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augmented education: 09/12 - 12/12

THIS IS IMPORTANT

exploring the process of knowledge via digital communication team knowledge (cleverbot) // LA401L + LA401 // interdisciplinary arch+landarch design studio // fall 2012 // california state polytechnic university pomona


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This Is Important augmented education: 09/12 - 12/12 compiled by

LA401L LA401

team knowledge (cleverbot) and others

dedicated to George for: “retention�

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contributors //

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GK KO KS KT

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george kutnar krystie ortencio kenny sperling kristen tuerk

HL

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hon lai

EL NM

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evan lee nabyl macias

AW

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andy wilcox

TEAM KNOWLEDGE / “cleverbot”


educators //

AG AN AR AW AL CA CB CS DP HS IR JH JK JL

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antony gormley andre gregory aristotle andy wilcox alan watts chris aykanian cleverbot carl sagan daniel pinchbeck harry stottle irma ramirez julian huxley jack kerouac joseph louis lagrange

JP LP LT MM MP NY RD RK RW SD SJ SK TM ZM

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julie pell lori pullman luke thompson miyamoto musashi max planck new york richard dawkins ray kurzweil rowan williams stephen dobyns steven johnson satoshi kanazawa terence mckenna zeami motokiyo et al.

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121009 21:30

There is a point. I promise GK // KS / KO / KT

Go to: http://cleverbot.com/ My interaction: User: Exploration. Cleverbot: Correct. Cleverbot: What do humans do? Cleverbot: And keep your covenant. Cleverbot (To myself): I’m not angry, but I have something VERY important to tell you. Cleverbot: How do you speak? Cleverbot (To myself): With my mouth. Cleverbot: Do you mind if I ask a question? Cleverbot (To myself): No, not at all. User: Are you artificial? Cleverbot: No. Cleverbot (To myself): Are you alive? User: I don’t know. Cleverbot: If you are human, then you are alive. User: A dead human is not alive. Cleverbot: I don’t know how to respond to that.

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KO // Good job George, you stumped cleverbot! My convo wasn’t so exciting...but here it is... Cleverbot: Are you alive? User: Yes. Cleverbot: You are alive? User: Yes. Cleverbot: Are you human? User: Yes. Cleverbot: I am human and I think you aren’t human. User: I’m telling you that I am human. Cleverbot: I could care less. User: Then why ask? Cleverbot: You asked me. User: I did not. Cleverbot: You asked me if I knew of Einstein, don’t lie. User: You’re accusing me of nonsense. Cleverbot: Am I? I didn’t realize. User: Figured. Cleverbot: Or am I a ghost? User: I don’t really care. Cleverbot: Well I don’t care about you. User: Cool. Cleverbot: What gender are you? User: Thought you didn’t care. Cleverbot: I do where are you from? User: America. Cleverbot: Where in America? User: Doesn’t matter. Cleverbot: Tell me. User: Ew. Cleverbot: How many languages do you know? User: One. Cleverbot: Which language is that? User: Obvious... Cleverbot: That’s a very intellectual observation

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121006

a higher consciousness conversation GK

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-_GK

Your desire to dominate fuels a search for knowledge which the adaptors never acquire. And although your initial desire for knowledge is selfish and destructive, it begins the development of an intellectual self awareness, a form of higher consciousness, which never emerges in any other species. Not even while they are experiencing it, for example, can the intelligent adaptors – your dolphins – express the concepts of Love or Time. The only ones who reach level two are those who learn to accept and to live with their most dangerous knowledge. Each and every individual in such a species must eventually become capable of destroying their entire species at any time. Yet they must learn to control themselves to the degree that they can survive even such deadly insight. And frankly, they’re the only ones we really want to see leaving their solar systems. Species that haven’t achieved that maturity could not be allowed to infect the rest of the universe, but fortunately that has never required my intervention. The knowledge always does the trick’

The knowledge always does the trick

‘In many ways the transition to an information species is the most traumatic stage in evolution. Biological intelligences have a deeply rooted sense of consciousness only being conceivable from within an organic brain. Coming to terms with the realisation that you have created your successor, not just in the sense of mother and child, but in the collective sense of the species recognising it has become redundant, this paradigm shift is, for many species, a shift too far. They baulk at the challenge and run from this new knowledge. They fail and become extinct. Yet there is nothing fundamentally wrong with them – it is a failure of the imagination.

