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Monthly Archives: September 2006

CFP: Performing places

PERFORMING PLACES: media and embodiment in the urban environmentHelsinki, November 7-9, 2006 Seminar theme The Performing places seminar will bring together researchers, artists and developers whose work touches on the experiential, affective and political aspects of urban and technological life, and who share an interest in inventive artistic and technical practices of the urban environment. […]


cityofsound: City states and global federalism “It’s actually an attractive idea as there’s a genuine sense of meaningful, local, civic value involved at the scale of the city – and thereby rejecting individualist or libertarian politics.” Design Observer: The Golden Age of American Commercialism “In the book’s most famous passage, Jesus is portrayed as the […]

"The journalism of Lilliput", or How to get out of the city

Natural histories“Over the years, nature writers and country diarists have developed an increasingly sophisticated ecological literacy of the world around them through the naming of things and an understanding of the relationships between them. They find ways of linking simple observations to bigger issues by remaining in the present, the particular…” A bridge between now […]

Architecture and Situated Technologies

Architecture and Situated Technologies19-21 October, 2006 @ The Urban Center and Eyebeam, NYC – Reservations/advance ticket purchase required Since the late 1980s, computer scientists and engineers have been researching ways of embedding computational intelligence into the built environment. Researchers at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) began to look beyond the model of personal computing, […]

On place and context

“[Latour] makes pertinent points about the sociology of the social’s preoccupation with context and place, hence the eternal return conceptually to the analytical split level of the global and the local…I think that Latour’s arguments about place are worth exploring for the way they jog ones’ perspective and decentre comfort zones about where we are […]