21st-27th March 2011
Dinner with Andy Cao, Loeb Fellow.
Seminar with Loeb Fellows.
Meeting with Space Syntax group at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Delivery of Lincoln Lecture at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Mid Term reviews with Felipe Correa’s studio at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Dinner with Loeb Fellows and special guest Toni Griffin.
Meetings with students at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Tour of the MIT Media Lab with Loeb fellows and architect of record Andrea Leers.
“Demonising Wikipedia won’t work. It’s massively used and it’s in all our interests to make it massively better.”
Nieman Journalism Fellow and BBC reporter Philippa Thomas comments in her blog on the myth and reality of Wikipedia.
Here’s the full post.
14th-20th March 2011
Discussion with Martin Butterworth, Managing Director of Space Syntax Australia, re Space Syntax Business Plan.
Meeting with Paul Cote, Lecturer in GIS at the Harvard Graduate School of Design re Space Syntax and GIS technologies.
Discussion with Anna Rose, Director of Space Syntax Limited re her forthcoming visit to the USA.
Discussion with Ben van Bruggen of Savills re opportunities for partnership between Space Syntax and Savills, especially in China.
Discussion with Chris Stutz of Stutz Consulting re Space Syntax Business Plan.
Lunch with Dana Bixby, architect and former Bartlett student of Bill Hillier’s.
Visit to Mt Auburn Cemetery, including the grave of Buckminster Fuller.
7th-13th March 2011
Discussions with Utile Architecture & Planning regarding the redesign of Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
Meeting with Alan Penn and Steven Schooling re Space Syntax Business Plan.
Mid Term Reviews with Prof Rahul Mehrotra’s Mumbai Studio students.
Dinner with Loeb Fellows and Loeb Alumnus Damon Rich.
Meeting with Ed Parham re Space Syntax Business Plan.
Meeting with Utile Architecture & Planning re Boston, City Hall Plaza..
Dinner with Loeb Fellows and special guest Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Presentation on Rotterdam’s Solid Waste Collection system to Dr Joyce Rosenthal’s class on Environmental Planning.
Visit to Jamestown, Rhode Island.
Visit to Newport, Rhode Island.
#GraphicDesign confidence & #WordPlay for new Japan #Shinkansen. Thanks @seijitakamatsu http://yfrog.com/h719034876j
28th February-6th March 2011
Teaching on the “Design Policy Law” class at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Loeb Fellows dinner with Senior Loeb Fellow, Dr Arjun Appadurai.
Meeting with Ed Parham re Space Syntax Business Plan.
Meeting of the Space Syntax group at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Lecture: “Matter, Material, Materiality” by Dr Arjun Appadurai.
Meeting with Chris Stutz re Space Syntax Business Plan.
Performing as the Minister of Planning for the country of “Urbania” on the “Urbanization & International Development” class at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Meeting with Kairos Shen, Chief Planner at the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Teaching on the “Environmental Planning & Sustainable Development” class at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Following last week’s post on the subject, National Defense Magazine provides another example that highlights the risks of multiple connections and the benefits of an effective network:
U.S. Troops Loaded With Technology, But Can’t Harness the Power of the Network
A couple of quotes from the piece:
Key to this strategy is to sync up disparate programs that are important to the network, but so far have not been integrated. The Army’s acquisition bureaucracy is organized to manage stand-alone widgets and weapons, not an interconnected mesh of systems.
“The network is now the Army’s highest modernization priority,” Chiarelli (Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff) says. Having every soldier plugged into the tactical network and giving them means to access and distribute information would give the Army a “tremendous advantage that we never had before,” he adds.
Cambridge, MA is a city of formal, historic architecture. Harvard Yard and Brattle Street (pictured) are its poster children.
Yet, away from these greats, there are many buildings that are simply fun.
One block back from Mass Ave, Franklin Street is the setting for a cluster of quirky, joyous homes. From a distance, their politely pitched rooftops blend into the residential skyline:
But, up close, they reveal themselves to be more than ordinary:
Yesterday I took part in a role play in Dr Mike Hooper’s class on “Urbanization & International Development” at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The class was divided into three groups and given 20 minutes to prepare proposals for upgrading an informal settlement on land in the centre of an imaginary city, “Urbanopolis”, the capital of “Urbania”.
Each team then had 5-6 minutes to present slum upgrading proposals to the (apparently) notoriously short tempered Minister of Planning for Urbania – played by me! Continue reading
I spoke today to Dr Joyce Rosenthal’s “Environmental Planning & Sustainable Development” class at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
My presentation “Carbon emissions & spatial connections” can be viewed on Slideboom.
Matter, Material, Materiality: Thoughts on the Social Life of Design
Piper Auditorium, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
2nd march 2011
A rich and widely placed lecture.
Architecture as the means of limiting possibilities of fashion. Planning as the means of limiting the possibilities of architecture.
The effortful production of everyday peace and its other outcomes: conviviality, warmth.
The involvement of everyday people in the process of planning and design is a reality, not least since it is the ordinary that occupies the built product of the process. Still an imperative to improve the processes by which architecture and planning are delivered.
For digital users
2010 was the year to get connected; 2011 will be the year to become networked.
It is one thing to buy an iPhone, join Facebook and Twitter, get a blog, friend and follow. It is another to keep it all going.
Already, people are being encouraged to unplug. But why unplug when it is possible to network? How? The solution is to link Twitter and Facebook to a blog; to connect the blog to LinkedIn, taking advantage of the interconnections so that things are only done once.
In other words, connectivity is only the beginning – networking is the goal. And not just for tech geeks but for all users of urban places…
The 20th century was about cities getting connected; the 21st will be about cities becoming networked. Continue reading
I spoke yesterday to Prof Jerold Kayden’s “Design Law Policy” class at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
My presentation “Performance planning – urban measurement, analysis & forecasting” can be downloaded from Slideboom. Continue reading