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Monthly Archives: December 2006

Getting a better look at ourselves

How can we better understand our ecosystem and our impact in it? How can we aggregate uncoordinated measurements about the status of our environment for commercial, educational and awareness purposes?
Two complementary sources provide observations and trends analysis to help improve the management of our resources and ultimately our planetary health and civilizational well-being.

GEONETCast is a [...]

Milosevic’s instrument of propaganda

Snjezana Milivojevic, chairwoman of the center for Media Studies at the University of Belgrade, spoke tonight about media as an instrument of ethnic and nationalist propaganda in Serbia during the ’90s.
How did Milosevic use the media to promote himself and his ideas? And how did society communicate its resistance to the centrally controlled media?
After the [...]

Beijing Olympics Air Quality: lessons from Atlanta

I was reminded today of the growing concern about air pollution during the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. Air quality in Beijing regularly exceeds the upper limits of safety, causing great damage to health and economic productivity. Planes can’t land. Respiratory disease is on the rise. Olympic athletes fear not being able to perform at their [...]

Resfest ‘bydesign:’ what’s after Aftereffects?

Resfest is an international touring showcase of the leading developments in video and motion graphics.
Aftereffects, a motion graphics program, tended to factor heavily into most videos in the experimental section of Resfest, called ‘bydesign.’ The program seemed to encourage a certain wandering through three dimensions – a continuous sensation of temporary and slippery orientation. explains [...]

DOTT: design of the times

Thanks to John Thackara for pointing out in his talk today at the competitiveness summit the “design of the times” initative.
How can design increase efficiency, reduce environmental impact and build healthier and more resilient communities? Designs of the times will tackle complex social challenges by involving community members in design projects.
Dott 07 (Designs of the [...]

Global Place: practice, politics and the polis

A free and open conference about the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly urbanized world which I’ll be attending.

“…bringing together the world’s leading social theorists and design practitioners to discuss what kind of architecture and urbanism is possible and desirable in this high velocity global century,”
“Our conference title, Global Place, seeks to capture that paradox—that [...]

responsive architecture

The economist is reporting on the design of dynamic physical space that adapts to its environment.
WHAT if architects could build living systems rather than static buildings—dynamic structures that modify their internal and external forms in response to changes in their environment? …Houses, for example, might shrink in the winter to reduce surface area and volume, [...]

Community on the scale of a room

A leading environmental and experiential design firm in Amsterdam had me by the other day and asked about the possibilities of enhancing physical environments with data, information and interaction. I’m collecting thoughts on the subject, and I started with inspiration from a book I’m now reading.
Randolph Hester’s ‘Design for Ecological Democracy’ so far argues that [...]

Richard Barbrook and ‘The book of imaginary media’

Eric Kluitenberg introduces his newly edited book on imaginary media (Nai) by asserting we have systematically failed to communicate with the ‘other’ across cultural divides. He points to our collective fantasy that this miscommunication can be overcome by the miracle of a machine interface.
Imagine the power of the umpteenth gadget. Imagine that technology can go [...]