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Mobile Media and Urban Design

Mobile Media and Urban Design
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Playing for the Future: event April 17 2014 about play, games and urban (re)developments Last year, The Mobile City partnered in the project “Rezone Playful Interventions” about the use of playful design strategies to repurpose vacant spaces. In this project three teams composed of an architect and a game studio collaborated and created a temporary playful urban intervention for a near-vacant factory at the edge of the city center of Den Bosch. The three teams were: Maurer United x Marieke Verbiesen, DUS Architects x Monobanda, ZUS Architects x Fourcelabs. To conclude the project, a small event (in Dutch) is scheduled on April 17 14:00 – 18:00 in Willem II Fabriek, Den Bosch. In addition, the publication “Rezone Playful Interventions: spelen voor de toekomst” (playing for the future) will be presented to the provincial deputy Brigite van Haaften. Partners in the event are Digitale Werkplaats/bArt, BAI, bkkc, Het Nieuwe Instituut, and The Mobile City. Details – in Dutch – below: Wanneer: 17 april 14:00 -18:00 Locatie: Willem II Fabriek, Boschveldweg 471,’s-Hertogenbosch

Urban Screens Sessie 2: Content op LocatieDe tweede sessie van Screening the City richtte zich op de beleving van de openbare ruimte en de rol die mobiele technologie hierin kan spelen. Hoe gebruikmakend van bestaand (audiovisueel) materiaal over de stad, zoals documentaires en archiefmateriaal, of uitgaande van publieksparticipatie op locatie, de ervaring van de stad en publieke ruimtes veranderd. Hermen MaatSamen met Karen Lancel ontwerpt Hermen Maat “‘ontmoetingsplekken’ voor de publieke ruimte. Deze ‘ontmoetingsplekken’ zijn performances en installaties, die zij ontwerpen als verleidelijke, visuele omgevingen. Elke ‘ontmoetingsplek’ of sociaal sculptuur functioneert als een ‘artistiek sociaal lab’ waarin het publiek deelneemt als ‘co-researcher’. Saving FaceHun nieuwste project, Saving Face, speelt bijvoorbeeld met vragen rondom identiteit in de publieke ruimte. Docs on the SpotZoals Jeffrey uitlegt was deze tijdslimiet een belangrijk factor in de ontwikkeling van de applicatie.

Where 場 (ba) Research Groups and Projects Each Media Lab faculty member and senior research scientist leads a research group that includes a number of graduate student researchers and often involves undergraduate researchers. How new technologies can help people better communicate, understand, and respond to affective information. How technology can be used to enhance human physical capability.

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?) might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For instance, he points out, in Chinese, saying “this is my uncle” is not as straightforward as you might think. In Chinese, you have no choice but to encode more information about said uncle. “All of this information is obligatory. This got Chen wondering: Is there a connection between language and how we think and behave? While “futured languages,” like English, distinguish between the past, present and future, “futureless languages” like Chinese use the same phrasing to describe the events of yesterday, today and tomorrow. But that’s only the beginning. Featured illustration via iStock.

Google’s Internet: Google Public DNS Remember that rumor a while back that Google was going to build its own version of the Internet? It turns out that the idea might not be so far-fetched after all. Last month, Google revealed that it was working on its own protocol that could perhaps one day replace HTTP, dubbed SPDY. Today, Google announced that it’s going after another fundamental piece of the Internet: DNS. Google has launched what they’re calling Google Public DNS. While “speed” might indeed be the end result for users, the data could be immensely valuable to Google as a company that is increasingly all about gathering more and more information from multiple channels in order to serve better advertising. "In the permanent logs, we don't keep personally identifiable information or IP information. If you want to try Google DNS for yourself, there's already a site that will tell you how to do it, complete with toll-free telephone support.

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