvious ones down to small pattern, you only see when you hold the leaf against the sun. It’s so different from how we build.
See also Rethinking facades
18:16 – Berlin time
In July 2022, I did a little experiment to find out how to keep my flat cool during the heatwaves. The experiment and the results are now online on the towns and cities website.
18:23 – Berlin time
Over the next weeks, 77 town ideas will get their own page on the easy town projects website: towns and cities international.
18:54 – Berlin time