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Juxtaposing Dynamic Forms

Below are images from Dale Chihuly’s Gardens and Glass installed at botanical gardens all over the world. Perfect juxtapositions of beautifully crafted objects, once fluid and rapidly changing, now fixed in time. Purposefully and collaboratively placed in similar backgrounds. The living objects continue to slowly change and grow in ways that are impossible to observe in a single visit. The now-fixed and eternally-changing are simply together, enhancing each other’s beauty, creating a place.

What can designers of modern, fluid, information patterns learn from this stunning collaboration between botany and art? How can cleaning your data and preparing records for deep, widely distributed archiving feel more like working in your garden? If dynamic growing data collections could be shown, and tended to, in forms that were able to be made more beautiful over time…what do newly fixed data structures look and act like in context of slowly changing knowledge domains forming beautifully tended backgrounds?

To really see, be surrounded by, experience and wonder for yourself, please go to the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh PA before November 11, 2007 – where juxtaposing dynamic forms is made real.


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Finishing Touches


If ideas and information can be cared for like a garden over long periods of time, we need simpler tools to assemble the essential elements and finishing touches needed to create memorable semantic spaces.

The current digital world is not set up to cultivate reflective and contemplative places able to transcend any one person or organization’s lifetime yet.

New, special processes and requirements need to be defined to span the boundaries of multiple communities, create new knowledge together, and accelerate our knowledge flows.
What Is the Knowledge Garden

This Knowledge Garden is a public service of Community Intelligence Labs, a part of the global commons. Here we explore ideas that span the boundaries of multiple communities, create new knowledge together, and accelerate our knowledge flows.

The Knowledge Garden is continuously seeded with thought-provoking articles, interviews, research papers, slide presentations and work-in-progress documents by the CoIL team, our friends, allies, and partners.

Depending on how much attention those seeds will receive from you and other users and members, some of them may turn into fast-growing, robust plants, others will not. Welcome to our participatory collective intelligence!

Not only the content, but the structure of the Knowledge Garden too is evolving with our deepening understanding of the relationships between the knowledge domains–and their corresponding communities of practice–represented here. Currently we feature the following knowledge domains:

Communities of Practice

Generative Leadership Strategies

Intellectual Capital

Knowledge Ecology

Organizational Intelligence

Virtual Communities

If you want to have some fun, take a trip over to the Flying Carpet, and allow yourself to become inspired by the collected bits of wisdom and high-flying adventure awaiting you there.


IMAGE: A Stream in The Ginkakuji Garden by S.O.D.A.

Ginkakuji was constructed as a Buddhist temple using Kinkakuji as a model. It was originally intended to have silver lining, but because of the Onin War it was never completed.

The complex has a large Zen sand garden with a pile of sand symbolizing Mount Fuji on one end, and a large wooded and moss garden stands behind the main area.

I personally think the gardens are the main reason to come to Ginkakuji, although the incomplete pavilion stands as an interesting contrast to the almost gaudy Golden Pavailion.

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