To Parsons, maps can be so much more than maps. They can be all the information that exists in physical space, and then a layer of intelligence that can put that information to use. He says in the interview, “How can we almost predict the sorts of information that you’re going to need in your day to day life? Can I say, uh well, this morning you’ve got an extra 20 minutes to have your breakfast cereal because the train you normally take has been delayed. You haven’t asked me that, but I know because of what you do usually, and I’ve got these various feeds of data that are contextual. I can start to make those decisions for you.” Of course, he notes, Google’s going to have proceed with caution as it rolls out these kinds of services because “there’s kind of a fine line that you run between this being really useful and it being creepy.” That’s going to be pretty tough to get around.
Luzinterruptus is an anonymous artistic group in Madrid who seek to highlight problems within the city using a wide variety of temporary light-based installations. The group is headed up by a duo including an artist and a photographer who have been using their art to create awareness of social and environmental issues since 2008. Via their website:
We began to act on the streets of Madrid at the end of 2008 with had the simple idea of focusing people´s attention by using light on problems that we found in the city and that seem to go unnoticed to the authorities and citizens. But everything that we do does not have a subversive aim. Sometimes we simply want to embellish, or to highlight anonymous places or corners that seem special or objects to which we think extraordinary artistic value, although they have been left on the streets for unknown seasons, with artistic intention, by anonymous people.
From memorializing a public swimming pool taken from a community with empty governmental promises of a new one, to ghostly commentary on nuclear power, I find their work to be fun, original and always a pleasure to discover. Shown above is just a glimpse of my favorite five of their works, so make sure to check out their blog or Facebook to see dozens more.
Utopian thinking and architecture go hand in hand. Envisioning a new world and exploring how its new conditions can best be organized are an architects’ core business after all. This is not only so because architects imagine futures as they could be or, more often, as they should be, but also because architecture is the ultimate way for a new political or social order to express itself. As such, architectural utopian thinking has been under close scrutiny in our late modern society. During Failed Architecture #8, we did not only want to put utopia to trial once again, but we also wanted to take a look at how current architects peer into the future.
Nike is outfitting the American team with environmentally-friendly uniforms for the games set to begin next month.
The basketball uniform Team USA will wear in London is white, but the concept is green.
“It’s made out of 22 recycled [plastic] bottles, the same drinking bottles that we all know of,” Nike Global Creative Director Marin Lotti said.
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When the country elected Barack Obama just four years ago, Twitter was a fledgling startup. During the campaign, Obama overtook Kevin Rose as the most followed person on Twitter, passing him at 56,482 followers.
Five years ago, according to Pew, less than half of Americans used email daily; less than a third used a search engine.
YouTube was founded in 2005 and Facebook in 2004 — and it would be a while after that until they became such integral parts of our day-to-day Internet experience.
Today nearly half of Americans own a smartphone. The iPhone is five years old.