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Building without borders

Though the “sans frontières” tag is most famously linked to the organization that in english is known as Doctors without Borders, its adoption by architects indicates that professional distinctions are no bar to the spread of its international and humanitarian

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Low into high, but not high into low

The global success of Japanese companies can be measured by the recitation of familiar names: Toyota, Hitachi, Honda, Nissan, Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba. These seven are among the world’s one hundred largest corporations, and the latest Fortune Global 500 has 64

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Inventing things just to throw us

For many fans of independent cinema, Aaron Hillis’s GreenCine Daily is a must-read blog, combining festival reports, interviews, and well-written posts about original films and the people who make them. Interestingly, Hillis is also a partner in Benten Films, a

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Seeking full contact

Our relationship with machines (and with computers, their less brawny cousins) gets closer with every passing year, and for some decades now we have been coming to terms with the idea that we may one day develop emotional relationships with

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Scrawls, corrections, and crossed-out words

Cynthia Haven, on her enjoyable literary blog The Book Haven, recounts a brief telephone encounter with Julia Hartwig, a poet of prominence in her native Poland still too little known in the English-speaking world. It Will Return, Hartwig’s newest book

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A forgotten path to peace?

Speaking to the UN General Assembly today, President Obama reaffirmed his country’s commitment to what has become over time the world’s only strategy for achieving peace in the Middle East: “Last year, I pledged my best efforts to support the

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The faces behind the books

As people professionally caught up in the life of the mind, philosophers exist for many of us as disembodied names linked to embodied books — we can remember the colour, cover design, and size of many of the books we’ve

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Until your Rolodex arrives

I had the pleasure this morning of having coffee with Erin Bury, the dynamic young manager of community relations and communications for Sprouter.com. Launched in Toronto barely a year ago, Sprouter now acts as a professional community for entrepreneurs around

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A piece of wood, a string, and a milk tin

Although perhaps being portrayed a bit too heavily by Western media as a heart-warming rags-to-riches story (“disabled musicians living on the streets of Kinshasa are discovered by French film-makers and overcome the odds to produce a best-selling album and mount

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SCOPE is on Facebook

After Twitter, it was really only a matter of time, wasn’t it? Yes, SCOPE is on Facebook too (see right-hand column for permanent link). For your convenience and enjoyment, we now offer three ways to keep in touch with us,

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Stop & go — but mostly stop

Traffic engineers have gone to great lengths over the years to figure out how to time stop lights so that the flow of cars and trucks can be maximized. Most such efforts have been based on average traffic loads observed

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A new geography for an old problem

With ever-increasing numbers of human beings choosing or being pushed by economics to leave low-density rural areas for life in high-density cities, we would be wise to devote at least a small proportion of our personal and collective resources to

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