To Do List

1. Make a set of slides or a video to show what the construction of semantic space and building consensus could look like from different points of view.  Develop Building Code Templates for the Building Service Performance project as an example of finding answers.


2. Map physical space onto semantic space and back again based on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Building Information Model (BIM) and depictions of the exhibition Places & Spaces: Mapping Science. The first iteration of Places & Spaces is installed indefinitely on the 10th floor of the National Science Foundation Headquarters in Arlington VA, sponsored by the Division of Chemistry in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the NSF BIM model was constructed by CaddMicrosystems in Springfield VA. Use of the NSF BIM has been approved by the Facilities Management Section at NSF expressly for the purpose described herein. Places & Spaces is curated by leading visualization scientist Katy Borner at Indiana University, refer to the project website below for the whole team, background information, and exhibition locations. The installation of the first iteration at NSF will serve as a starting point for a series of flythroughs. The model will assemble hundreds of carefully selected maps of science and related topics in various themes and sequences beginning with the view at the NSF 10th floor installation. Next, each area of science depicted in the maps will be tied back to their locations in the NSF building using the BIM and basic symbols representing computers, users, and research groups. Next, we will expand out to NSF funded research facilities around the country, then science around the world landing at the second iteration of the exhibition at the New York Public Library, Science Industry and Business Library, and the third iteration at the American Museum of Science and Industry in Oak Ridge Tennessee, 4th iteration in China and so on. Ten more maps and text accumulate in each mapping science theme. Ten themes are envisioned overall. Templates will be laid out for all previous and future exhibit showings to be explored in predetermined and on-the-fly sequences using BIM models along with our own models using geographic information systems (GIS), and other imaging/modeling software as required. The purpose is to evaluate exactly how BIM meshes with GIS and maps of science to see how these and other modes of documentation and presentation can be linked to draw and specify our designs.

Paint-by-number for Windows…Infinite Variety Shareware by SegPlay

3. A “Bridge Building” concept will be developed to catalog and compare similar types of music across seemingly different, but categorically similar, collections of music by graphically depicting musical qualities and registering geographic locations issuing forth this information. Projects by others of tremendous interest include the Music Genome Project by Pandora Media, Inc. and the free image sharing and tagging (including geographic tagging) site Flickr. The intention is to create and click through overview maps of constructed musical and imagery universes to define design goals and develop specifications of what constitutes optimal digital environments for public use. All aspects of the model will adhere to established methods of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The idea is to build a library of artistic elements in BIM to assign non-architectural objects architectural properties.


Picture of how different fractions can divide the number 1 by RicksMath





Install 100 maps of various types in a public place, ideally as a village center in a sustainable building project. If sufficient funds can be raised, also install with a computer to collect public opinion and provide Google Earth and similar exploration tools with a large database of maps.

Zoob’(bigger than, be ~) htoo, mtum-mtumii, sif, suur, taswiir (picture)

Translations from the Hausa Database by Franz Stoiber, 2001.


Lagos Map from Oyibosonline, the Expat’s Guide to Nigeria.

Educate and inspire the people of Lagos with a series of bigger pictures. Show the locations of local schools, universities, and training centers. Place Lagos, Nigeria, and Africa within the context of whole worlds of geography, science, and resources. Establish a bigger picture for the people of Lagos to see where they are and provide hope in the future.
Install 100 maps of various types in a public place. If sufficient funds can be raised, also install with a computer to collect public opinion and provide Google Earth and similar exploration tools with a large database of maps.

30 maps will be historical: the same maps going through time – some Africa, some Nigeria, some Lagos, some the whole world, one a street map where the exhibit is. The maps are identified by year, author, and title.


West Africa, London Times, Andree, Richard 1895, from the David Rumsey Collection.

30 maps will be future maps: maps of science from Places & Spaces, information visualizations, and other modern maps.

La “Mappa” Par fxds, jeudi 23 novembre 2006 ? 12:04 FXDS

30 maps will be current maps such as Google Earth, famine watch and other geographic information pertinent to Africa, Nigeria, and Lagos.


