The Trade, The Dream And The Money

LogoRQSeptember 2013. It’s tempting to begin with a classic from my generation. The times they are a-changin’. And indeed, the times are changing.
In this article I will limit myself to the opportunities those changes can bring to our line of work – academic publishing.
Some of the main subjects of discussion within the trade form the basis of the idea behind Rozenberg Quarterly.

Rozenberg Quarterly (from now on: RQ) is based on the free distribution of academic texts, the open access culture.

Besides academic texts, which strive to tell the readers something about our world, the RQ offers (investigative) journalism and cultural subjects in order to further illustrate the fact that science and academics are not separate from the world in which we live.

The RQ went online in 2011. Initially the website was set up as a marketing tool for Rozenberg Publishers and others. However, we soon realized we could turn it into a “real” magazine, something I always wanted – publish a newspaper. Read more

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Landau, L. B. & Gindrey V. ~ Migration And Population Trends: Gauteng Province 1996-2055

Home to Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng is the centre of South Africa’s trade and transport networks. Responsible for close to 10% of the sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP, it attacks business and people from around the continent and further beyond. As a primary node on the air and road transport networks, the majority of immigrants to South Africa arrive in or pass through Gauteng Province.

This short paper summarises a variety of trends and concerns related to migration and other forms of human mobility in Gauteng Province. For present purposes, this includes most forms of international and domestic into, through, and out of the Province. (This report explicitly excludes movements associated with short-term tourism.) Although less politically visible than cross-border flows, this study finds that domestic migration (urbanisation and migration within the Province) has been and will continue to be the most significant and challenging form of mobility affecting Gauteng’s development trajectory. Given its brevity, this report is highlights only a limited number of migration’s real and potential impacts.

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BBC Documentary – Slums of India

An amazing documentary on the reality of the slums of India. BBC documentary.

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ASU Students Get Ready To Compete In Solar Decathlon

asu news. Students design, build solar-powered home for Southwest desert environment

A collaborative team of Arizona State University and University of New Mexico (UNM) students is set to participate in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The international competition challenges student teams from institutions of higher education to design, construct and operate solar-powered houses that are functional, energy-efficient and attractive.

The team, called ASUNM, is one of only 20 from across the globe selected to compete in the biennial event, which takes place Oct. 3-13, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.

The team’s project, named SHADE – Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium – is an adaptable 800-square-feet living space powered by solar panels and designed for an older, active couple.

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TEDCity2.0 (English)

TEDCity2.0 is a daylong event to surface stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, featuring an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners. Coinciding with the TEDCity2.0 anchor event, TEDx communities worldwide will envision the cities of our future and share big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions.

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Urbanization In India 2003 – 2013

This video is an attempt to showcase the fast pace of urbanization in India in the past ten years (2003 – 2013). I have created the video using historical imagery from Google Earth. The selected location is at the outskirts of Mumbai on the Mumbai-Nasik highway. This region has seen the fastest and most intense development in the last ten years, mostly high-rise residential towers.
Rapid and unchecked development has also resulted in massive destruction of forest cover, mangroves and conversion of fertile agricultural land to build-able land. You can clearly see the drastic change between the years 2009 and 2011, when the residential development market peaked before the slowdown.
This stretch of highway between Mumbai and Nasik is undergoing massive urbanization with well-known developers on the scene now. The next phase of urban development is already taking place on these fringes and reminds me of the phenomenon of “Edge Cities” put forth by Joel Garreau.

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