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Category Archives: Techno-science

Making wifi visible – Network City

Digital cities

[Bogotá City Blues by Coso Blues]
Wired UK reports on the digital city. Here are some utopian, critical and imaginary highlights:
Digital Cities: ‘Sense-able’ urban design
By Carlo Ratti
“By receiving real-time information, appropriately visualised and disseminated, citizens themselves can become distributed intelligent actuators, who pursue their individual interests in co-operation and competition with others, and thus become prime [...]

“The city that never was but could have been…”

Cheng+Snyder’s new public art project, the Museum of the Phantom City, offers iPhone users imaginative glimpses of New York City.
The NY Times reports that architects Irene Cheng and Brett Snyder “have created a virtual map to guide users around Manhattan to sites where projects they describe as ‘visionary’ were planned but never built. The map [...]

Server space

NY Times: Data Center Overload
“Much of the daily material of our lives is now dematerialized and outsourced to a far-flung, unseen network … But where is ‘there,’ and what does it look like? ‘There’ is nowadays likely to be increasingly large, powerful, energy-intensive, always-on and essentially out-of-sight data centers. These centers run enormously scaled software [...]

Book Review: The Reinvention of Everyday Life: Culture in the twenty-first century

The Reinvention of Everyday Life: Culture in the twenty-first century. Edited by Howard McNaughton and Adam Lam (2006). Christchurch NZ: Canterbury University Press. 264 pp. ISBN 1-877257-48-6
Reviewed by Niamh Hennessy, York University
This is an interesting and provocative collection of stories, commentaries and reviews that offer a series of meditations on the transformations of everyday life [...]