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The Mobile City

The Mobile City

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. Saving FaceHun nieuwste project, Saving Face, speelt bijvoorbeeld met vragen rondom identiteit in de publieke ruimte. Interactie in de publieke ruimteIn hun werk staat het publiek en de verschillende rollen die deze kan aannemen, de vorm van interactie, centraal. Docs on the SpotZoals Jeffrey uitlegt was deze tijdslimiet een belangrijk factor in de ontwikkeling van de applicatie.

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. How to create new ways to capture and share visual information. How new strategies for architectural design, mobility systems, and networked intelligence can make possible dynamic, evolving places that respond to the complexities of life. How to design, create, deploy, and assess tools and processes that foster civic participation and the flow of information between and within communities.

Tokyo Podcast 47: Traveling in Japan by Wheelchair - Tokyo Podcast How accessible is Japan for someone traveling in a wheelchair? With it’s busy sidewalks and endless stairs in and out of the train stations, is Japan closed off to someone in a wheelchair or is it surprisingly accessible? On this show I talk to Ashley Olson who runs the website Wheelchair Traveling about her recent trip to Japan and the many surprises she encountered and why she is eager to come back. I’ve also been shooting a lot more video recently with my latest one being all about Exploring Tokyo on the Yamanote Line.

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. 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.

MSc Advanced Architectural Studies Overview Note: prior to the academic year 2013/14 the title of this programme was MSc Advanced Architectural Studies. Why? The MSc Spatial Design: Architecture & Cities (MSc SDAC) cultivates a unique mission for students who arrive from the UK, Europe and many parts of the world, and from all the disciplines of the built environment: to mediate between the desire of architects and urban designers to produce high quality designs, and the imperative of architecture to provide a better place for society. (Our current course brochure can be downloaded from here.) What? Whilst following this course you can expect to: Who? Our MSc Spatial Design: Architecture & Cities attracts students with a background in architecture and urban design, as well as graduates of other disciplines such as art history, history, planning, geography, anthropology, mathematics, computer science and engineering who wish to develop specialist knowledge of architecture and the city. Where? How? Got a question? Structure Report

L’accessibilité de la ville à travers le handicap En rupture avec des représentations bien souvent stigmatisantes dès lors que l’on aborde les questions de handicap et d’accessibilité dans la ville, il est temps aujourd’hui de considérer le handicap sous l’angle de l’innovation. Parce qu’il pose avec singularité des questions d’usage, d’accessibilité et d’acceptabilité spécifiques, le handicap constitue non seulement une source d’innovation technique trop peu exploitée, mais aussi un prisme par lequel l’accessibilité de la ville pour tous gagnerait à être envisagée. Geoffroy Bing Le handicap comme « moteur d’innovation » Sait-on que la télécommande TV a été conçue à l’origine à l’attention des personnes à mobilité réduite ? Les exigences des personnes handicapées en termes de facilité d’usage et d’accessibilité constituent un défi majeur pour les concepteurs de produits ou de services. Vers une « conception pour tous » de la ville ? C’est aussi sous cet angle que l’on peut penser l’accessibilité de la ville. Crédit photo : Mr Anderson

Open Innovatie bij de gemeente Amsterdam Van 30 november tot en met 4 december 2009 vindt het Open Innovatie festival plaats! De hele week staan alle 16.000 ambtenaren van de gemeente Amsterdam centraal. De wereld om ons heen verandert. De opkomst van het sociale internet biedt veel mogelijkheden voor co-creatie: om kennis te delen, samen te werken en kennis te ontwikkelen met diverse partijen wereldwijd. Amsterdam wil graag de kennis, kunde en creativiteit die aanwezig is ook echt benutten. In Estland hebben ze bijvoorbeeld 1 dag al het zwerfvuil opgeruimd. Met Open Innovatie ga je op zoek naar kennis en ideeën bij je collega’s, het bedrijfsleven, zzp’ers en bijvoorbeeld bij de inwoners van Amsterdam. Via het internet kun je tegenwoordig makkelijk kennis delen en met anderen tot betere oplossingen komen dan dat je alleen of steeds binnen dezelfde omgeving doet. Spectaculaire kick-off De hele week vinden diverse workshops plaats over thema’s als web 2.0, het nieuwe werken, leiderschap, innovatie en burgerparticipatie.

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ShortestURL Shortener? Just when you thought that the great shortener wars of 2009 had come to an uneasy calm, we may have just uncovered a new, yet unlaunched competitor that wants to upset everything. In Firefox, point your address bar to: (UPDATE – works on the latest Chrome dev build). What you see is this: Darren Bounds, president of Cliqset, brought this to our attention. What this appears to be, is a use of the .to top level domain. So instead of they have built This would mean that “TO. – Get Shorty URL” (for lack of a better name) would indeed be the shortest URL shortener, not just in the world, but possible. The web page says that we should “know who to contact,” but we don’t. Darren’s Explanation (via Twitter to me): @alex It would be the shortest possible URL shortener. @dbounds: could you not have ? @alex I don’t believe so. @alex So where as people have like, or in your example, these guys have .to.