Enron Explorer

October 31st, 2006 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping | 1 Comment »

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With Enron Explorer, you can browse all 200,000 of Enron’s internal emails with Trampoline‘s SONAR technology.


Escape From the Future: Architecture, Language, and the Computational Turn

October 27th, 2006 | Filed under: JAC | No Comments »

“Many people would argue that natural languages are much more broadly based than programming languages, a stance that relegates code to the relatively small niche of artificial languages intended for intelligent machines. Recently, however, strong claims have been made for digital algorithms as the language of nature itself. If, as Stephen Wolfram, Edward Fredkin, and Harold Morowitz maintain, the universe is fundamentally computational, code is elevated to the lingua franca not only of computers but of all physical reality.”1

N. Katherine Hayles

“…computational irreducibility occurs whenever a physical system can act as a computer. The behavior of the system can be found only by direct simulation or observation: no general predictive procedure is possible.”2

Stephen Wolfram

The creators of this online journal and forum controversially argue that computation will engender the final stage of development in the relationship between architecture and computers by completely eliminating the concept of form from the architectural equation3. The use of language (in this case, the language of computer code) to evade the trappings of form has precedent in the postmodern use of semiotics to free architecture from the formal dogma of Modernism and the Classical tradition. In contrast to the semiotic critique, however, whose analytical methods were defined by the very logo centric system it was attempting to undermine, the computational turn represents a far more substantial historical break, with the potential to create a completely autonomous architecture freed from Classical notions of past and future. This essay explores the evolution from the semiotic to the computational model in architecture as a way of better understanding the circumstances that made these radical leaps into language both possible, and necessary. more »


Elegant Embellishments

October 22nd, 2006 | Filed under: Architecture, Health, Sustainability | 6 Comments »

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Elegant Embellishments is developing a decorative, three-dimensional architectural tile that can be installed quickly to reduce air pollution in urban environments. The tiles provide councils, developers, and designers with the ability to rapidly improve urban environments in terms of air quality and visual appeal.

via wmmna


Periodic Spiral

October 10th, 2006 | Filed under: Biology, Mapping | No Comments »

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The Periodic Spiral | envisions a remedy to the flaws in conventional periodic tables by illustrating hydrogen’s ambiguous relationship to the noble gases and halogens while recognizing its relationship to the alkali metals; it also fully integrates the lanthanons and actinons into the design.

via information aesthetics


Strange Clouds

October 3rd, 2006 | Filed under: Photography | 5 Comments »

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amazing, beautiful Strange Clouds

more at The Cloud Appreciation Society Gallery


BumpTop Prototype

October 3rd, 2006 | Filed under: Computing, Design, Future | 3 Comments »

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BumpTop Prototype Keepin’ it Real: Pushing the Desktop Metaphor with Physics, Piles and the Pen