*taken from: ref to: Who says social networks make place irrelevant? Communication designer Sidney Blank begs to differ as he presents STACKD, a new site that helps people in Manhattan office buildings get in touch – for business or beers. In so doing, his project connects such themes as excess capacity, the spatial and local implications … Continue reading

two quotations from bergson

“The universe is not made, but is being made continually. It is growing, perhaps indefinitely, by the addition of the new worlds.” “The role of like is to insert some indeterminacy into matter.” -Henri Bergson

Dialectic of site and nonsite and the possible responses

*part of this post is taken from the book Situation – edited by Claire Doherty – Cambridge – 2009 **picture is taken from – (Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970. Photo: George Steinmetz) First there is this table of Robert Smithson – Dialectic of site and nonsite //1972 Site  Open limits A series of points Outer coordinates … Continue reading

local stories on exact spots

This app-website-webapp is something how ordinary local people post their stories, from their voice in the exact location. “…it places scientific method and political action in the hands of everyone with a phone line and a hard drive. Urbanism is simply no longer a specialist’s task.” (p.68) //Kwinter, Requiem for the city at the end … Continue reading

Bing augmented reality maps

iPhone App Generates Microclimates Of Random Interactions

*taken from A new iPhone app seeks to transform everyday life by encouraging experimental forms of behaviour. Users upload a profile picture and select a list of situations they would like to happen to them. These range from innocent “hug me for 5 seconds exactly” to subversive “let me inspect the contents of your bag … Continue reading

Geotaggers Manhattan Map

*taken from The maps are ordered by the number of pictures taken in the central cluster of each one. This is a little unfair to aggressively polycentric cities like Tokyo and Los Angeles, which probably get lower placement than they really deserve because there are gaps where no one took any pictures. The central cluster … Continue reading

EPIC 2015

a future scenario for virtual fields of local podcasts

Lebbeus Woods – Political Machines

*original text can be found at Political Machines Cell phones are political machines par excellance. This has been shown several times in recent years but nowhere better than the demonstrations against the government in Tehran over the past weeks. Twitter and instant messaging as well as texting were used to organize the resistance and also to … Continue reading

audi urban future initiative – BIG

from the website: The futurist and prolific inventor Ray Kurzweil describes the evolution in technology as an exponential curve following the Law of Accelerating Returns. Technological breakthroughs are happening constantly and occurring within exponentially shorter intervals. The speed of the microprocessor is doubling every 18 months, and we are approaching a true revolution in information … Continue reading

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