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Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds
Social practices grasped through their spatial and temporal dimensions: the interweaving of spatial, temporal and social practices
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MA Narrative Environments | a Central Saint Martins course that challenges how stories are told in cultural and commercial spaces

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MA Narrative Environments is a Central Saint Martins course that challenges how stories are told in cultural and commercial spaces 

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American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years

American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

Thomas Piketty raised the Big Questions this year about democracy and inequality. Some students and Jedediah Purdy went looking for answers.

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Second Home review: a good day at the office

Second Home review: a good day at the office | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
This elegant curated workspace for ‘creative nomads’ by SelgasCano stops just the right side of kitsch, writes Rowan Moore
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Independent Library Report for England - Publications - GOV.UK

Independent Library Report for England - Publications - GOV.UK | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
Independent Library Report for England published 18 December 2014.
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Simon Anholt interview: super-national spaces

Simon Anholt interview: super-national spaces | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

Simon Anholt’s party is called the Good Country Party. It is based on a simple premise. Globalisation, the great shaping idea of our time, has so far, Anholt argues, been driven entirely by corporations and technology. Popular politics has failed to create super-national spaces or structures to balance and counter those forces, or find solutions to the problems they create. The Good Country Party will be, he hopes, the first such place.

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sevensixfive: Spatial Intervention: Five Moments from #occupy

sevensixfive: Spatial Intervention: Five Moments from #occupy | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

Some aspects of #occupy that stand out for their implications about the rough edges and overlaps in political control, spatial practice, spatial design, and spatial intervention:

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100 Buildings, 100 Years review – ‘A battle between modernism and tradition’

100 Buildings, 100 Years review – ‘A battle between modernism and tradition’ | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
What are the best British buildings of the last century? And do the critics’ favourites match those of the people, asks Simon Jenkins
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Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet” - The New Yorker

Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet” - The New Yorker | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

For the past decade, Kenneth Goldsmith has been teaching a class at the University of Pennsylvania called “Uncreative Writing,” where students are forced to plagiarize, appropriate, and steal texts that they haven’t written and claim them as their own. For a final assignment, he requires them to buy a paper from a paper mill, put their name on it, and defend it as their own—surely the most forbidden act in academia. In the class, students are penalized for originality, sincerity, and creativity.

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The Neighborhood Effect | Boston Review

The Neighborhood Effect | Boston Review | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

Increasingly, researchers have identified the places—the communities, neighborhoods, blocks—where people live as a factor in slowing economic mobility.


Research by NYU sociologist Patrick Sharkey suggest that a bad environment can worsen the life chances not only of a child, but that of the child’s child, an unfortunate residential patrimony.

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Learning Labs and Culture Labs | WIRED

Learning Labs and Culture Labs | WIRED | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

Learning by an original and personal process of discovery is a trend on many US university campuses.

 

The culture lab is the latest indication that learning is changing in America. It cannot happen too fast.

 

Culture labs conduct or invite experiments in art and design to explore contemporary questions that seem hard or even impossible to address in more conventional science and engineering labs. 

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Database of Zip Codes Shows How Marketers Profile You

Database of Zip Codes Shows How Marketers Profile You | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
Software company Esri's database files Americans into one of 67 consumer groups.
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Poiesis and Prolepsis: Doing justice to the other

Poiesis and Prolepsis: Doing justice to the other | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
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Kelly Oliver (2004) argues that contemporary debates on multiculturalism and justice have focused on the notion of ‘recognition'. This is evident, for example, in the work of Charles Taylor and Axel Honeth. By exploring what such ‘recognition’ might mean, Oliver questions whether the struggles of marginalised or oppressed peoples, groups or cultures, or, more generally, those who have been ‘othered’ by a dominate culture, are indeed struggles for ‘recognition'.

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Narrative Self: Writing Your Way to Happiness

Narrative Self: Writing Your Way to Happiness | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
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Prince Charles’s 10 principles for architecture – and 10 much better ones

Prince Charles’s 10 principles for architecture – and 10 much better ones | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

Prince Charles has infuriated architects for more than 30 years. His new set of rules for architectural practice might be his silliest intervention yet

 

Douglas Murphy’s principles:

 

• The city belongs to everyone

Public space gets ever more murkily private; we need to redress the balance of who owns what. It’s people like the Prince that stand to lose out.

