Vision with New Lenses: On Designing with Machine Vision

June 6, 2017 / 0 comments

Extract from Archinet: “We increasingly design and inhabit spaces occupied and navigated by both humans and autonomous machines, each with their own unique methods of seeing and sense-making. In this gap between human and machine perception opens a new frontier: how does machine learning transform the vision of the designer?” Link: http://archinect.com/features/article/150010244/vision-with-new-lenses-on-designing-with-machine-vision

Nashtifan Windmills

May 10, 2017 / 0 comments

In the village of Nashtifan in northeastern Iran, Mohammad Etebari serves as the last keeper of an ancient tradition. Now elderly, Etebari has dedicated his life to keeping the town’s few dozen historic windmills turning. LINK: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/01/nashtifan-iran-windmills/

GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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GIANT WATER PURIFIER

February 22, 2016 / 0 comments

Spanish architect Andrés Jaque has created a towering network of water-purifying pipes for this year’s courtyard installation at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York (+ slideshow). Jaque and his firm Office for Political Innovation were the winners of the 2015 Young Architects Program (YAP), which invites emerging architects to create a temporary structure for the courtyard at…

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PARROTS, THE UNIVERSE, AND EVERYTHING

February 11, 2016 / 0 comments

Douglas Adams was the best-selling British author and satirist who created The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In this talk at UCSB recorded shortly before his death, Adams shares hilarious accounts of some of the apparently absurd lifestyles of the world’s creatures, and gleans from them extraordinary perceptions about the future of humanity. Series: Voices…

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WILLIAM MITCHELL – CONNECTED CITY

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

A conversation with the MIT Professor and Director of the Media Lab’s Smart Cities Group.

THE SECRET LIFE OF CHAOS

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

THE SECRET LIFE OF CHAOS FULL DOCUMENTARY Chaos theory has a bad name, conjuring up images of unpredictable weather, economic crashes and science gone wrong. But there is a fascinating and hidden side to Chaos, one that scientists are only now beginning to understand. It turns out that chaos theory answers a question that mankind has…

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ORDER AND DISORDER

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

ORDER AND DISORDER: ENERGY Professor Jim Al-Khalili discovers the intriguing story of how we discovered the rules that drive the universe. Energy is vital to us all, but what exactly is energy? In attempting to answer this question Jim investigates a strange set of laws that link together everything from engines to humans to stars….

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ALL WATCHED OVER MY MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a BBC television documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis.[1] In the series, Curtis argues that computers have failed to liberate humanity, and instead have “distorted and simplified our view of the world around us.”[2] The title is taken from a 1967 poem of the same name…

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A TALE OF TWO CITIES: ARCHITECTURE AND THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

T he scientific and technological advances of the industrial revolution radically transformed construction.New materials and systems transcended previously critical constraints on building size and complexity, allowing architects to create skyscrapers, long-span structures,and mechanically and electrically serviced interiors. By providing new intellectual tools, the digital revolution is now producing a similar revolution in design, allowing architects to imagine, develop, and explore innovative concepts that…

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