Digital phenomena Category

Good ideas come from crowds & liquid networks

An article on the BBC Business website neatly summarises Steven Johnson’s research findings on the origins of innovations: “Go for a walk; cultivate hunches; write everything down; but keep your folders messy; embrace serendipity; make generative mistakes; take on multiple hobbies, frequent coffee houses and other liquid networks; follow the links; let others build on […]

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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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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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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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“If we can get to flexible wood, I am totally going to cut my own leg off.”

Ashley Vance’s article in last week’s New York Times paints an enticing picture of a future in which 3d printing can conjure objects before us at the press of a button. A 3d Hewlett Packard in every home will spray up a new pair of Nike shoes in a few seconds. Science nonsense? Some might […]

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Be careful what you ask for

Do you have an irrational fear that you are being watched by a duck? Or perhaps a goose or even a swan? If so, then don’t read on. You are suffering from anatidaephobia. It’s a real medical condition with its own webspace – but you won’t want to go there…

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