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Drone: Camera, Weapon,Toy: The Aestheticization of Dark Technology. Introduction.

Drone: Camera, Weapon,Toy: The Aestheticization of Dark Technology

Zydnei. ‘Bottom Up’ Public Intervention at International Architecture Festival / eme3. At the seventh edition of the International Architecture Festival from June 27-July 1, eme3‘s project brings back the action to the public space.

‘Bottom Up’ Public Intervention at International Architecture Festival / eme3

They aim to recover the format of former editions and take back the interventions and organization of activities in different locations of the city center. These locations include some lots and spaces that were abandoned and fell into degradation. Their topic, ‘Bottom Up’, has a participation of around 50 participants coming from 17 countries. Essay: On the smart city; Or, a 'manifesto' for smart citizens instead. On the smart city; A call for smart citizens instead Big data + social media = urban sustainability?

Essay: On the smart city; Or, a 'manifesto' for smart citizens instead

The promise of smart sustainable cities is predicated on the dynamics of social media alloyed to the Big Data generated by an urban infrastructure strewn with sensors. Feedback loops are supposed to engage citizens and enable behaviour change, just as real-time control systems tune infrastructure to become more energy efficient. Social media dynamics enable both self-organisation and efficient ecosystems, and reduce the need for traditional governance, and its associated costs. Eme3 2012: Bottom-up. Built Environment (1978-), Vol. 16, No. 4 (1990), pp. 288-303.

Hybrid Space Lab and Networked Participatory Design Systems. Coinciding with the rise of digital tools that foster participatory systems, Hybrid Space Lab is an entity that exists in the realm between architect and client, the traditional shapers of space.

Hybrid Space Lab and Networked Participatory Design Systems

Here Elizabeth Sikiaridi and Frans Vogelaar of Hybrid Space Lab share three of their projects (CITY KIT, DIY Pavilion, SIMPLE CITY) and their thoughts on networked participatory design systems today. CITY KIT City Kit is a combined urban planning program and computer game designed to help residents upgrade their neighborhoods. The project was developed for the Hong Kong Social Housing Authority to target group young people who were spending more time playing computer games than exploring the outside world.

Teddy Cruz – What adaptive architecture can learn from Shantytowns. Teddy Cruz a California architecture, who has focussed on what architecture can be learnt from informal settlements is profiled in an article Border-town muse: An architect finds a model in Tijuana from the March 13 International Herald Tribune.

Teddy Cruz – What adaptive architecture can learn from Shantytowns

The IHT article writes: As Tijuana has expanded into the hilly terrain to the east, squatters have fashioned an elaborate system of retaining walls out of used tires packed with earth. The houses jostling on the incline are constructed out of concrete blocks, sheets of corrugated metal, used garage doors and discarded packing crates – much of it brought down by local contractors and wholesalers from across the border (slideshow in NY Times).

Once such a settlement is completed, it is protected from demolition under Mexican law – and the government is eventually obliged to provide plumbing, electricity and roads to serve it. ‎ Urban Versioning System 1.0.1 (super-mini-special) A design pattern for digital urbanism: City-Centre Enterprise Incubation. (The Custard Factory in Birmingham, at the heart of the city’s creative media sector in the central district of Digbeth) (In “Do we need a Pattern Language for Smarter Cities” I suggested that “design patterns“, a tool for capturing re-usable experience invented by the town-planner Christopher Alexander, might offer a useful way to organise our knowledge of successful approaches to “Smarter Cities”.

A design pattern for digital urbanism: City-Centre Enterprise Incubation

I’m now writing a set of design patterns to describe ideas that I’ve seen work more than once. The collection is described and indexed in “Design Patterns for Smarter Cities” which can be found from the link in the navigation bar of this blog). Design Pattern: City-Centre Enterprise Incubation Summary of the pattern: This pattern describes the provision of mixed facilities to incubate technology, creative and social enterprises in an urban environment.

City systems, communities and infrastructures affected: Ineffectiveness of surveillance cameras. Last update: 17 June 2009 We are told that surveillance cameras are "effective" crime-fighting tools because they deter and/or record evidence of criminal activity.

ineffectiveness of surveillance cameras

Lyon: From Big Brother to Electronic Panopticon. From Big Brother to Electronic Panopticon David Lyon.

Lyon: From Big Brother to Electronic Panopticon

The Origins of the Modern Public, Parts 1-14 (Listen) Reconfiguring Private and Public Space in Contemporary Art Practices. Toward the Sentient City » September 17 – November 7, 2009. Visitor Information Sentient City Hub Exhibition The Urban Center 457 Madison Avenue New York City Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday (closed Thursday) 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Toward the Sentient City » September 17 – November 7, 2009

Free admission Event Tickets Unless otherwise noted, tickets are free for Architectural League members, $10 for non-members. League members may reserve a ticket for any of the above programs by e-mailing Dates and locations subject to change. Personal data for sale. NYU ITP graduate student Federico Zannier collected data about himself — online browsing, location, and keystrokes — for his thesis. UrbanCybernetics Case Studies. Australia Vs Korea: Dance Battle 2012 - Spatial Aesthetics. Dance Battle 2012 On Sunday October 14, 2012, our research team collaborated on a live, large screens hip hop battle linking three large screens in Melbourne, Perth and Seoul. ‎ Incheon-Melbourne Public Screen Event - Spatial Aesthetics. Crowd watching the screen at Tomorrow City. Image courtesy of Scott McQuire. View video documentation of the event: The ‘Large Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere’ project was launched on August 7, 2009 with a live telematic broadcast between the large screens at Tomorrow City, a new urban development at Songdo, Incheon, Korea, and Fed Square, Melbourne, Australia.

The launch was timed to coincide with the opening of the Tomorrow City Open Theatre and media festival ‘Come Join Us, Mr. Orwell’, programmed by Art Center Nabi. Click here to visit Art Center Nabi’s project website for ‘Come Join Us, Mr Orwell’. The mother of all video chats: LA-NY, 1980, a Hole in Space. Galloway, Kit; Rabinowitz, Sherrie: Satellite Arts Project.

Large Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere - Spatial Aesthetics. LP0989302: 2009-2013.

Large Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere - Spatial Aesthetics

Co-funded by the Australian Research Council, Art Center Nabi, the Australia Council for the Arts, and Fed Square PL. This project aims to test the use of large video screens as a communication platform for an experimental transnational public sphere. The project involves linking major public screens located in Melbourne and Seoul for three ‘urban media events’ involving specifically commissioned content. Because these cities share a near synchronous time zone, the events will utilise live and interactive components to engage publics in both places simultaneously.