Golden Gate Suicide Map

November 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

The Golden Gate Bridge is the world’s No. 1 suicide magnet, in part because it makes suicide so easy. People jump and kill themselves there, an average of 19 a year. In the peak year, 1977, there were 40 suicides. Some dive not expecting obscurity or oblivion but a kind of grace — a welcoming body of water that inducts the jumper into nature. The SF Chronicle discusses the issues surrounding the Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier (map & timeline).

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Mapping American Toponymy

October 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social | 1 Comment »

Plfy has assembled a revealing series of toponymic (place naming) maps of the United States, based on the GNIS (Geographic Names Information System) dataset provided by USGS. The results instantly illustrate the regional preferences over naming their local body of water, ____ Brook or ____ Creek, ____Pond or ____ Lake, etc.

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10,000 Year Clock : The Long Now

October 19th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mechanical Tech, Social, Sustainability, Technology | 3 Comments »

W. Daniel Hillis of Applied Minds, Inc. is designing a perfectly synchronized 10,000 year clock / sculpture / statement with the Long Now Foundation. Everything about this clock is deeply unusual. For example, while nearly every mechanical clock made in the last millennium consists of a series of propelled gears, this one uses a stack of mechanical binary computers capable of singling out one moment in 3.65 million days. . . Unlike any other clock, this one is being constructed to keep track of leap centuries, the orbits of the six innermost planets in our solar system, even the ultraslow wobbles of Earth’s axis. . .”The ultimate design criterion is that people have to care about it,” says Hillis. “If they don’t, it won’t last.”

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Common Census Map : Where is your "The City"?

October 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social | No Comments »

The CommonCensus Map Project is redrawing the map of the United States based on ‘spheres of influence’. Using a growing set of votes, maps of regional associations with cities and sports teams are generated.

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Swarmfest : Collaborative Sketching

October 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Social | No Comments »

SwarmSketch hosts collaborative sketches on popular weekly search terms. Each participant draws a small fragment of the whole and votes on the opacity of other user submitted lines.

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New Songdo City : U-City

October 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Future, Social, Sustainability, Urbanism | 6 Comments »

New Songdo City, a man-made island being privately developed from the ground up by Gale International and POSCO E&C, is gaining much attention due to its contemporary nature and its willingness to experiment with ubiquitous technology from phase 1 to its completion of phase 5 in 2014. Dubbed ‘the Hong Kong of the 21st century’ or ‘Ubiquitous City’, the South Korean government’s scheme to attract multinational corporations with technology and a ‘Free Economic Zone’ will surely be something to watch.

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Rapid Iris Biometrics

September 30th, 2005 | Filed under: Products, Social, Technology | No Comments »

The Sarnoff Corporation‘s new Iris on the Moveâ„¢ uses infrared LEDs and an algorithm that isolates one’s iris for biometric identification (2048-bit code) on moving subjects. The device, similar in shape to a metal detector, only requires subjects to look forward while walking to scan at speeds up to 20 IDs per minute.

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Real-Time Mobile Landscape

September 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Social, Technology, Urbanism | No Comments »

Digital Derive, by senseable city lab, taps into the social network of the ubiquitous cell phone in Graz, Austria. The density of cellphone calls, origins and destinations of the calls, and position of users are tracked anonymously in real time, visualizing the organism that social networks of communications are any moment.

Thanks, EZCT.

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Making Visible the Invisible

September 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Programming, Social | 1 Comment »

“Making Visible the Invisible� is an installation consisting of 6 large LCD screens located on a glass wall horizontally behind the librarians’ main information desk in the Mixing Chamber of the Seattle Central Library. . .The screens feature real-time calculated animation visualizations generated by custom designed statistical and algorithmic software using data received each hour. This data consists of a list of checked-out items organized in chronological order.

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Urban Nomad Shelter

September 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Mapping, Products, Social, Sustainability, Urbanism | 7 Comments »

Urban Nomad Shelter, designed by Cameron McNall and Damon Seeley of Electroland, acts as both a “humanitarian act and as a social provocation.” The neon colored inflatable shelters stand as beacons or plot points as they are scattered across a landscape, commodifying and exhibiting those whom are often neglected. [I.D. Magazine 51’s Annual Design Review (Winner, Concept category)]

See also Michael Rakowitz’s paraSITE.

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