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10 FEBRUARY 2012

YikeBike: super light folding electric bike

"YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini–farthing concept, created up by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers."

(YikeBike Ltd)

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Aotearoa New Zealandapplied researchbicyclebikeChristchurchdesign innovationdesign solution • electric • electric bicycle • electric motorcycle • entrepreneurshipergonomic designfolding • folding bicycle • folding electric bike • industrial designinnovationinventionkiwi ingenuitylight weightproduct designprotoduction • small • smart technology • solutionSouth IslandtechnologytransportUniversity of Canterburyusability • YikeBike • YikeBike Ltd

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Simon Perkins
14 NOVEMBER 2009

UK National Statistics Publication Hub

"The Publication Hub remains the first port of call for all those seeking the latest statistics from government departments in the UK. It is the central website for hosting all first releases of National Statistics.

The term 'National Statistics' is an accreditation kitemark which stands for a range of qualities such as relevance, integrity, quality, accessibility, value for money and freedom from political influence. Data classed as National Statistics provide an up–to–date, comprehensive and meaningful description of the UK's economy and society.

The Publication Hub delivers updates and provides statistical news releases for all new National Statistics. You can access these when they are available directly from this website or by subscribing to the RSS news feed.

The Publication Hub also provides links to statistical products and publications that are not classed as National Statistics. It is the only website where you can access past and present statistical releases. In addition, you can find information about when future statistical releases are going to be available.

All statistical releases will continue to be held on departmental websites, along with underlying sources and datasets. As the producers of these statistics, the departments are responsible for their content and accuracy. Further contact details are provided with each statistical release."

(UK Statistics Authority)

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accidents • agricultureanalysisbusinesscasualtieschartcrimeculturedatadefence • earnings • economic change • economic inactivity • economyemploymentenergyenterpriseenvironmentfood • freight • healthhigher education • hours of work • housinginformationjustice • kitemark • labour disputes • national statistics • populationproductivityqualifications • redundancies • roads • rural affairs • skills • social care • societysportstatisticstourismtraffictransportUK • UK National Statistics • UK Statistics Authority • UKSA • unemployment • vehicles • Wales • Welsh Assembly Government

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Simon Perkins
05 JANUARY 2004

Simultaneous Cities: Tokyo And Los Angeles

"Item 1: Formulation and programming of simultaneous structures in Los Angeles and Tokyo that serve as thresholds to both cities vis–a–vis the proposed 'Mag Lev' transportation tunnel beneath the Pacific Ocean. An investigation of the invisible realm that exists between the two cities.Item 2: Advancements in transportation, telecommunications and the like are certainly in abundance as the century draws to a close. Yet architecture seems little affected by the onslaught of `progress.' Item 3: Tokyo and Los Angeles are two cities emerging as centres of extreme import as we move beyond the 20th century. Although they are by no means the only two, they do epitomize much of the dichotomies and disparities of the contemporary urban condition. Providing such a service between these two places certainly can be viewed as a perversity of a world caught up in the 'instantaneous' and the conquest of desire.Item 4: the self has always been set against an abstraction of the cosmos and that has emerged from reflection on the mapping of our tangible world. Here then is yet a further reduction of time and space as the experiential is all but eliminated."

[Papadakis, Dr Andreas (ed). 1995 Deconstruction III: Architectural Design Profile No. 87, London, UK: Academy Group. 1854902539]

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20th centuryabstractionarchitecturecitycosmosdichotomyinstantaneousinvisibleLos Angeles • Mag Lev • Pacific OceanPapadakisprogrammeprogress • realm • reductionsimultaneousspacespeculative designstructuretangibletelecommunicationthresholdtimeTokyotransport • tunne
08 OCTOBER 2003

Placelessness: Alphaville

There are numerous films that deal with issues relating to non–place. One key example if the 1965 film Alphaville, made by Jean Luc Godard about a futuristic city where its inhabitants are controlled/programmed by a central computer. At no time during the film does it feel that any of the inhabitants actually reside or belong to the city. The city appears to be a conduit between the objectives of its master and it's subjects. The city is a non–place that facilitates occupation and transport without offering placement. The institutional nature of engagement within the narrative space reinforces this. Rooms speak their status without addressing anyone specifically, compass references are offered but without any clear connection to a specific geography. The only avenue for escape for the film's protagonist (and his love–interest), is to exit through another non–place: one of the city's interstate highways.

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