• Your home is not a castle

We’d be a far more equal and civilised island if the desire for home ownership wasn’t pandered to at every turn.

• Architecture is not a language

The idea of an underlying grammar to architecture implies urban life peaked in the piazzas of Renaissance Florence – a period of pestilence, gangster princes and public executions.

• But architecture can still be read

Buildings have no language. But the mightiest palace and the tiniest shed can tell us how those who build see the world and their place in it.

• Mimesis is not mimicry

Talented architects can work with classical traditions in contemporary architecture. It’s unlikely Charles would recognise this if he saw it.

• Honesty is still a virtue

The architectural era Charles helped usher in was filled with inane jokes and frivolous nonsense. Architecture doesn’t need to be fun.

• The street isn’t everything

It’s right that the importance of the street is recognised, but we must avoid turning city centres into identical forests of privatised space.

• Nature is not our friend

On respecting nature, let us quote Werner Herzog: “There is a harmony [to nature] – it is the harmony of overwhelming and collective murder”.

• Harmony involves dissonance

Cities must improve their interactions with the natural world. This does not mean architecture must copy natural forms; rather it must reconcile itself with cycles of energy and material.

• Change is coming

The next century will be pivotal for humanity, and architecture will play a huge role. Cute cottages with nice local stonework won’t help.

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The future of Britain’s libraries: why lattes and Wi-Fi are nothing to fear

The future of Britain’s libraries: why lattes and Wi-Fi are nothing to fear | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
Few victims of austerity have been so fiercely mourned as libraries. If they are to be revived, a recent report argues, they must look down the High Street to Starbucks. Can that approach change Lucy Mangan’s childhood sanctuary for the better?
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public space: European Prize for Urban Public Space

public space: European Prize for Urban Public Space | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

The European Prize for Urban Public Space is an initiative of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB). It was established following the exhibition “The Reconquest of Europe”, which was held in the CCCB in 1999, in order to offer testimony to the process of rehabilitation of public spaces that has been occurring in many European cities.

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Nomads at Last

Nomads at Last | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
Nomads at last is an experimental online exhibition dedicated to the idea of republication: the content is made up of collages of material that is available online, ranging from articles, images and references to videos and even sounds. It is an agglomeration of relevant online content chosen with care by a like-minded community for this collaborative publication.
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Hypercities

Hypercities | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
Harvard University Press has published HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (June 2014). A new, companion website featuring projects built on the HyperCities idea has also been created.
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Constructing Worlds review – the battered, beautiful and barely credible

Constructing Worlds review – the battered, beautiful and barely credible | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

From 1930s America to Pyongyang in 2014, the work of 18 photographers captures the extreme and the humdrum nature of buildings, writes Rowan Moore

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Nadav Kander: Dust – in pictures

Nadav Kander: Dust – in pictures | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
Highlights from the London-based photographer’s shots of Soviet ruins at the Flowers Gallery
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Footprint : Current issue : #15 Autumn 2014

Footprint : Current issue : #15 Autumn 2014 | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
Footprint is an academic journal published by the Delft School of Design presenting research regarding architecture and the urban.

 

Digital technology has introduced in the last decades data-driven representational and generative methodologies based on principles such as parametric definition and algorithmic processing. In this context, the 15th Footprint issue examines the development of data-driven techniques such as digital drawing, modelling, and simulation with respect to their relationship to design.

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PES:BOGOTA :: participants

PES:BOGOTA :: participants | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it

PES:BOG selected three artists in residence to develop an intervention project in LA 48 Cultural Center between August and September 2011, through an open call that selected two local artists (in the city of Bogota) and one national artist (in Colombia). To see a profile of the artists and know their proposals, click on each name:

 

Carol Sabbadini Duran – Untitled ProposalIvonne Viviana Villamil – Mise en scèneJulian Santana – “Memory by defauls” / Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground / and spectral manifestations.
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All hail the new King’s Cross – but can other developers repeat the trick?

All hail the new King’s Cross – but can other developers repeat the trick? | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
The ongoing transformation of King’s Cross has been brilliantly executed, but the prospects for further such public/private developments look bleak, writes Rowan Moore
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The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025

The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025 | Spatial Practices, World Narratives and Narrative Worlds | Scoop.it
Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. They say the upsides are enhanced health, convenience, productivity, safety, and vastly more useful information for people and organizations. The downsides: challenges to personal privacy, over-hyped expectations, and tech complexity that boggles us.
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