Walter Ryce

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Wiping, burping, cajoling ... how much can you learn from parenting?

Andy Murray credits fatherhood for his Wimbledon victory. Andrea Leadsom claimed being a mother would make her a better PM. But is raising a child really the key to self-improvement? Here five writers explain how it changed them<p>I was feeding someone else’s baby with a spoon the other day, a task I …

Is the 'Smart' city really about freeing up real estate?

There’s an interesting moment in the promotional video for San Francisco’s Smart City challenge (embedded below) which reveals one of the most …

Real Estate

Why even driving through suburbia is soul crushing

I’ve written some in the past about how the predominant suburban design in the US is among the worst features of life here—viewed from the perspective of a European immigrant like me, at any rate.<p>Far from posing a mere logistical or aesthetic problem, it shapes–or perhaps more accurately, it …

Urban Design

Every TED Talk Ever, In One Brutal Parody

<b>WHAT:</b> A video on Thought Leadership that is very clearly and effectively parodying TED Talks.<p><b>WHO:</b> This Is That, a current affairs show from CBC.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> TED Talk parodies have been around nearly as long as TED Talks themselves. The Onion had an entire series devoted to ridiculing the …

TED Talks

Chengdu, China: city of spicy food, leisurely teahouses and … software parks

If you want to experience China's innovation boom, a good place to start would seem to be the Hi-tech Development Zone in Chengdu, a city known for spicy cuisine, riverside tea houses and panda bears. The zone, a 32-square-mile swath of gleaming office buildings on the city's outskirts, is home to …