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Monthly Archives: February 2007

Mobile Nation Conference, Toronto, 22-25 March, 2007

“From March 22 to the 25th, The Ontario College of Art and Design, the Mobile Digital Commons Network, and the Canadian Design Research Network, host the Mobile Nation international conference, exploring the emerging field of mobile experience design. Mobile Nation investigates design methods for locative technologies, devices and games, showcasing international research, design and engineering.” […]

On contradiction

World Press Photo of the Year 2006 by Spencer Platt “I went to a housewarming party and I overheard two young Lebanese arguing about [this] photo. Both were in their 20s and very ‘cosmopolitan’. One said: I think this is a great photograph, it shows us as we are, not people associated only with war […]

Bare life, zones of social abandonment and an activist anthropology

“It’s a dump-site of human beings. You must go there. You will see what people do to people, what it means to be human these days.” This quote comes from a book called Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment by João Biehl. A Brazilian anthropologist and activist now teaching at Princeton, Biehl studies […]

Old and new Chinese cities

NY Times: Olympic Construction Unearths Ancient Treasure Trove “Building the new China usually entails digging up the old China. Construction zones across the country are uncovering so many antiquities that it might be considered a golden era for archaeology — except that sites and antiquities are often simply demolished by bulldozers or looted. […] The […]

Tertiary Education – Student Numbers

Worldmapper provides an arresting visualization of a range of global data – below, tertiary education. It would be nice to be able to see this a different projection, however, so countries away from the equator weren’t stretched out as thin ribbons. Somehow the eye more easily assesses the comparative size of one blob against the […]