entropic-IQ

A proposal to study the exchange of information and matter in cities under a thermodynamic approach. A Project by dpr-barcelona.

Making Social Science Matter. Why Social Inquiry Fails and How It Can Succeed Again by Bent Flyvbjerg

Brain Connectome | Mapping neural connectivity through white matter connections in the human brain using diffusion MRI.
From The Age of Connectome: Q&A with Sebastian Seung

Brain Connectome | Mapping neural connectivity through white matter connections in the human brain using diffusion MRI.

From The Age of Connectome: Q&A with Sebastian Seung

Process urbanism is a method that uses the same logic as nature’s principles of organization. Nature and the city are not opposites or delimited units. They are diversified systems which combined should be balanced.

Knowledge about wind, water, light, energy, circulation, politics, health, urban life, density, sustainability etc. is collected into one urban ecosystem, filled with poetry and surprises.

From: Process Urbanism. The City as Artificial Ecosystem


We can imagine any number of other examples by which the direct accumulation or image of accumulation at given scale comes to structure (diagram-in-advance) the instrumental appearance of another scale: where, for example, a theological geography appears as an interface through which a ritual map is read and re-read, where a territorial city zoning plan directly structures the possible networks that can operate within certain locations and in turn delimiting which interfaces can appear there, where the flight schedule board at an airport draws organizes each gate as a node within a synchronized global territory of time, of which it is one instance toward which its passages open up for us.

—Benjamin Bratton
More info: Bratton’s web-site

We can imagine any number of other examples by which the direct accumulation or image of accumulation at given scale comes to structure (diagram-in-advance) the instrumental appearance of another scale: where, for example, a theological geography appears as an interface through which a ritual map is read and re-read, where a territorial city zoning plan directly structures the possible networks that can operate within certain locations and in turn delimiting which interfaces can appear there, where the flight schedule board at an airport draws organizes each gate as a node within a synchronized global territory of time, of which it is one instance toward which its passages open up for us.

—Benjamin Bratton

More info: Bratton’s web-site

Swarm What? Notes on the Imaging of AggregationBenjamin H. Bratton
An essay on the essential visual and rhetorical logics of the swarm as a social technology of aggregation and the governance of aggregation. For an upcoming volume, Swarm Intelligence, co-edited by Neil Leach and Roland Snooks. 
More info: Bratton’s web-site

Swarm What? Notes on the Imaging of Aggregation
Benjamin H. Bratton

An essay on the essential visual and rhetorical logics of the swarm as a social technology of aggregation and the governance of aggregation. For an upcoming volume, Swarm Intelligence, co-edited by Neil Leach and Roland Snooks. 

More info: Bratton’s web-site

"Information is a Material" was a talk given by Mike Kuniavsky at Kicker Studio’s 2010 Device Design Day.

“This talk will discuss what it means to treat information as a material, the properties of information as a design material, the possibilities created by information as a design material, and approaches for designing with information. Information as a material enables The Internet of Things, object-oriented hardware, smart materials, ubiquitous computing, and intelligent environments.”

This talk is essentially a chapter from his book called Smart Things - Ubiquitous Computing User Experience Design. If you’re at all interested in anything I post on this blog you should probably read it.

—via bashford

The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity. When we look upon this image, we are in fact peering back in time, as much of the light—having traveled such vast distances—predates civilization itself.
More info SkySurvey

The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity. When we look upon this image, we are in fact peering back in time, as much of the light—having traveled such vast distances—predates civilization itself.

More info SkySurvey

While maintaining a constant level of productive communication within the colony, an individual AntBot is responsible for numerous tasks, which in themselves are carried out being mindful of the total network. These tasks include: scanning the ice surface and selecting best spots for entry as well as areas of the ice cap suitable for extraction, scooping entry spots which do not have a suitable slope, burrowing tunnels in ice to create a circulatory network, deploying BabyBots along the network which in turn carve out habitable spaces, and finally depositing the burrowed ice on the surface of the ice cap.

More info: Polar Ants —Artic Research Facility

In attempting to redefine architecture as a living organism, the initial inspiration from natural and scientific processes concentrates on ideas of cyclical phase change and differentiation, all operating under the much larger umbrella of adaptability. The idea that this transformation is necessitated by climatic conditions, and thereby cyclical (or seasonal) is important, since it implies a feature of growth and compression. As such, nature of a fluctuating environment and the constant variations in the severity of the cycles produces a set of constant differentiations.
More info: Polar Ants —Artic Research Facility

In attempting to redefine architecture as a living organism, the initial inspiration from natural and scientific processes concentrates on ideas of cyclical phase change and differentiation, all operating under the much larger umbrella of adaptability. The idea that this transformation is necessitated by climatic conditions, and thereby cyclical (or seasonal) is important, since it implies a feature of growth and compression. As such, nature of a fluctuating environment and the constant variations in the severity of the cycles produces a set of constant differentiations.

More info: Polar Ants —Artic Research Facility

Medianatures | Jussi Parikka aka @juspar (ed)
A “Living Book” on the Materiality of Information Technology and Electronic Waste.

Medianatures | Jussi Parikka aka @juspar (ed)

A “Living Book” on the Materiality of Information Technology and Electronic Waste.