Winter is coming, little girl. The blue birds and the hummingbirds left several weeks ago and by now are thousands of miles away. Only finches, wrens, woodpeckers, and the bossy blue jays come to the feeders that we still take in at night, though the black bears that love to…

What is going on here?

A Boeing engineer once explained to me that aeroplanes do not really exist. These sleek monsters that carry us to the farthest reaches of the planet were, to him, no more than a million parts flying in close formation, not a single one of which was capable of flying by…

On the afternoon of Friday, 11 March 2011 at about 2:20 pm I happened to be sitting in the United Airlines’ lounge at Narita airport, near Tokyo. I was waiting to return from a conference on Service Science at Tokyo Institute of Technology. At that moment I was startled by…

by Colin Harrison (9 September 2015)

The largest labor force migration in history is underway, driven by urbanization, global communications, low-cost labor, business growth, and technological innovation. This transition began in Europe and North America in the late 18th century at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and now encompasses…

Lauterbrunnen Valley, on the skyline the Breithorn (3780 m)

The largest labor force migration in history is underway, driven by urbanization, global communications, low-cost labor, business growth, and technological innovation. This transition began in Europe and North America in the late 18th century at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and now encompasses most of the world. Figure 1…

On the afternoon of Friday, 11 March 2011 at about 2:20 pm I happened to be sitting in the United Airlines’ lounge at Narita airport, near Tokyo. I was waiting to return from a conference on Service Science at Tokyo Institute of Technology. At that moment I was startled by…

For nine months the COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged individuals’ lives, businesses, economies, and societies and there is no end in sight. It is adding tremendous uncertainty to a world already unbalanced through political and social conflicts, rising effects of climate change, and awareness that sprawling cities increasingly bring us into…

If we still have cities in 2100, they might look like this…

Downtown Toronto, © 2006 by Colin Harrison

In the years following the Great Pandemic of 2020–2025, the re-emergence of the medieval walled city as a model for post-pandemic settlements surprised no one. Since the onset of the Fourth Wave in late 2021, most large towns…

Colin Harrison

Dr. Harrison is an IBM Distinguished Engineer Emeritus and a co-founder of the Pivot Projects.

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