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Month: September, 2012

Designing for experience, not for appearance

by gailiute


Because of poor acoustics, students in classrooms miss 50 percent of what their teachers say and patients in hospitals have trouble sleeping because they continually feel stressed. Julian Treasure sounds a call to action for designers to pay attention to the “invisible architecture” of sound.

Julian Treasure is the chair of the Sound Agency, a firm that advises worldwide businesses — offices, retailers, hotels — on how to use sound. He asks us to pay attention to the sounds that surround us. How do they make us feel: productive, stressed, energized, acquisitive?


Responsive cities: sharing capabilities

by gailiute

I just fell in love with the small folding responsive car ;)

How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.

Kent Larson has been the director of the MIT House_n  research consortium in the School of Architecture and Planning since 1998 and is also the current director of the MIT Media Lab’s Changing Places group. Both projects are dedicated to developing technologies that solve contemporary issues in the home, the workplace, and the city. Larson practiced architecture in New York City for 15 years and wrote for several architectural publications and the New York Times. In 2000, his book, Louis I. Kahn: Unbuilt Masterworks, was selected among the Ten Best Books in Architecture by the New York Times Review of Books. His current work has three focusses: responsive urban housing, ubiquitous technologies, and living lab experiments to test his group’s designs in practical environments.

Mapping 3.0 (infographics)

by gailiute

For the past couple of days I can not stop looking for interesting maps and infographics. There are millions of them, a lot of boring but many many are so eye- catching. A lot to learn from. It is impossible to put them all here – and no need to do that. Just some that I find nice.

Found here: http://infographiclist.com/

Found here: http://inspiredm.com/30-infographics-about-infographics/

Found here: http://www.pdviz.com/religions-world-map

Found here: http://www.pdviz.com/studio7



factory workers

by gailiute


Though this video is related with urbanism in really really remote way, I found it very interesting to watch.

In the ongoing debate about globalization, what’s been missing is the voices of workers — the millions of people who migrate to factories in China and other emerging countries to make goods sold all over the world. Reporter Leslie T. Chang sought out women who work in one of China’s booming megacities, and tells their stories.


This quotation breaks my prejudice that I had about these workers:

“Chinese workers are not forced into factories because of our insatiable desire for iPods. They choose to leave their homes in order to earn money, to learn new skills and to see the world.”

The shock of the new / nice episode on the modern movement in the US

by detlefprince

Mapping stereotypes 2.0

by gailiute

Following recent post about the satirical mapping from Alphadesigner, here comes the older maps with the same concept. One of my favourite ones is this one:

Designed and drawn by A. Belloquet; published in Brussels by Vincent in 1882

Image source: University of Amsterdam

Here are the links with a few more similar old satirical maps:



Jerry’s map

by gailiute

Some time ago I was thinking for a while what i perfect city would look like. well, maybe not a perfect, but the one that comes up only from your imagination. Mine would be partly on the gentle downhill with historical down town, one bottom-edge facing the waterfront of the huge lake (that on the other side transforms into the river or at least connects with other lake). packed with houses but with small pocket parks distributed densely throughout the city. And so on, and so on :)

The movie is about a man, who accidentally started drawing his own city and never stopped. for a few moments his talk about how his city transforms sounded very much like the real world behaviour.

Movie was found here:


Real time World statistics

by gailiute

Simple website showing current numbers on world population, economics, society & media, environment, food and many others. The best part of this website is that numbers changes constantly, some of which runs at an enormously huge speed.


Mapping stereotypes

by gailiute


One of the better blogs that made my day. Though some of the mappings are older, they are still very inspiring and entertaining. The rule that it is better to see it once than to hear it for 100 times applies here definitely. So enjoy!


Urbanism week in TU Delft – SECOND HAND CITIES

by urbanusdonatus

There are never enough of great lectures by tutors from every inch of the world. It seems that last year this event had a great success, so it could repeat this year! Workshops, lectures, debates. In the link given below you can find recorded lectures from last year. I already checked some of the lectures, one of the best for me was by Edward Soja. He criticized everything and everywhere, great speaker and philosofer. It is always good to get rid off practical matters and go to metropolitan scale thinking. Well, i will be there in any way and everyone can join, please do come to Delft if you have some guts and time.

Usually, the term “Second Hand” is associated with negative connotations; with the leftovers of other people, objects that have no value and are disposed because they are just gathering dust and taking space. For us this is not the case. We see in these objects (cities in this case) positive qualities that, if carefully explored can become a great asset.

Among the confirmed speakers: Joan Busquets ( BAU, municipality of Barcelona), Henk Ovink (Director for National Spatial Planning), Frits van Dongen (Architekten Cie, state architecture advisor), John Habraken (writer, theorist, former head of architecture at MIT), Duzan Doepel (Doepel Strijkers Architects), Santiago Cirugeda (Recetas Urbanas), Wouter Vanstiphout (Crimson, TU Delft), Atelier d’architecture autogérée, Bureau ZUS, Beatrice Mariolle (ENSA de Paris-Belleville, TU Delft) Bas van Oudheusden (Studio Underdogs), Michiel de Lange (The mobile city), Otto Trienekens (Veldacademie), Tjeerd Haccou (Space&Matter) and BNSPyoung. For the workshops, we will also get a chance to see a lithuanian team, who won Europan award.



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