30 ene 2011

The Frankfurt kitchen

Frankfurt kitchen was a milestone in domestic architecture, considered the fore-runner of modern fitted kitchens, for it realised for the first time a kitchen built after a unified concept, designed to enable efficient work and to be built at low cost. It was designed in 1926 by Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky for the social housing project Römerstadt in Frankfurt, Germany, of architect Ernst May. Some 10,000 units were built in the late 1920s in Frankfurt.

via Wikipedia

Postcard [Critical Journa Ep.15]

Seminar by Stephen Hawyard

This seminar help me a lot for reinforce the new project. Basicly we had to submit a postcard that will express the scenario for our project based on a hook question, which it was also based on 3 quotes...

My 3 quotes had to be realted with the 3 sides of the project:

1- Home & Self / 2- Technology / 3- Slow down

1) Home relates to the security of a provate enclave where one can be free and in control of ones life. By Mihaly Csikzentmhalyi.

2) It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceed our humanity. By Albert Einstein.
3) Living in the future should be more about (...) a space you will escape from hyperactivity. By Jem Van Berkel.

The scenario I has choosen is the Japanese Tea Ceremony as a perfect example that visalize how a ritual helps to slow down.

The post card will work as a token and by a Qcode you will be linked to a video that will help to to reflect on your answer to the hook question. As I am putting the user in his/her second virtual life this also will help to show how this two are nowadays easily connected, making it easier for the 2.0 to dominate of 1.0 life

One of the feed back was that slow is an antitechnology trend. My design should provide the choice to be slow or fast depending on his/her needs. I have to be aware that this trend can be seen also as a psychological pressure of running from technology.

The evolution of the heart from our home

“The hearth is the psychological center of the home.” Frank Lloyd Wright

In the early 60s television was clearly a social status symbol.

Image from the book The Open House

In the '00s the laptop/computer has become the core of our homes.

Image took by Petra Schmidt at her home (living room)

Is the tool that not only connects us with the outside,

also it has replaced the TV...

as the entertainment at our houses.

Insights about HOME

Home realtes with the roots of one being... it is a provate enclave where you feel free and in control.

Their main characteristics are: Confortable, Cosy and Relaxing.

Is an artifact crafted & cultivated.
Home= Relationship to the world.

Is a Church.

A place where you sek new ways to rest and regenerate.

The future of the House will be a collection of private rooms.

Changes: Critical Journal Ep.14

DVD cover: En el vientre materno de National Geographic

After the WIPQ I was in a profound crisis. I was not convinced of my project at all. I was seeing it to big, with the scale of an architecture urban project. In my head was in front of me an horizont looking into the future without being able to visualize which could be the outcome of all this months of research.

At the work in progress show I presented a future scenario where the city will be your home. With the development of a software that will be a mix between Fourthsquare, Twitter and Facebook the inhabitants of the city will be able to live as nomads. Issues caused by overpopulation will be solved by the creation of a community that will work in a net where the primary needs for a fulfilled live (eating, washing,etc) will be solved in a an enhance of sharing.

Derived from this hypothesis, issues with personal belongings appear. So in parallel to the software appears a storage service. It will work with a token based system where you will have a virtual space for that object to storage also the memories derived from that object.


All this approach to technology seen it as an Utopia based for me a second reflection about our relationship with networking technology and te need to slow down.
It matches with research that I did at the beginning about the concept of home, as a place which main purpose has to be the creation of self. And a recently approach to read about cyborg anthropology make change to see the project from the perspective of a "positive" dystopia.

My project is built in this need that some of us have to disconnect. To close the door to your 2.0 persona, who is going to be more and more integrated in our analog life with ubiquouss and AIm technology, and to take time to the creation of self. Through a ritual you will be able to slow down and be able to disconnect and see the laptop as a no business tool or a burden to the hyperconnectivity and create a new environment appropriate for reflection.

Tutorial with Ralph Ball.

28 ene 2011

Picture(s) of the week

January Jones at the Golden Globes...

...by Mario Testio, both in/for Versace

Men’s style

This is old... The gala was the first in a new event series celebrating all aspects of men’s style. amfAR Awards. On June 3, 2010, men’s black tie fashion was the focus of a runway show at the star studded amFAR Inspiration charity gala in New York.

I wanted to post this a long time a go as a reflection on who we have to advance in the men fashion style and get rid off prejudices.
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