entropic-IQ

A proposal to study the exchange of information and matter in cities under a thermodynamic approach. A Project by dpr-barcelona.
Synapse |The entropiqIQ drop-books series curated by: César Reyes Nájera
A starting point to articulate an intellectual fabric supporting the entropiqIQ project. A forum of reflection including people moving on the limits and blurring boundaries on the knowledge of cities, information, technology, art, biology and philosophy. A series of publications in pamphlet format exploring the thought and ideas of thinkers and doers; articulated by simple detonating questions posed through emails, tweets and conversations:
- What is information?- What is matter and energy?- What is the city?- What is entropy?
Some other concepts as evolution, ownership, copyright are also discussed.
Nature and city are not opposites or excluding concepts, in fact, they are interacting systems. The next step will be to understand and transform our cities under the logic of nature’s principles of organization. This series, fast printed and transmitted, may help in that connection.
First round of connections:
- Usman Haque + Natalie Jeremijenko- Juhani Pallasmaa- Aristide Antonas- Peter Rich - Jussi Parikka- François Roche

Synapse |The entropiqIQ drop-books series curated by: César Reyes Nájera

A starting point to articulate an intellectual fabric supporting the entropiqIQ project. A forum of reflection including people moving on the limits and blurring boundaries on the knowledge of cities, information, technology, art, biology and philosophy. A series of publications in pamphlet format exploring the thought and ideas of thinkers and doers; articulated by simple detonating questions posed through emails, tweets and conversations:

- What is information?
- What is matter and energy?
- What is the city?
- What is entropy?

Some other concepts as evolution, ownership, copyright are also discussed.

Nature and city are not opposites or excluding concepts, in fact, they are interacting systems. The next step will be to understand and transform our cities under the logic of nature’s principles of organization. This series, fast printed and transmitted, may help in that connection.

First round of connections:

- Usman Haque + Natalie Jeremijenko
- Juhani Pallasmaa
- Aristide Antonas
- Peter Rich 
- Jussi Parikka
- François Roche

Project Glass by Google[x] Group

We believe technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A team within our Google[x] group started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.

Follow the project at http://g.co/projectglass 

Meet MinION, the USB-powered DNA sequencer
Since the first genome was sequenced in the mid-70s, it’s been getting easier and quicker to analyse DNA. Now, you can do it from the sofa.
A company named Oxford Nanopore has built a disposable DNA sequencer that’s the size of a thumb drive, and powered by a USB port. It’s capable of sequencing 150 million base pairs in six hours, and uses the computer’s own CPU to perform the analysis. It’s called the MinION, and costs just $900 (£570).To do the sequencing, it employs “nanopores" — organic molecules that have a very tiny hole in the centre — about a single nanometre across. These are embedded in a membrane, and the whole thing is submerged in a fluid containing both electrically-charged ions and a sample of the DNA to be analysed. Once a voltage difference is placed across the membrane, the ions begin to move and the currents generated sweep nearby particles into the mouth of the pore.
More info: Wired + Oxford Nanopores Technologies

Meet MinION, the USB-powered DNA sequencer

Since the first genome was sequenced in the mid-70s, it’s been getting easier and quicker to analyse DNA. Now, you can do it from the sofa.

A company named Oxford Nanopore has built a disposable DNA sequencer that’s the size of a thumb drive, and powered by a USB port. It’s capable of sequencing 150 million base pairs in six hours, and uses the computer’s own CPU to perform the analysis. It’s called the MinION, and costs just $900 (£570).

To do the sequencing, it employs “nanopores" — organic molecules that have a very tiny hole in the centre — about a single nanometre across. These are embedded in a membrane, and the whole thing is submerged in a fluid containing both electrically-charged ions and a sample of the DNA to be analysed. Once a voltage difference is placed across the membrane, the ions begin to move and the currents generated sweep nearby particles into the mouth of the pore.

More info: Wired + Oxford Nanopores Technologies

fly tweet [a research project by David Bowen]

This device sends twitter messages based on the activities of a swarm of houseflies. The flies live inside an acrylic sphere along with a computer keyboard. As the flies move and interact inside their home they fly over the keys on the keyboard. These movements are collected in real-time via video. As a particular key is triggered by the flies the key’s corresponding character is entered into a twitter text box. When 140 characters are reached or the flies trigger the “enter” key the message containing the accumulated characters is tweeted. Thus twitter messages are sent in real-time based on the predilections of the swarm of flies.

