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Architectural themes in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis of 1927

Following are two movie posters, a series of film stills and two images depicting the construction of the city.

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1904 St. Louis World’s Fair

 

 

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How Kenya has beaten the world in mobile money

The following article is from National Geographic:

The Invisible Bank: How Kenya Has Beaten the World in Mobile Money

In the developed world, we are used to the idea that we created the model of industrial and economic progress which other countries must follow. Many of our big ideas about development rest on the assumption that the West cracked the formula for economic progress sometime in the 19th century, and what we need now is for the developing world to ‘catch up’. Even the language we use encapsulates this idea, in the division between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’. But new innovations are challenging the idea that development requires handing ideas down from developed to developing. In banking and finance, the big ideas in cashless transfers and mobile, flexible exchanges are not to be found in Geneva or London or New York. A revolution in mobile money transfer has occurred, but not in these financial centres. Instead, it’s happened in Kenya, with m-Pesa.

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