Category Archives: Art

Space Syntax: the push of intent, the pull of need and the resistance of the “pre-digital”

I was asked an interesting question yesterday about the barriers to growth and acceptance of Space Syntax and Integrated Urban Models.

I believe there are three important components to the answer.

First, the growth of Space Syntax Limited‘s business was robust for 19 years, following its startup as a UCL spinoff company in 1989 – until 2008, when the bottom dropped out of the global real estate market. In that initial period, the company’s turnover grew at an annual rate of over 20%. This allowed continuous staff growth and market penetration. During this time the company devoted profits to the production of new software and new research findings as well as a modest return to shareholders and staff bonuses. It invested this way because it was determined that its growth should be about long term success and sustainability, not short-term reward.

2008 saw the global financial crisis hit the urban planning and design industry at home and abroad. This disrupted the growth curve at Space Syntax for two years. The company is today back on an accelerated growth track having seen consistent turnover growth at over 40% in each of the past two years, the steepest rate in its history. Continue reading Space Syntax: the push of intent, the pull of need and the resistance of the “pre-digital”

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Water works

From “Slate
“The abstract-seeming images here are not the result of some wacky Photoshopping. Jay Mark Johnson’s photos are actually incredibly precise. The reason they look like this is because he uses a slit camera that emphasizes time over space. Whatever remains still is smeared into stripes, while the motion of crashing waves, cars and a Tai Chi master’s hands are registered moment by moment, as they pass his camera by.  Like an EKG showing successive heartbeats, the width of an object corresponds not to distance or size, but the rate of movement. Viewing the left side of the picture is not looking leftward in space but backward in time.”

This is a beautiful application of technology, which more than anything reminds me of David Hockney’s Paper Pools and Polaroid paintings…analogue antecedents that suggest Hockney paints in time as well as space!

Article 25 “On London Wall”

Article 25 is a charity that designs, builds, and manages projects to provide better shelter wherever there is disaster, poverty, or need. Its latest event “10 X 10” is an auction of 100 architects’ drawings of the City of London.

My drawing “On London Wall” is an attempt to capture the kinetic character of everyday human activity.

Found in Faversham

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After my recent post on Banksy and Space Invader, here is a new piece of guerilla art, made in the centre of Faversham.