How our physical and digital environments change how we behave and even who we are. An examination of how architecture and
PLACES MAKE US Christina Wodtke @cwodtke
A LOVELY STORY the house shelters daydreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
CLOSE YOUR EYES REMEMBER YOUR FIRST HOUSE WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER?
My first house in Iowa City was scheduled to be torn down to be replaced by apartments. We lived month to month, not knowing when wed move out. I learned that many of the most precious things in life arent forever. Ive never loved a house so much.
Internet as New Third Place? All great societies provide informal meeting places, like the Forum in ancient Rome or a contemporary English pub. But since World War II, America has ceased doing so. The neighborhood tavern hasn't followed the middle class out to the suburbs... -- Ray Oldenburg
B=f(P,E) Behavior is a function of a Person and his Environment Lewins Equation
205 Structure Follows Social Spaces Conflict No building ever feels right to the people in it unless the physical spaces (defined by columns, walls, and ceilings) are congruent with the social spaces (defined by activities and human groups). Resolution A first principle of construction; on no account allow the engineering to dictate the building's form. Place the load bearing elements- the columns and the walls and floors- according to the social spaces of the building; never modify the social spaces to conform to the engineering structure of the building.
The wide stairs make room for socialization, without impeding travel. This is a natural gathering spot. Flamingo Hotel in Vegas taken by Erin Malone at the IA Summit
Durability Durability will be assured when foundations are carried down to the solid ground and materials wisely and liberally selected Vitruvius
Frank Lloyd Wrights Imperial Hotel, Japan, survived an earthquake
Im searching for my architect, not movies, directors, actors Technical Earthquakes
Social Earthquakes If people post jobs in discussion areas, any user can move them to job board If people use connection invites to spam/market, they can be reported.
Convenience When the arrangement of the apartments is faultless and presents no hindrance to use, and when each class of building is assigned to its suitable and appropriate exposure Vitruvius Sound familiar? Were talking usability!
Googles important and unread makes it much more convenient for me to keep up Medium keeps core tools close while I work
Is that all there is?
Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change. Frank Lloyd Wright
Bilbao did not leak. I was so proud.
I call it the "Then What?" Okay, you solved all the problems, you did all the stuff, you made nice, you loved your clients, you loved the materials, you loved the city, you're a good guy, you're a good person... and then what? What do you bring to it? See his great TED talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/frank_gehry_asks_then_what.html
Beauty (delight) when the appearance of the work is pleasing and in good taste, and when its members are in due proportion according to correct principles of symmetry. Vitrvius
Less is more. ~ Mies
SEAGRAM BUILDING (Philip Johnson did interiors, 1957) This logical and elegant 38story skyscraper (525' H) has alternating horizontal bands of bronze plating and bronze-tinted glass and decorative bronze Ibeams which emphasize its verticality. Placed to the rear of its site and set back from Park Avenue, it incorporates a large plaza in the front as part of the design--thus avoiding the need for set-backs. It uses granite pillars at the base and has a two-story glass-enclosed lobby. Seagram Building New York City 1957 Is this Beautiful?
Less is a bore. ~ Venturi
Is this Beautiful?
Do we dictate what is beautiful by constraining user choice?
Or support passionate use that may not meet our aesthetic standards?
Beautiful Durable Convenient
Lessons from Architects INNOVATION
Identity Social Space Activity Relationships Distribution (Viral)
Humans dont like empty spaces. Create starter objects newsfeeds can be good.
Julia Morgan First Bay Tradition Natural material from site Traditional Craft Integrate in surrounds by Julia Morgan Asilomar, built Each building a in the dunes of Pacific Grove unique workall found on-site, of with materials art seems to have grown out of the land it inhabits.
Site=Context Facebook- Personal On the internet, site=context. Facebook is about being personal, playful, and selfagrandizingLinkedIN - Professional
Site=Context Linkedin is about being professional, serious, representational and promotional Facebook- Personal LinkedIN It grows out of the- Professional resume.
Servant and Served Spaces I do not like ducts; I do not like pipes. I hate them really thoroughly, but because I hate them so thoroughly, I feel they have to be given their place. If I just hated them and took no care, I think they would invade the building and completely destroy it. The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn, 1962
Services (settings, in this case) are separated from served)
Services intergraded with served is easier to comprehend and use
Centre Pompidou was designed with services revealed rather than hidden
Services (the statistics usually only accessed by employees] are made visiable
Views Hey, its the Arc de Triomphe!
Views into peoples lives
Views into the service before you sign up
Speed 5 mph 25mph 60mph
Speed 60mph 25mph 5 mph
Structure And if you think of Brick, for instance, and you say to Brick, "What do you want Brick?" And Brick says to you "I like an Arch." And if you say to Brick "Look, arches are expensive, and I can use a concrete lintel over you. What do you think of that?" "Brick?" Brick says: "... I like an Arch" It s important to honor the material. Louis
This is a tall page
Flipboard moves in a variety of directions
Even if you use the wrong gesture, Flipboard reacts correctly.
Gehry has been inspired recently by fish. What would a website be if it was a fish? Sound silly?
His masterwork in Bilbao is the result of his chasing fish. Its a school of abstract fish.
Emotion of spaces POETICS
What do you associate with a nest? What feelings? What memories?
It nests at the end of a tunnel bored by itself in a bank. There, six or eight white and translucent eggs are laid, on fishbones not on bare clay, on bones thrown up in pellets by the birds. On these rejectamenta (as they accumulate they form a cupshaped structure) the young are born. And, as they are fed and grow, this nest of excrement and decayed fish becomes a dripping, fetid mass Charles Olson uses the kingfisher nest to play against the sense of security nests give us.
The last homely house plays with our feelings of home and loss and preciousness
DOES THE INTERNET HAVE A HEARTLAND?
Personality POETICS FOR PLACES ONLINE 73
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHEN YOU THINK OF PAINTING?
HereControl, power,poetics of power, of mastery Poetics: is the precision 75
But here are the poetics of sketching: playful, lose and simple 76 Values: Lightweight, easy, sketchy, imprecise
But the mixer comes from the poetics of polished and power. It breaks the mood.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU THINK OF WRITING?
Word is about power, control, precision 79
OmmWriter Beauty, peace, zen OmmWriter plays soft chimes, setting a mood of the artists way 80
Iawriters poetics invokes Hemmingway and Wolfe. Serious, typewritten, the labor of words 81
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU THINK OF SOCIAL?
What is twitter?
What is facebook?
The parlor, where one entertains.
What is Linkedin?
The Office (Hi Bob!)
KNOW YOUR PRINCIPLES KNOW YOUR MEDIUM KNOW YOUR POETICS BE TRUE
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