Thursday, January 8, 2004

The Danes get it! (Or perhaps I should live and work in Denmark.)

Nicolas Cederstrom, Rune Huvendick and Tau Ulv Lenskjold just finished their thesis at the IT University of Copenhagen - congratulations guys!

The full text is in Danish, but beginning on page 146, you can read English interviews with Giles Lanes about Urban Tapestries and with Lalya Gaye about Tejp. Good stuff!

And Rune was kind enough to pass along this English abstract:

Digital Unitary Urbanism.
The emergence of ubiquitous computing in city spaces poses new questions regarding the nature of the relationship between technology and everyday life, which can be answered through a socio-cultural investigation of the current technological development. This thesis presents the notion of Digital Unitary Urbanism as a theoretical platform from which to analyze and develop the social potential of ubiquitous computing. Digital Unitary Urbanism is inspired by the situationist artistic movement of the 1950s and 1960s, which aspired to stimulate and maintain permanent social dynamics in the city through playful interventions based on integration between art and technology. Digital Unitary Urbanism maintains this interest in technology as a means of evoking a new kind of urbanism characterized by the ability of individuals and social groups to appropriate and co-create urban space. Digital Unitary Urbanism represents a re-thinking of the functionalistic understanding of ubiquitous computing, which has dominated the field since Mark Weisers initial vision for a new computing era. The construction of Digital Unitary Urbanism is based on a utopian and idealistic approach and the thesis includes both a manifesto and a future vision for a possible urban situation based on the theoretical insights and ideals contained in Digital Unitary Urbanism. As such the thesis is meant to inspire and stimulate creative thinking rooted in the encounter between technology, everyday life and the city.

I found Rune's brand new weblog in my referrer logs, and other Danish daily reads of mine are Jens Christoffersen and Thomas Angermann. As if that weren't enough, two of the most interesting architects I have ever met - Martin Ludvigsen and Andreas Lykke-Olesen - are currently working on their PhDs with the InteractiveSpaces group in the Department of Computer Science, University of Aarhus. I wonder how a Canadian might score a post-doctoral position in Denmark ...

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