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Urban Communications: making things public

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Urban Communications: making things public

  1. 1. “The new urban design task is not one of configuring buildings, streets, and public spaces to meet the needs and aspirations of the civitas, but one of writing computer code and deploying software objects to create virtual places” CITY OF BITS
  2. 2. GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONSSource: unesco.org/silkroad
  3. 3. Source: datacenterknowledge.com PHYSICAL NODES
  4. 4. THE BIAS OF COMMUNICATION BABYLONIAN TABLET britishmuseum.org EGYPTIAN PAPYRUS britishmuseum.org
  5. 5. "Until writing was invented, men lived in acoustic space: boundless, directionless, horizonless... The goose quill put an end to talk. It abolished mystery; it gave architecture and towns" THE MEDIUM IS THE MASSAGE
  6. 6. “Merchants outgrew the confining framework of the towns and in the form of companies linked themselves directly with the state" THE PUBLIC SPHERE
  7. 7. THE DEATH OF THE REAL?
  8. 8. THE DEATH OF THE REAL?
  9. 9. Civil inattention: “the slightest of interpersonal rituals, yet one that constantly regulates the social intercourse of persons in our society” Newspapers and magazines "[allow] us to carry around a screen that can be raised at any time to give ourselves and others an excuse for not initiating contact" BEHAVIOUR IN PUBLIC PLACES
  10. 10. Civil inattention: “the slightest of interpersonal rituals, yet one that constantly regulates the social intercourse of persons in our society” Newspapers and magazines "[allow] us to carry around a screen that can be raised at any time to give ourselves and others an excuse for not initiating contact" BEHAVIOUR IN PUBLIC PLACES
  11. 11. STAGED COMMUNICATIONS EVENTS
  12. 12. STAGED COMMUNICATIONS SPACES
  13. 13. STAGED COMMUNICATIONS SPACES LOCAL STORYTELLING
  14. 14. STAGED COMMUNICATIONS SPACES LOCAL STORYTELLING “The presence of others who see what we see and hear what we hear assures us of the reality of the world and ourselves” Hannah Arendt (1958) The key element is that the neighbourhood is the referent. They are stories about ‘us’ in ‘this geographical space’. Such stories are the building blocks of the ability to ‘imagine’ an area as a community Yong-Chan Kim and Sandra J. Ball-Rokeach (2006)
  15. 15. LOCAL NETWORKS Twitter discussion of #Brockley LOCAL NETWORKS
  16. 16. LOCAL NETWORKS @BrockleyCentral followers Stephen Law & John Bingham-Hall
  17. 17. LOCAL NETWORKS
  18. 18. LOCAL NETWORKS
  19. 19. BIBLIOGRAPHY Arendt, H., 1987. The Public Realm: The Common, in: Lilla, M., Glazer, N. (Eds.), The Public Face of Architecture. The Free Press, London & New York, pp. 4–12. Cairncross, F., 2001. The Death of Distance 2.0: How the Communications Revolution Will Change Our Lives. Texere, London & New York. Converse, P.E., 1967. The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics, in: Apter, D.E. (Ed.), Ideology and Discontent. Free Press, New York, pp. 206–261. Cooper, D., 2006. “ Sometimes a community and sometimes a battlefield”: from the comedic public sphere to the commons of Speakers’ Corner. Environ. Plan. D 24, 753. Couldry, N., 2002. Media Rituals: A Critical Approach. Routledge, Abingdon. De Sola Pool, I., 1977. The Social impact of the telephone. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA. Glaeser, E., Scheinkman, J., 2000. The Future of Urban Economics: Non-Market Interactions. Brook.-Whart. Pap. Urban Aff. 101–150. Goffman, E., 1966. Behavior in Public Places. Simon and Schuster, New York City. Habermas, J., 1991. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry Into a Category of Bourgeois Society. MIT Press. Hillier, B., 1997. Cities as movement economies. Intell. Environ. Spat. Asp. Inf. Revolut. North Holl. Amst. Neth. 295–342. Innis, H.A., 1951. The Bias of Communication, 2nd ed. University of Toronto Press, Toronto. Law, J., Williams, K., Sukhdev, J., 2014. From Publics to Congregations (No. 138), CRESC Working Papers. CRESC, Manchester & Milton Keynes. McLuhan, M., Fiore, Q., 1967. The Medium is the Massage: an inventory of effects. Penguin, London. Mitchell, W.J., 1996. City of bits : space, place, and the infobahn. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA & London. Pearlman, N., 2010. Downloading and Uploading: the foundations of public space, in: Boullet, V. (Ed.), The Sound of Downloading Makes Me Want to Upload. Lauren Monchar. Zook, M., 2005. The Geography of the Internet. Blackwell, Oxford. Zukin, S., 1996. The Cultures of Cities. Wiley.

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