Monday, October 12, 2009
I've been exploring how different disciplines adopt technology over the past few years and along the way, I've come across people who are doing interesting things, bringing new perspectives to the transdisciplinary technological space.
About Greg Smith
Greg has a Masters in Architecture and a B.A. in Philosophy.
In the text for this presentation, Greg reviews how urban space has been represented over the years. He uses Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project as a springboard. In the middle, he talks about the turf war between the convergence of players in the Ubicompworld: "...and with microblogging of course comes the mobile nation—in case you didn't notice this is happening right now. Ubicomp is becoming less of a buzzword and more of a turf war. We've got telcos, regulatory bodies and hardware and software providers locked in a scrum with us consumers stuck in the middle." He ends with a pausing point, directing us to DIYcity.
Here are the image credits, as listed on Greg's website:
- Disturbed City - Mattia Casalegno & Michael Langeder [see Vague Terrain 13: citySCENE documentation]
- Parisian Shopping Arcade - photographer unknown
- Index of The Arcades Project (left), Walter Benjamin in the Bibliothèque National - photo: Gisèle Freund (right)
- OpenStreetMap, map of Parkdale
- twittervision - David Troy
- Mobile phone array - photographer unknown
- GTA IV, screen capture - Rockstar Games [see previous post]
- Basketball Game - photographer unknown
- Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities & Venice
- CityMurmur New Orleans - Writing Academic English
- One Block Radius - Christina Ray & Dave Mandl
- EveryBlock - Adrian Holovaty [see previous post]
- In the Air - Nerea Calvillo & collaborators
- FixMyStreet Canada - VisibleGovernment.ca
- New York Nearest Subway, iPhone application - Acrossair
- Layar Reality Browser for Android - SPRXmobile
- The Networked Omniscient - Evan Allen & Matthew Worsnick
- DIYcity - John Geraci
- JT Switchboard - photo: Joseph A. Carr.
About Mission Specialist
"Mission Specialist is a small Toronto-based design studio specializing in print design and web presence. Our goal is to provide elegant and efficient design solutions for small businesses and creative professionals. Beyond the expected experience in print and web, we have a diverse background in photo editing, grant and proposal writing, SEO & web marketing, usability and typesetting - we can bring a range of skills to the table that will enrich any project. We are interested in providing individuals and organizations with modular, expandable frameworks for commerce, archiving and self-publication." Mission Specialist is Jordan Hale and Greg J. Smith.
About Vague Terrain
"Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.....
"Our cities today are relics from a time before the Internet. Services and infrastructure, created and operated by the government, are centrally managed, non-participatory and closed. And while this was once the best (and only) way for cities to operate, today it leads to a system that is inefficient, increasingly expensive to maintain, and slow to change."