Civic Mutations

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Bits and Pieces

From residential quarters of Mesopotamia in 2100 BC to social networks in 2008 AD

From residential quarters of Mesopotamia in 2100 BC to social networks in 2008 AD

Pulling bits of the puzzles together. Other case studies I’m looking at are FOA’s Meydan Square in Istanbul, Steven Holl’s Linked Hybrid, BIG+JDS High Square to name a few.

 

FOA Meydan Shopping Square

FOA Meydan Shopping Square

Steven Holls Linked Hybrid

Steven Holl's Linked Hybrid, Beijing China

 

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Nodes and Connections

Concept Model - Angle 3

First Concept Model

In my last post, the last part on a multiple level courtyard is where I’m thinking of expanding my thesis. The model below is a second iteration of the first concept model I created a few weeks ago. Unlike the first model, (shown in black and white above) the second piece begins to explore connections within a core. In the second model below, the red dot indicates the organic core, created by crossing paths from corners of the cube. An intentional new node is created on the lower right.

Exploration of nodes and connections.

Concept Model: Exploration of nodes and connections.

What does that says? I’m not exactly sure, but throughout the process of creating the second node, the only direct connection it has to the core is on the line where I created the second node but even though I may have started the new node by cutting the line in half,  I’ve created new direct connections to the main core by passing through the second node. The idea is quite interesting and though I might have interrupted the main path, but I’ve also created an agent that could spread out by itself.

The Second Node

The Second Node

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Random Shots

Beginning sketch of a node and connections

Beginning sketch of a node and connections

Concept Model - Angle 1

Concept Model - Angle 1

Concept Model - Angle 2

Concept Model - Angle 2

Concept Model - Angle 3

Concept Model - Angle 3

Started to give more thought and focus on the big idea for my thesis and it is heading towards a direction which explores the idea of a node its connections. The idea also explores the role of architecture and its influence to the urban fabric by the connections and interactions within the social communities.

Filed under: Inspiration, Random Thoughts, Thesis Studio

Finding Inspiration

Boston Skyline

Boston Skyline

Apartment Complex on Storrow Drive

Apartment Complex on Storrow Drive

Mass Ave Bridge

Mass Ave Bridge

After so many years in Boston, I never really look back at it from a different point of view. I find it refreshing. These shots might seem random but I have been walking around Boston shopping for a site but found myself wandering around looking at the city at ways I’ve never seen before. So far, there are still plenty of interesting places to explore.

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Situated Technologies

Title snapshot from presentation

A 3-day symposium was held a few years back in 2006 on the subject of Situated Technologies. What’s Situated Technologies? I don’t have a clue,and I’m still fuzzy in that idea but I believe it has something to do with the technological tools we use everyday, like mobile phones, Blackberrys, PDAs as well as social networking web services such as Twitter, Facebook, Dodgeball etc. Here’s a link to a video presentation on What is Situated Technologies? by Mark Shepard, who’s an artist and an architect.

The video is about 20 minutes long, but for those impatient users, here’s a quote from the video.

Snapshot taken from the presentation

Snapshot taken from the presentation

… considering the mobile phone use in Japan … most are equipped with digital camera, sms text messaging, wireless email and internet browsers. Mobile phones have replaced computers as the de facto email terminal of choice for many Japanese who are not in technology, finance, engineering or other computer intensive occupation. In this context, the mobile phone becomes a device in organizing space, time and boundaries around the body in public space. Once constant connections within a close circles of friends has been referred to a personal territory device which regardless of the context of the physical built environment or its public conveyances creates a social space which in some way complicates our traditional category of public or private space in the built environment. 

Situated Technologies

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