Mark Sheppard's Sound Garden
_The project outlines the possibility for the sharing of music within the ambient of the city. Songs can be uploaded and downloaded upon reaching a particular proximity to the wireless sensors.
Living in the interval of the double-glazing glass
The project modifies the existing configuration of the glazing system to create differentiated spaces based on light and temperature, which in turn rely on season and weather.
_To quote, Our works are developing in this physical realm where architecture, at the outset, is nothing other than a Nietzschean struggle between a human desire for energetic growth and structural maintenance, on the one hand, and the external environment which reduces, degrades and breaks up on the other. We are thus reassessing those factors of architecture represented by materials, structure, space and light, depending on their physical actions.
_To quote, The aim is to act in advance of form, at a subformal level, by modifying the very information that gives rise to form, to behavior, to thought. By exerting an influence outside the realm of the senses and the skin, the Hormonorium creates a synthesis of the organic, of mood and space, by establishing a continuity between architecture and human metabolism, between space, light and the endocrine and neurological systems.
The Hormonorium is an interior public space defined climatically by light, temperature, air quality, that involve the body but where certain functions remain indeterminate : resting, working out, breathing fresh air, meeting people, flirting, discussing, people-watching, collecting one's thoughts, washing, toning up, etc.
2_What is the public domain of ambient informatics?
3_How can we redefine received ideas about parks, nature, and recreation, when everything is
4_What distribution grids and topological connections, that link systems and practices of
production with systems and practices of consumption, do mobile phone infrastructure
5_Can we differentiate landscape, built landscape, to promote a multiplicity of urban cells
designed to accomodate differentiated labour and capital?
6_How does the fact that immaterial labor immediately involves social interaction and
cooperation impact architecture and public space?
7_How does spatial form relate to the processes that flow through, manifest, and sustain it?
8_What opportunities lie beyond the architectural surface as confectionary spectacle or the
interior vestibule as glorified automatic door opener?
_site 1 The Fair
From left to right_1. Abandoned lot on the corner of Woodward and 8 Mile + Fair Grounds predicted to cost the city $1,000,000 to keep running_2. Unused park. "Farwell Field". Lightless and lifeless_3. Abandoned Go Kart track.
After visiting the city, sites along 8 Mile Rd. emerged as the ones rich with the most potential. Their organisation as a series of points along the border of the city create a line of interest that heretofore has been the divider of urban and suburban. This connection at the street scale seeks to form a rhizome that then connects to the rest of the city. In the Deleuzian sense, priviledging the multiplicities, forming lines and connections as opposed to points and positions. This is especially relevant to a strip of road that has acted as a striation in the city of Detroit; not just as a border, but also a regulator.
_Map displaying the racial & ethnic distribution in Detroit. The segregation between the suburbs and city proper is clearly visible.
…another fluid, liquid, digital sensibility. Airstrips, information centers, public performance spaces, internet and world wide web access all point to a redefinition of received ideas about parks, nature, and recreation, in a 21st century setting where everything is “urban”, even in the middle of the wilderness_Bernard Tschumi
In fact, many central areas have no land resources left for recreational purposes. This problem is expected to become more serious in the future as the population increases and its demand for such activities multiplies along with increases in income, mobility, and leisure time_Doxiadis
Homogenization of landscape, built landscape, promotes a single type of urban cell that is designed to accomodate homogenized labour and capital_
How can we urbanize open-source?_
Previous stages ofthe industrial revolution introduced machine-made consumer goods and then machine-made machines, but now we find ourselves confronted with machine-made raw materials and foodstuffs—in short, machine-made nature and machine-made culture_Antonio Negri
Each person exists in a different Action Space_Thomas Sieverts
In general, however, it would be more accurate to conceive the model as striving toward a
continual interactivity or rapid communication between production and consumption_Antonio Negri
“Ambient informatics” refers not so much to that technical substrate or installed infrastructure but to the condition it will give rise to in use. In my book, I defined ambient informatics as “a state in which information is freely available at the point in space and time someone requires it, generally to support a specific decision. Maybe it’s easiest simply to describe it as information detached from the Web’s creaky armature of pages, sites, feeds, and browsers, and set free instead in the wider world to be accessed when, how, and where you want it: persistently and effortlessly available, just there, like the air_Adam Greenfield
