Philosophy

A Lifespan is a Long Time

The Institution of Civil Engineers – the UK counterpart to the American Society of Civil Engineers – issued a report on the whole-life risks for infrastructure (in its broad sense of the engineered built environment) some time ago that I finally found the time to read. And now I want to encourage every engineer to …

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Mechanical Reproduction

I’ve stolen the title of this post from a deservedly famous sociological discussion of the meaning of art, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. This wasn’t just to keep from having to think up my own title, but because Walter Benjamin’s argument directly touches on the topic at hand, which is …

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