From my old school’s first year:
“The first project of the autumn semester invovles a trip to the beach to explore placemaking. Through the manipulation of natural materials and the use of found objects students are encouraged to create a place that expresses something of their response to the coastal environment.”
See also the good professor Unwin’s work… from the “ARCHITECTURE AS IDENTIFICATION OF PLACE” section, this corker relating back to my whole “navihate” thing:
“Place is to architecture, it may be said, as meaning is to language.”
“Information Architecture” could be said to set us up for a fall by mixing the semantic with the spatial from the get-go. Mixinyermetaphors is bad – rabbits die of it.
Egon:”I just remembered: DON”T CROSS THE STREAMS!”
Egon:”It would be BAD.”
Peter:”I am fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing… what do you mean BAD?”
Egon:”Try to imagine all life as you know it, stopping instantaneously,and every particle in your body exploding at the speed of light.”
Ray:”(gulp) total protonic reversal”
Peter:”Ok right that’s BAD, important safety tip thanks Egon.”
… but I will try and type up my notes from last night’s iSociety presentation this weekend whilst on trains to-and-from Stratford-Upon-Avon to visit my best mate from college and see if we can find an architectural design competition worth entering…
In the mean-time, Phil has reflected upon the evening, and there are some very good links in the comments field about ‘social capital’.
“These pages are about the work, on morphogenesis in general and Fibonacci phyllotaxis in particular, which was carried out by Alan Turing in the four or so years before his death, and which remains somewhat obscure.”
» http://www.swintons.net/jonathan/turing.htm and a related blog here.
[found via the awesome Hecklerandcoch]
“on 28 April, Beverly Hughes, Minister for Citizenship and Immigration, responded to a parliamentary question about ID cards and only mentioned the earlier 2,000 responses.
She said: “The responses have been about 2:1 in favour of introducing a scheme”.
In late May Home Secretary David Blunkett seemed to signal that the government was determined to introduce ID cards. He bluntly declared: “I want them because I do want to know who is here.”
Stand is now trying to get official word about what will be done with the 5,000 responses it passed on.”
» BBC News: ID card ‘tricks’ anger net users
“Something little observed outside of engineering is that pre-globalization, machinery had cultural accents. You could tell if you were working on something that was American, British, French, or Japanese. Science is science, but where you have choices available for achieving an end, cultural intonations will come through.”
» Inflight Correction: Friday, May 16, 2003 – 1:24 PM
This glossary of terms used in the field of metadata quite clearly the best thing since that, and it’s Atkins compliant. Serious buckets of whuffie to Victor for collecting it together.
» Noise Between Stations: Metadata Glossary
“For Microsoft and IBM, it’s like designing a giant metropolis, laying out the roads, agreeing on traffic regulations, putting in plumbing, and so on. For the hackers, it’s more like “let’s build a city: everybody bring a brick.” This is not such a bad idea: it’s basically how the PC industry and the web succeeded. But how it will turn out in this case is anybody’s guess.”
» Guardian Online: “The third era starts here”
Recently I was lucky enough to get the chance from Andrew Losowsky to design a print piece for m-Real’s Visual Perception magazine. These are design and theory showcase mags produced by the paper manufacturer, each centred around a theme. This issue was themed around ‘Advertising’, and my brief was to produce an ad for a non-existant product that would make my life easier.
I resurrected some nonsense from the blog and with a quick photoshoot in our office, came up with this.
You can order the lovely glossy magazine for FREE here. It has interviews and articles by and of the great and good like the founder of ad-agency mavericks, Mother, the editor of UK Vogue, interviews with the founders of AdBusters etc.