“Read/write urbanism” is, frankly, jargon, but it’s a pretty neat piece of jargon. It’s a way of describing what is novel about urban life under the condition of ambient informatics, the idea that the city’s users are no longer bound to experience passively the territory through which they move but have been empowered to inscribe their subjectivities in the city itself...that those subjectivities can be anchored in place and responded to by those who come after. So your passage through, your use of, or your investment in this place leaves a tangible informational trace, which can either be gathered up and acted upon individually in the aggregate_Mark Sheppard
Immaterial labor immediately involves social interaction and cooperation. In other words, the cooperative aspect of immaterial labor is not imposed or organized from the outside, as it was in previous forms of labor, but rather, cooperation is completely immanent to the laboring activity itself_Antonio Negri
The Modernist notion that new physical structures would yield new patterns of socialization has exhausted its run, failing by virtue of trying to contain the dynamic multiplicity of urban processes within a fixed, rigid, spatial frame that neither derived from nor redirected any of the processes moving through it. This emphasis on urban processes is not meant to exclude spatial form but rather seeks to construct a dialectical understanding of how it relates to the processes that flow through, manifest, and sustain it_James Corner
Infrastructure networks provide the distribution grids and topological connections that link systems and practices of production with systems and practices of consumption. They unevenly bind spaces together across cities, regions, nations and international boundaries whilst helping also to define the material and social dynamics, and divisions, within and between urban spaces
_Stephen Graham and Simon Marvin
The recent fascination with building envelopes consisting of large-scale programmable urban screens or corporate lobbies outfitted with so-called interactive architecture highlights the dilemma. What opportunities lie beyond the architectural surface as confectionary spectacle or the interior vestibule as glorified automatic door opener?_Mark Sheppard
_The same conversation continues today but in regards to our current technology/machines; the architecture that responds to and exploits it.
_Also, to quote Mark Sheppard: If much of the late 20th century discourse surrounding public space and information networks emphasizes the production of a global, virtual, placeless space of flows, the ubiquity of mobile communications and wireless networks has revitalised an interest in place-based and locative information spaces. As we have noted, people are more frequently interacting with (and through) mobile devices and wireless networks as they move throughout the city. On sidewalks, in lobbies, across parks and public squares, on busses, subways and commuter trains, the mobile citizen constantly negotiates between contingent desires, virtual information networks and the infinitely variegated attractions of the terrain of the contemporary city.
_From a remarkably thorough study of the Detroit area, the existing population of Detroit is mapped by density and location. Locations of industry and other uses are also included. In his conclusions as to what is the best option for planning the UDA, Doxiadis opts for a multi-centred configuration with infrastructure joining them, as well as the GLM.What’s interesting is despite the clearly documented trend in the declining pop. of the downtowncore of Detroit, Doxiadis forecasts an intense population growth, so much so that the surrounding cores would flourish also.
What is worth noting here is Doxiadis's technique of addressing the metropolis as a dispersed combination of points along a particular line. To qoute him, "The core itself needs to move sideways and expand as the scale of the city increases. Such a city doesn't simply grow; it moves across the landscape. Growth becomes movement."
_If Globalization is international integration; a new zone where an enormous mix of people converge, its localized manifestation is the diversity of the city. In fact, it is becoming more and more difficult to fix ethnicity and culture to a particular place. If mobility has increased migration, then connectivity/communication has only intensified this trend by making it easier to be anywhere.
_ If the settings have become generic, how do we express our individuality and collective personality?
_There is undoubtedly an increase in the speed and efficiency of information sharing, as well as the consumption of products, and their distribution technique. I believe we are pushing towards an urban condition of immediacy of conversation via the devices; hyper-collaborative, efficient, and convenient. However, it is also a dangerous condition of control and manipulation. There needs to be a produced agency within the public collective to display that we together are what makes the machine's potential, and not the machine that dictate's our's.
Open Source information sharing becoming dictated by the corporate platform. This is a hindrance to potential product-ive content; the general intellect, where everyone has a means