Thinking, Watching, Drawing Motion

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A presentation to Wendy Ju's architecture seminar at UC Berkeley, Architecture and Motion. September 20, 2012.


  • 1. Thinking, Watching,and Drawing MotionElizabeth

2. THINKING MOTION 3. Motion = (Time, Location) 4. WATCHING MOTION 5. Setha LowOn the Plaza: The Politics of Public Space and Culture2000 6. Watching and talkingWe started by studying how people use plazas. We mounted time-lapse cameras overlooking the plazas and recorded daily patterns. We talked to people to find where they came from, where they worked, how frequently they used the place and what they thought of it. But mostly, we watched people to see what they did.William H. WhyteThe Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (1980) 7. Observing and recording 8. Existing data Travel time maps - London MySociety and Stamen Design 2007 9. Automated tracking Trash | Track MIT Senseable Cities 2009 10. REPRESENTING MOTION 11. Representing motionSYMBOL SYSTEMS 12. Arrows Louis Kahn Philadelphia Planning Study 1953 From Alison Smithson (ed.), Team 10 Primer (1968), 13. AlphabetsRudolf LabanSchrifttanz1928 14. Icons 15. Color-coding 16. Representing motionTRACES 17. TasksFrank and Lillian GilbrethMotion Study1913 18. HabitsAmsterdam Real Time Waag Society 19. Taxi cabsCabspottingExploratorium, Yellow Cab, andStamen Design2006 20. Flight patternsAaron KoblinFlight patterns2006 21. Representing motionINVISIBLE DYNAMICS 22. Internet trafficNatalie JeremijenkoLive WIt consists of an 8 foot piece of plasticspaghetti that hangs from a small electricmotor mounted in the ceiling. The motor iselectrically connected to a nearby Ethernetcable, so that each bit of information thatgoes past causes a tiny twitch of the motor. A 23. Wind Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas 2012 24. Representing motionUNDERMINING THE GRID 25. The cartographic conventions of the base map are an expression of a singular notion of urban space one that favors the street over the route, the static over the temporal, and the formal over the subjective. As locative media projects are created that build upon the datum of common base maps, they are structuring a collaborative notion of space within this predefined conception of the city. Alison SantRedefining the Basemap 2006 Vol6_No2_interactive_city_sant.htm 26. Guy DebordEmotional states Guide Psychogeographique de Paris (Psychographic Guide to Paris) 1957 27. DESIGN FROM MOTION 28. Nuage Yuki Kawamura 29. JetsamIntel 30. Trash can 31. Knowing when to stop America Revealed: Pizza Delivery PBS America 2012 32. ResourcesExperiments in Motion