Online Education and Digital Storytelling

Mercedes Bell, a researcher for onlineuniversities.com, shared an article The Art of Digital Storytelling. The article makes several good points and provides numerous examples graphed below. When digital storytelling is used for education, a new challenge today is keeping the reader engaged, without clicking away, wandering through so many loosely related topics, its easy to […]

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Connections versus Flow

Each of these arrows can be like the telephone game, something important and subtle lost. Which of these is a better model    

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Physics of Data Flow

Welcome new subscribers! Last week the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Northern Virginia Chapter (CSI NOVA) welcomed scientists from the NIST Fire Research Lab to give a talk about fire simulations and the new test facility. NIST’s Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) A couple simulations were of just the fires themselves rather than walls, furniture, elevator shafts […]

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Taking Apart and Putting Back Together in a Repeatable Process

Taking an idea apart can be very informative. Especially when various parts need to be updated and optimized, continually changing like software releases.

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Emergent versus Imposed Boundaries

Not only watch how the semantic web is emerging, but to direct it’s flow in productive ways, geared for people in different areas that may vary widely in their density and resources, rather than as one empire. Because that only causes trouble in the long run.

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Time Based Analysis of US Healthcare Reforms

Below is a time based analysis of the US Healthcare Reforms created by Frank Snyder, a physicist who worked in thinking machines and computer vision and now spends his time traveling the world and thinking about anthropology and religion. Image below see the link for the Google Doc. Whole Building Design Guide, Clinical Relationships. A […]

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Spending More Time with Better Information

There needs to be a better way to get a longer perspective on what surrounds ideas and information. Where they came from, how they have evolved, and which parts need to stay connected so they can hold together and stand the test of time.

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Open Standards Development Process

Based on conversation with Louis Hecht at the Open Geospatial Consortium, to develop a system for delivering open floor plan drawings of buildings to fire departments in their truck would require all of the steps above.

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IT Graffiti in Public Buildings

The interface between Information Technology and the real world is not always seamless. Below are images provided by Frank and Jane Snyder on their trip across the United States visiting state capitols and presidential libraries. Where unfortunately, architectural beauty can be blunted by shocking displays of IT graffiti in the form of out-of-place computer/video/audio equipment […]

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Change and Grow at Different Rates 2

In “A Request for Technology In Support of an AECOO Testbed”, (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owner and Operator) the buildingSMART alliance and Open Geospatial Consortium OGC envision: “… an idea around BIM as not simply a collection of files, or objects, but rather a collection of evolving business components and building systems, which grow and change […]

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Smart Grid / Dumb Grid

it seems possible that a Smart Grid could be achieved. However, the reality is some places barely can move power around still. Whats the best way for these places to be able to leap frog forward, skipping entire generations of innovation, to get directly to a Smart Grid, Smart City, Smart Buildings, Smart Building-to-Grid Interfaces?

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Digital Continuity

ABOVE: Nature-2 (rough).jpg @ 50% (Gray) BELOW: Untitled-1 @ 33.3% (Layer 4, Gray) Both by Bruce MacPherson, work-in-progress sketches for the MathFactory, for Gallagher & Associates Design Proposal ___________________ Below is the introduction from Time & Bits, Managing Digital Continuity edited by Margaret MacLean and Ben H. Davis, an eternity ago in 1998 for the […]

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23 MVDs

The National Building Information Modeling Standard will be comprised of different parts.  Works in progress to standardize certain ways of looking at things in the AEC/FM Architecture Engineering Construction Facility Management Industry are Model View Definitions using IFC Industry Foundation Classes and IFC based solutions for data exchange. Currently there are 23 MVD‘s in progress. […]

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Innovative Architecture

Today’s largest, most pressing architectural challenge is what to do with all the linked open data becoming available.There is a possibility people can accomplish great things by getting collectively smarter and more inquisitive. What have innovative architects done before in similar situations? What is the difference between the collective versus universal intelligence that may result […]

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What Does That Line Mean?

Architectural drawings contain graphical information explained in more detail in the specifications. For example, waterproofing is just a line on the drawings designated “WP” but up to 50 pages in the specifications.  Specifications became necessary when buildings got more complex, the entirety of the intended work results could not be captured in drawings without the […]

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Top 9 Unique Structures

Aqua, to be completed in 2009 Chicago USA: This skyscraper will seem traditional from a distance, however up close, the ripple/jelly effect created by variously sized balconies becomes evident from top to bottom.Chicago Spire, to be completed in 2010 Chicago USA: Will be the world’s tallest residential building and the tallest building of any kind […]

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BIMstorm.NBIMS.OGC.OOR.Flickr

There is a gathering storm to document space in the physical world that will eventually impact, or help to form and track, the development of the semantic world. Go see BIMstorm ~ here are some reports. BIMstorm is a series of spontaneous 24 hour long collaborations organized by the Onuma Planning System. The participants don’t […]

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Small Collection of Green Things

From ASCI Tree Mountain – A Living Time Capsule-11,000 Trees, 11,000 People, 400 Years, 1992-1996; (420 x 270 x 28 meters), Yljrvi, Finland by Agnes Denes Tree Mountain – A Living Time Capsule: Aerial View digital print based on original design drawing 35″h x 96″w, 1983 ?Agnes Denes Detail Detail Eleven thousand trees were planted […]

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Breaking into Constructable Parts

Favorite quote from Edward J. Barkmeyer in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division at National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) “….the problem is that Internet is still the big city of the Middle Ages. We know how to build all kinds of buildings and we have a lot of demand for them and a lot […]

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Carbon Dating / Digital Information

The Rooms from Daily Dose of Imagery Semantic architecture is not like physical architecture because evidence of previous or alternate use is hard to find.  There is little reason to study older digital archiving or exchange requirements.  There is no carbon footprint equivalent to measure over time yet. Theosophical Publishing House   Ideas and information are published, […]

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Curved Logic Diagrams

The beauty of the single layer circuit.

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Gothamberg

Turbulence Commission: “Gothamberg” by Martin Wattenberg and Marek Walczak, with Chuck Crow, Johanna Kindvall, Warren Lehrer, Christiane Paul and Vivian Selbo. Everyone who has lived in an apartment has a story to tell. “Gothamberg” is a place to read, interact and exchange stories of lives in apartment buildings. Together, these tales of unwanted sounds and […]

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Net-malls

These are images from my daughter, the architect Laura Spinadel. She is leading two enterprises, BUSarchitektur and BOA (multimedia). The designs will be presented as follows: She and 5 architects from her studio will present a Workshop on the subject “Net-malls porte?os” at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Dise?o y Urbanismo, University of Buenos Aires, from […]

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