Monthly Archives: October 2010

Serendipity

Serendipity happens all the time. It’s a question of how we react to it that matters.

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Chance encounter – not so random

Stub… An algorithm in Facebook organises the frequency of seeing different friends’ news feeds – based on the frequency of your Facebook contact with your friends. Some friends are only contacted by certain people on Facebook because they don’t necessarily want contact with them outside of Facebook. The downside is that Facebook prioritises these people, […]

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J-term course proposal

Instructor Name Tim Stonor Program/Affiliation Loeb Fellow Email tstonor@gsd.harvard.edu Previous teaching experience 1996-1998 Course Director, Master of Science in Architecture, the Bartlett, University College London. Current Honorary Senior Lecturer, the Bartlett, University College London. Course title Introduction to Space Syntax theory, technology and practice Course description Space Syntax is an architectural theory that investigates relationships […]

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Bill Doebele’s wise words

Bill Doebele talk to the 40th Reunion of the Loeb Fellowship Piper Auditorium, Harvard Graduate School of Design 8th October 2010 This is the script used by Bill to guide his talk. His actual delivery may differ in some minor respects. Greetings! Thank you all for making this the most memorable weekend of my life. […]

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Don’t fight fire…

World Bank data suggest an urban population in 2050 of approximately 7 billion, of which close to half will be living in unplanned settlements: favelas, barrios, slums. Delegates at this weekend’s Loeb Fellowship 40th Anniversary Reunion are necessarily concerned. When the Fellowship was established in 1970, America was in turmoil with civic unrest across the […]

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Designing for transaction

Today I gave a presentation to architecture students at the Graduate School of Design titled: “Designing for transaction: the importance of spatial layout, emergence & multi-scale movement”. Here’s the introduction… “Sites – such as the one you have been asked to look at in Queens – raise important questions about connections: how many, where, for […]

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How Faversham fights – machine guns and pints

The last military conflict to take place on British soil occurred near Faversham, Kent on 27th September 1940. On one side: the crew of a downed Junkers 88. On the other: members of the London Irish Rifles. Following a brief but intense exchange of fire, in which no one was killed, all the participants retired […]

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Augmented reality with Nicco Mele

I had an interesting discussion this morning with Nicco Mele, Visiting Edward R Murrow Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government, comparing thoughts about the network of the city and the network of cyberspace – each a network of things. I introduced him to Space Syntax and shared a few thoughts I have had since […]

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Email update to colleagues at Space Syntax

Dear All Warm and friendly wishes from Harvard! We are one month into term now and I thought you would be interested to hear what I have been up to. To be honest, it feels as if I have been here for 6 months – so much has been happening.

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