Journalist Andrew Blum explains what and where the Internet is physically. His book Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet tells the story of the Internet’s physical infrastructure and chronicles the its development, explains how it works, and takes an in-depth look inside its hidden monuments.
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Fictitious futures, virtual development and visual language Hypothetical development, design fiction and The Noun Project. Three ideas that are about construction and design, but not in a bricks and mortar, or ink and paper kind of way.
Conference: IA Summit 2011 Speaker(s): Andrea Resmini, Andrew Hinton, Jorge Arango Like building architects before them, information architects are creating the spaces in which people meet, transact, communicate, and learn. The spaces that IAs design are where many people will be spending a considerable part of their lives. A heady role!
This session will explore relationship between information and architecture, taking seriously the phrase “the design of information spaces”. You’ll learn how place-making works as a design methodology, the importance of context on the design of an information space, and how to explain the value of IA in architectural terms that clients and colleagues can understand more clearly.
Chris Bangle: global car designer and ideas agitator Do you know this name, Chris Bangle? Car enthusiasts in the By Design audience will know him, in the world of car design he’s a star, but all of you know his work. Trends and Products: Pixel building - the greenest in Australia The Pixel building, as it is known, is the new Melbourne city headquarters for the developers Grocon - known for many of Australia´s major buildings. Eureka building on Melbourne´s Southbank is one of their most prominent. This is considered one of the tallest buildings in Australia. The Pixel building, though, is small, and an experiment in all things green. The building´s architects Studio 505 are one of Australia´s most innovative and thoughtful firms, with the co-founder Dylan Brady coming out of LAB Architecture, the firm that designed Melbourne’s Federation Square. Wallpaper: an on-again, off-again love affair On his deathbed in a Paris hotel room, Oscar Wilde famously quipped: ‘My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.’ In Australia, since the 1840s, fashions in wallpaper have come and gone in Australia during our long, on-off love affair with wallpaper. When the Lights Went Out: a history of blackouts in America Where were you when the lights went out? For whatever reason they went out, you´ll probably remember where you were when it happened because our electrically lit-up life has become so natural to us that when the lights go off, the darkness seems abnormal and memorable.
Networks of people, information, things, and energy are coming together in ways that redefine the practice of architecture. Duncan Wilson, an engineer with the global consulting firm Arup, joins host Jon Udell to discuss a variety of projects that illustrate the new synthesis.
On December 17th 2009 Jerry Michalski hosted IFTF’s second FutureCast with Eric Corey Freed, Allison Arieff, and June Williamson to discus the changing suburban landscape.
Eric Corey Freed is director of Urban Re:vision, founder of organicARCHITECT, and author of numerous books including Green Building for Dummies. He is a leader in green buildings and socially responsible design. Freed is also a judge for Reburbia, a design competition dedicated to re-envisioning the suburbs.
Allison Arieff writes the "By Design: column for the NY Times and is Food and Shelter Ambassador for GOOD. She is former Senior Content Lead for IDEO and continues to consult on media, sustainability, and design for organizations including Urban Revision. She was Editor in Chief of Dwell from 2002-2006, as well as their founding Senior Editor. In addition, she is author books Prefab and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America.
June Williamson is a professor of architecture at New York City College and co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, a guidebook for redesigning and redeveloping suburban cities to meet our current demographic, technological, and economic needs.
Cities: Real and Unreal a discussion of Architecture and Fiction with Jeff Vandermeer, Jeffrey Ford, Geoff Manaugh
This is a special edition of If You’re Just Joining Us. I had the pleasure of attending a reading and discussion at a Borders in New York a few weeks ago and recorded the event. This is the discussion part of the program, which was hosted by Ron Hogan. The three members of the discussion panel were: Jeff Vandermeer, Jeffrey Ford, and Geoff Manaugh.
Jeff Vandermeer, who was recently on IFYJJU, had graciously invited me. His website is http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/.
Jeffrey Ford’s is http://users.rcn.com/delicate/ Geoff Manaugh’s is BLDG BLOG
The host was Ron Hogan and his site is Beatrice.
While Information Architecture took its name from architecture, it took very little else. This is not surprising, as the early days of the web were about making sites that supported the interaction between people and data. The obvious model back then was a library; a library is a space for humans to receive knowledge. But with the rise of social networks, and the integration of community into almost all online experiences, more architecture practices are directly transferable to design. Online spaces are no longer just about findability, but about falling in love, getting your work done, goofing around, reconnecting with old friends, staving off loneliness… humans doing human things.
What makes a design elegant, and what can we borrow from design across a variety of industries, from entertainment to mobile devices, from manufacturing to ongoing learning, to bring elegance into our own companies?
The podcast interview today (below) features Matthew May (@matthewemay) author of the brand new book “In Pursuit of Elegance” (more information on the book at InPursuitOfElegance.com), as well as author of the critically acclaimed book “The Elegant Solution” published in 2006, and which I had a tremendously enjoyable time interviewing him about in early 2007.
The discussion is hosted by Dan Keldsen (@dankeldsen), Co-founder and Principal of Information Architected, and discusses the four primary components of elegance, as brought forth in Matthew’s most recent book.
The transition from physical to virtual spaces means that there is less opportunity to physically interact in public spaces. Historically public spaces were used for celebration, today they are used for anonymous mobile calls. We would like to explore the ways in which the tangible aspect of physical space might be re-introduced into our virtual interactions through an exploration and discussion of - among other things - responsive architecture.
Mouna Andraos, Electronic Crafts
Francesca Birks, Arup
Molly Wright Steenson, Princeton University School of Architecture
Ben [neb] Cerveny, AFK Stamen Gamelayers etc
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