More info: fly tweet

You can follow this research on @flycolony | Thanks to @antonas

‪The embodied mind‬: ‪cognitive science and human experience‬ by ‪Francisco J. Varela‬, ‪Evan Thompson‬, ‪Eleanor Rosch‬

The Embodied Mind provides a unique, sophisticated treatment of the spontaneous and reflective dimension of human experience. The authors - argue that only by having a sense of common ground between mind in Science and mind in experience can our understanding of cognition be more complete.

A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.

The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions. 
planetunderpressure2012.net

The film is part of the world’s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by 
anthropocene.info

The original projects focused on very wide-angled objectives, dedicating all efforts to the creation of systems and experiences through which it is possible to observe and (try to) understand the impacts that the wide and ubiquitous availability of digital technologies and networks has on the ways in which we perceive and use our city spaces and on the ways in which we relate, learn, work and entertain ourselves.
With Maps of Babel ( as well as with other experimental research projects with Maps of Babel the team has recently brought up or participated to, such as the projects which you can find HERE and which they’re doing together with Luca Simeone, Giorgia Lupi and Paolo Patelli, together with Milan’s Polytechnic University, its Department of Architecture and Planning, Density Design and Accurat) they started focusing on more specific perspectives, trying to address real-life issues of our cities, and we started from the practices of Urban Planning.
More info: Maps of Babel

The original projects focused on very wide-angled objectives, dedicating all efforts to the creation of systems and experiences through which it is possible to observe and (try to) understand the impacts that the wide and ubiquitous availability of digital technologies and networks has on the ways in which we perceive and use our city spaces and on the ways in which we relate, learn, work and entertain ourselves.

With Maps of Babel ( as well as with other experimental research projects with Maps of Babel the team has recently brought up or participated to, such as the projects which you can find HERE and which they’re doing together with Luca SimeoneGiorgia Lupi and Paolo Patelli, together with Milan’s Polytechnic University, its Department of Architecture and PlanningDensity Design and Accurat) they started focusing on more specific perspectives, trying to address real-life issues of our cities, and we started from the practices of Urban Planning.

More info: Maps of Babel

Open Energy propone desarrollar una plataforma para explorar nuevos sistemas de visualización del consumo de energía y poder optimizarlo en consecuencia, tanto en entornos domésticos como industriales.

El sistema se estructura en torno a dos dimensiones: la primera, Energy Monitoring Device, investiga dispositivos open hardware con que monitorizar el consumo eléctrico, y una segunda dimensión, Open Energy Visualization (Data Visualization / Augmented Reality App), explora nuevas formas de visualización en tiempo real sobre el consumo eléctrico en entornos domésticos. 

Estos sistemas nos posibilitarán amplificar el conocimiento entorno a la dinámica de comportamiento de la energía en cualquier lugar.

Open Energy es un prototipo de infraestructura energética totalmente open source.
Más info: Open Energy
“Not Nature,” tarp’s upcoming issue, is interested in exploring historical and contemporary architectural positions in regard to natural systems- aesthetic, synthetic, philosophical, autonomous, not autonomous, investigative, social and political. The question is to explore whether architecture can build form without a clear process-based model to replicate. 
Furthermore, what implications are entailed by eliminating the boundaries between human, nature, and architecture. 
More info: Tarp: Architecture Manual 2012

“Not Nature,” tarp’s upcoming issue, is interested in exploring historical and contemporary architectural positions in regard to natural systems- aesthetic, synthetic, philosophical, autonomous, not autonomous, investigative, social and political. The question is to explore whether architecture can build form without a clear process-based model to replicate. 

Furthermore, what implications are entailed by eliminating the boundaries between human, nature, and architecture. 

More info: Tarp: Architecture Manual 2012


Space is the MachineOn Wednesday 21 March at 19:30 h. Edwin Gardner will give a lecture at IED Madrid on spatial experience and cognition associated with the cybernetic relation to our environment. The lecture will be in English, and concurrently translated into Spanish.

—via janvaneyck

Space is the Machine
On Wednesday 21 March at 19:30 h. Edwin Gardner will give a lecture at IED Madrid on spatial experience and cognition associated with the cybernetic relation to our environment. The lecture will be in English, and concurrently translated into Spanish.

—via janvaneyck