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Tuesday, December 27

  1. page READINGS edited ... W08-2 Bruno Latour-From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik or How to Make Things Public {W08-2 Bruno …
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    W08-2 Bruno Latour-From Realpolitik to Dingpolitik or How to Make Things Public
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    Mediator: Anne Schmidt aschmidt@gsd.harvard.edu
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    not ignore theth e representational strategies
    Latour introduces a new approach, by suggesting to directly address the latter rather than the matters of fact. Where objects used to be looked at as a literally matters-of-fact, this is false, or at least too narrow of a view on the matter. He points out that it has always been ‘things’ that brought people together, because things divide. It is time to go back to things.
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    What if objects themselves can gather, spread and claim issues, turning each other into matters of concern?
    How can we get involved in Dingpolitik?
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    What is the value of polemical and speculative thinking in terms of our own class projects and how can we think about the models that emerged from the Delos convention when designing the extreme visions for our projects?
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    designs today.
    The class also discussed the significance of the Delos convention as a seven day cruise, talking about the metaphorical implications of water and its structure (or the lack of it) when applied to the networked principle.
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    The use of metaphor and analogy in the representation of the public sphere has been utilized throughout the 20th century. With the emergence of the internet and the advanced programming language, Warren Sack describes the evolving metonymy that disparate metaphors have contributed to our understanding of the discourse of the public sphere. Beginning in the 1920s, Sack observes a narrative approach with Walter Lippmann. Lippmann compares the idea of public opinion to a union of the set of pictures in the minds of individuals. Beyond Lippmann and with a more statistical approach to understanding the public, Sack lists the other disparate analogies that have been used to describe the public: a physical system or mass, a thermodynamic system, an ecology, an organism and a network. With the advent of modern transportation and communication technologies in the latter half of the 20th Century, the networked metaphors take on a more significant meaning. As a consequence, John Dewey contends that these new connections established by modern technology form and divide coalitions of people into differing publics. Noortje Marres provides a critical stance towards the views of Dewey and Lippmann and posits that these metaphors have been relatively weak until they are coupled with technologies of representation that can extend their meaning into more process oriented descriptions. Marres offers to address the representation shortcomings by offering a new metaphor – “object-oriented democratic politics” – which borrows internet programming language to associate a process to a specific object. Sack demonstrates this example as a way to imbue additional meaning and agency in the metonymy of the public sphere in an internet age.
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    5 years hashave elapsed since
    2. In an age where social networking has provided a crucial platform as an instrument for organizing publics, (i.e. especially in organizing protest movements such as the “Arab Spring” and “Occupy Movement”) the metaphor of the network has itself become a process of organization and negotiation. Can the metaphor and instrument be one of the same?
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    Mediator: Anne aschmidt@gsd.harvard.edu
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    HereWe are accustomed to a concept of democracy, which focuses on a type of representation, i.e. the representation of the people or of the interests of people whose conflicts are resolved in parlament. The new concept of the political discussed in this text does not ignore the representational strategies of art and science. Instead of searching for more democracy only in the realm of professional politics, attention is wherebeing drawn to the new atmospheric conditions of democracy, to a brief summerycomplex set of technologies, interfaces, platforms, networks and media that allow things to become public. In other non-Western traditions, in political philosophy, in web-based spaces etc., many other ways of reacting politically are very common, of which parliaments are only a part. So why not try an 'object-oriented democracy' and 'get back to things'? Within the paper goes (200 words)res publica, the focus until now has been on the how and not on the what – the matter-of-concern – that allows for politics.
    Latour introduces a new approach, by suggesting to directly address the latter rather than the matters of fact. Where objects used to be looked at as a literally matters-of-fact, this is false, or at least too narrow of a view on the matter. He points out that it has always been ‘things’ that brought people together, because things divide. It is time to go back to things.

