Tag Archives: Built Environment

Walk the City Blindfolded

Ruminating over old notes, projects, travels and the like I happily remembered an exercise, or field trip, I participated in while studying in Copenhagen. As often occurred, the class time for my urban design theory class was devoted to a … Continue reading

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Google Earth and Architecture

I recently came across the brief synopsis of a book titled Distributed Urbanism. The synopsis briefly discussed the author’s interest in how cities and technology are changing and how architects are responding. This quickly brought to mind many experiences while … Continue reading

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What is the value of monumentalism?

This article examines the urbanism of monumentalism in Washington, D.C. and attempts to understand why such an effort is made to maintain the mall as it is. Continue reading

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Language, Architecture and Anthropology

The following paragraphs will seek to shed some light on the anthropological drivers of architects using jargon and superfluous language and the role it plays in architecture. Continue reading

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Surveillance, Alibis and Streaming Autobiographies

Artist Hasan Elahi developed a surveillance and security project he calls “Tracking Transience: The Orwell Project.” Inspired after the Department of Homeland Security erroneously detained him, the project compiles GPS data, photographs, purchase records and maps to present an up-to-the … Continue reading

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Storytelling and Politics + Consequences on the Built Environment

This interesting article published by the BBC outlines two men and the books they have written arguing that storytelling influences voters far more than facts or logic. I think that these are quite poignant observations given our evolutionary bias to … Continue reading

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The Viral Influence of Social Networks

This article, The Buddy System: How Medical Data Revealed Secret to Health and Happiness, was published in Wired magazine in September 2009. Two researchers began to pour over decades of health information found about the population of Framingham, MA. The … Continue reading

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