Weekly update

21st-27th March 2011
Monday
Dinner with Andy Cao, Loeb Fellow.

Tuesday
Seminar with Loeb Fellows.

Wednesday
Meeting with Space Syntax group at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Delivery of Lincoln Lecture at Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Thursday
Mid Term reviews with Felipe Correa’s studio at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Dinner with Loeb Fellows and special guest Toni Griffin.

Friday
Meetings with students at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Tour of the MIT Media Lab with Loeb fellows and architect of record Andrea Leers.

Weekly update

14th-20th March 2011
Monday
Discussion with Martin Butterworth, Managing Director of Space Syntax Australia, re Space Syntax Business Plan.

Tuesday
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.

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
Visit to Mt Auburn Cemetery, including the grave of Buckminster Fuller.

Weekly update

7th-13th March 2011
Monday
Discussions with Utile Architecture & Planning regarding the redesign of Boston’s City Hall Plaza.

Tuesday
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.

Wednesday
Meeting with Ed Parham re Space Syntax Business Plan.

Thursday
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.

Friday
Presentation on Rotterdam’s Solid Waste Collection system to Dr Joyce Rosenthal’s class on Environmental Planning.

Saturday
Visit to Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Sunday
Visit to Newport, Rhode Island.

Weekly update

28th February-6th March 2011
Monday
Teaching on the “Design Policy Law” class at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Loeb Fellows dinner with Senior Loeb Fellow, Dr Arjun Appadurai.

Tuesday
Meeting with Ed Parham re Space Syntax Business Plan.

Wednesday
Meeting of the Space Syntax group at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Lecture: “Matter, Material, Materiality” by Dr Arjun Appadurai.

Thursday
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.

Friday
Teaching on the “Environmental Planning & Sustainable Development” class at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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In urban design & military operations – effective networks are more important than multiple connections

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.