BC’s Code Red housing crisis

out of reach & out of control by Dr. Paul Kershaw and Anita Minh   • Generation Squeeze is a project co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and the Association for Generational Equity (AGE), a national non-profit. Generation Squeeze began as a University of British Columbia project researching generational inequality in Canada. On Wednesday May 25th, … Read more

The Temple of Abstraction

by Geoff Olson • In the splendid 2015 Pixar film, Inside Out, the characters Joy and Sadness momentarily get trapped inside Abstract Thought, a building complex inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley Anderson. The panicking pair break down into blocky Picasso-like structures, and are reduced to simple geometric forms before a narrow escape pops them … Read more

Big Data’s dark history

IBM subsidiary poster from 1934

by Geoff Olson Photo: IBM subsidiary poster from 1934: “See everything with Hollerith punchcards.” • Big data is a buzz-term that has softened into a tabloid cliché in a remarkably short time. It refers to the massive quantities of publicly and privately archived information that can be digitally analyzed to identify subtle patterns and trends. Interested … Read more

Lit from within

The extraordinary story of Jacques Lusseyran by Geoff Olson • They told me that to be blind meant not to see. Yet how was I to believe them when I saw? – Jacques Lusseyran Of all the exceptional figures of the 20th century, Jacques Lusseyran is among the least known. Thankfully, there’s an antidote available … Read more