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    Here is where the questionsWhat if objects themselves can gather, spread and points that you noted during your presentation goesclaim issues, turning each other into matters of concern?
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    W08-3 Marc Tuters and Kazys Varnelis-Beyond Locative Media Giving Shape to the Internet of Things
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    W06-2 Mark Wigley_Network Fever
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    Mediator: SUMONA student emailSumona Chakravarty schakrav@gsd.harvard.edu
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    Here is whereMark Wigley's paper 'Network Fever' describes how the contemporary discussions about 'networked' urban design and architecture are an echo of the pioneering thinking around networked systems propogated by Buckminster Fuller and Marshall McLuhan in the early sixties. The article talks about the Delos convention organized by Constantinos Doxiadis and Jacqueline Tyrwhitt and the dialogue that emerged from these events. McLuhan's visionary talk at the first convention on networks as an extension of human biology and the next stage in evolution sparked the discussions at the convention. His ideas also resonated with Fuller's work on designing world wide dwelling services networks based on telephone networks. Over the next decade the members of the convention like Doxiadis, members of CIAM and Team 10, Koichi Tonuma, Kenzo Tange and Archigram expanded on McLuhans ideas on networks as prosthetics and Fuller's on networked design. Some of the key ideas that emerged were the concept of a brief summerynetwork as a web rather than a grid, the idea of a global network, Doxiadis' work on growth as movement from one node in the paper goes (200 words)network to the other and the use of computation in architecture. Although most of these ideas were mostly only polemical and did not extend into real world designs, the author stresses on the value of this speculative thinking and emphasizes its influence on architects and designers today. As in the sixties, the author states, even today the 'Network Fever' is centered around the powerful possibility of a space that is not merely occupied by networks or superimposed by them, but a space that is "replaced by that of overlapping networks, within which physical space only appears as a fragile artefact of effect."
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    HereWhat is where the questionsvalue of polemical and pointsspeculative thinking in terms of our own class projects and how can we think about the models that you noted during your presentation goes
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    emerged from the Delos convention when designing the extreme visions for our projects?
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    The class criticized the authors claim that present discussions about networks are mere echoes of the past. The contemporary ideas about networks go beyond the idea of physical space as
    a summery"fragile artifact or effect", to the concept of discussionsmarrying bits and bytes and this shift in networked thinking creates the possibility of translating some of the mere speculative thinking of the sixties to real world designs today.
    The class also discussed the significance of the Delos convention as a seven day cruise, talking about the metaphorical implications of water and its structure (or the lack of it) when applied to the networked principle.

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    W06-3 Anthony Dunne_Hertzian Space
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Monday, December 26

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    The author mentioned "the end of history" in the article, What is the problem of “the end of history”? What the extreme version of the end of history?What can we do with this condition?
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    W07-3 Selected Chapters from Antoine Picon - Digital Culture in Architecture
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    Mediator: Hailong student emailhwu1@gsd.harvard.edu
    Abstract:
    HereWhat is where a brief summerythe relation between digital- shape cities and industry-shaped city?
    Several ideas had been brought before, such as 1. urban life that regaining its peacefulness with electronic intercourse taking over physical circulation; 2. Sprawl and other more radical forms
    of dispersion; 3. New urban society with declining physical basis.
    However none of them seem to be correct in current reality, according to
    the paper goes (200 words)author, and he proposes three characteristics that distinguish the digital age city
    The first one regards the more and more individual nature of urban life;
    A second emergent feature has to do with the rapid development of virtual spaces;
    Third, the importance of occurrences and events as defining elements of urban life and the prospects of urban development.
    Finally, the author proposes the “A SPLINTERED CITY” within the process of Double process of local fragmentation and global connection.

    Questions:
    HereThe author mentioned "the end of history" in the article, What is where the questions and points that you note d during your presentation goesproblem of “the end of history”? What the extreme version of the end of history?What can we do with this condition?
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    HereThe traditional city was full of events, but they were counterbalanced by a lot of resistance, beginning with the inertia of built objects and spaces. In this suspended state of perpetual present, a fundamental lack of inertia. A world that is where you provideover-sensitive to micro-change, a world without inertia. We may, therefore, have to reinvent a summeryconception of discussionsdigital media not only as tools for immediate interaction but as means to promote delay, even opacity
    It’s very provoking to think about design as media to obstruct physical and information flow to make necessary buffer and trace in order to preserve most ancient human experiences and notions.

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