This image of the northern portion of the Nile River was captured by the Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) on January 30, 2001. The Nile is the longest river in the world, extending for about 6700 kilometers (4163 miles) from its headwaters in the highlands of eastern Africa. (Credit: NASA/GSFC/JPL)


10 maps will be contest winners, a competition open to all, run as a program in partnership with a local educational organization to be identified in collaboration with US consulate press officer Tim Gerhardson. The workshop to discuss and select the 10 winning maps and install the 90 selected maps is slated for July 2008.It is preferred for the exhibit to hang outside in a busy public area rather than inside a library or school. It should be a permanent installation. Specifications are being prepared to estimate prices. Proposals are being developed to submit to organizations interested in reaching out to people in Lagos, Nigeria, and Africa. If you can help, tax deductible donations are through the Network for Good, contact us with suggestions or volunteer your expertise to help the people of Lagos to think big and see there is a big world full of opportunity out there.


The Figure 5 in Gold by Charles Demuth in 1928 at University of Iowa Art 8G1 Gallery for a Literature Class


5. Tie it all together




Seeking hardware consultant and hardware to explore the possibilities of using modeling software for anyone, skilled or unskilled with computers, to design and model data relationships. The purpose is not to create visualizations of existing datasets, it is to demonstrate an envisioned method to create and document new designs in semantic space based on principles and best practices in physical space. Creating the multi-faceted model described below intended to lay the groundwork for fostering interdisciplinary alliances, establishing spatial standards, and developing consensus products for modern information architecture and data exchange. The demonstration will be comprised of three main illustrations:

Architectural Information: Drawings, specifications, code requirements and industry standards.

Ontologies: Domain representation, syntax, schema architecture and records management.

Graphs: Entity relationship diagrams, abstract structures and placeholders, logic and games.


Science: NSF BIM and Maps of Science described above above.
Music & Images: Bridge Building described above.
Cultures & Democracy: Where is Lagos described above.
Spectrum: Use modeling software to construct infinitely smash-able, reform-able, interchangeable and imaginary structures to emulate entire spectrums of idea and information exchange prior to plugging in exact real world details.



The arbitrary examples above will be organized and stored in a separate, dedicated server. Refer to the Technology Report for more information.

Each concept will be illustrated first by hand then using Rhino, Revit, tables, and combination documents likely to be finalizes in .tiff and .jpg formats.

Various concepts will be assembled and compared over time in spirals, spheres, and other shapes to determine which forms are most suited to the applications shown.


A select set of sequences, demonstrations, and clickable maps will be presented on an expanded, more interactive Accuracy&Aesthetics website.

Exhibits will be designed and equipment sought to present and broadcast the results in immersive form to a variety of experts, members of the general public, and appropriate discussion boards and technical conferences to refine the early concepts into standards forms.


Feedback will be collected from a wide range of people via the website and live demonstrations.

Performance specifications will be written, organized and tied to the drawings and model using a system of keynotes. The specifications are initially classified as follows:

MasterFormat 2004 – Division 27, Communications

UniformatII – Table D, Services

OmniClass – Table 36, Information

One of the first efforts will be to map between the standards above. This map will be made available via our website and sent to organizations and individuals working with these systems who have indicated such a map between the three main construction standards does not exist.

Encoding methods, colors, lines, layers, ontological and network engineering, drawing standards, mathematics and formal logic will be developed by solving problems raised by defining the inner workings of the proposed model.


One of the first efforts will be to map between the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) standards above. This map will be made available via our website and submitted to organizations and individuals working with these consensus products that have indicated such a map between existing classification systems does not exist. We believe important, rapidly changing relationships between industry standards and the practice of architecture can be accurately shown, efficiently managed, and realistically interpreted using existing systems.


Sesame Street Book of Numbers


See Figure 6 for ultimate goal.

See history page for past projects and thank you for your interest!


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