Saturday, April 17, 2004

Technology + art cities

Alex Steffen on smart places, reputation capital, flows and treating goods as services. Anthony Townsend on how urban designers can respond. (via)

Dan Hill on the Archigram exhibition currently at the Design Museum in London. Mmmm. Looking forward to catching that in a couple of weeks. Dan also points to breaks in the road and sounds of the city.

Plus Intel's Urban Atmospheres - proactive archeology of our urban landscapes and emerging technology - research project brings us Jabberwocky:

Jabberwocky is a freely available mobile phone application designed to promote urban community connections and a sense of familiarity, anxiety, and play in public urban places ... As two people approach one another, each personís individually carried Jabberwocky mobile phone application transparently detects and records the otherís unique identity ... Over time each Jabberwocky application accumulates a log of unique entries of people that have been previously encountered. Later, as the user crosses through another part of the city, takes the subway, or waits at a street corner, the Jabberwocky application senses nearby groups and crows and renders an abstract real-time visualization of familiarity.

And e-Xplo:

e-Xplo takes on the part of a topographical agent by developing projects which engage a space and the people who inhabit it:

DENCITY is a live performance of electro-acoustic music on a nightly bus tour through New York's hidden landscapes. It is the contemporary urban equivalent of an explorer's notebook- a kind of Huck Finn on land.

Continuing the physiographic narrative e-Xplo initiated with DENCITY, 65 MPH re-orients the "tourist" with a new vocabulary for the city structured through the highway's imperative for speed and distance.

And more...

Thanks Rene!


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