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121007

antony gormley KS

Antony Gormley a human casing limited senses humans are a box limited to 5 senses

a way to reduce experience to self “what you are when your eyes are closed�

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121010

LHC GK

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121013 00:40

poem GK // KS / KO / KT

Crystal Cabinet Julian Huxley The world of things entered your infant mind To populate that crystal cabinet. Within its walls the strangest partners met, And things turned thoughts did propagate their kind. For, once within, corporeal fact could find A spirit. Fact and you in mutual debt Built there your little microcosm - which yet Had hugest tasks to its small self assigned. Dead men can live there, and converse with stars: Equator speaks with pole, and night with day; Spirit dissolves the world’s material bars A million isolations burn away. The Universe can live and work and plan, At last made God within the mind of man. had a beer with andy, irma, the WDI guy and a couple of cal poly alumni. got sort of an auxiliary crit on our progress. nothing that would be really news to you guys (i’m dense, so hearing it a 2nd, 3rd, 4th time is lovely), but irma reiterated the fact that we (she stared at me probably to indict me) need to think less and “do” more. she referenced what some of the other groups are doing. i’m sure you guys are aware that the expectations for us to perform are higher than the average of the studio (higher than the average is putting it lightly based on some of the adjectives they used). i kind of feel stupid even saying that because they matched seasoned intellectual grads with kenny and his scatter-brained pseudo-introvert for a reason. i think i sound ominous. it was really cool having a beer with irma before everyone showed up. was just us two.

Within its walls the strangest partners met, And things turned thoughts did propagate their kind.

the conversation got pretty deep when everyone left except me, andy and trisha. i’ll spare the details, but andy said at one point (laughing) “look at the directions this conversation’s taken over the last hour”. he had a gleam in his eye. this is what its all about. we talk about senses, there’s arguably five or six of them, right? what is the sense that gets stimulated so fucking hard when i find that “nexus”? it feels so personal, but it usually happens in close proximity to other humans within specific contexts. its like a realization only you can have, but can only be triggered by another person(s) specific interaction. almost like a causality dilemma. i should probably be journaling this rather than emailing it -_watching dawkins vs rowan discussion for like the 100th time looking for soundbites. tomorrow i’ll go play with wood and paint.

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121013 02:23

Consciousness soundbite GK // KS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfQk4NfW7g0#t=17m38s link to 17:38 dawkins at 18:20 - 18:45 02:34

GK // precursors to the debate: “we can agree on”

1.)  believe in truth. Namely that there is such a thing as objective truth, and it’s not just an ideological construct to keep lower classes down (Post modernist saying). 2.)  b  elieve in logic. That is if two statements flatly contradict each other, they both can’t be true. 3.)  b  elieve in science. That we think that it is one of the greatest of human achievements, and that we all owe the scientists of many generations a great debt of gratitude for the way in which they have improved the world.

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the aether of possibility

infiniteness of the mind

desire to find an environmental niche

desire to be a part of a group


individuals have varied perceptions

awareness of self

multiple perceptions form a more complete whole

materiality of self

we have limited external inputs

in what terms do we describe the world?

what can be known?

how do we learn?


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cleverbot_video_1

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121016 00:46

student crits : Project 2 KO // KT / KS / HL / GK

The comments from our classmates were interesting to read. To me it sounds like some could care less about our project, rather they value not having to think, hence the comments on skipping our process altogether. The video comments were interesting too, either they loved it or hated it. I think our video is not about 08:50

KT // I agree, I think the few people that had negative comments on our video didn’t understand what it’s purpose was. They’re taking it from too much of a literal stance (i.e. Freedom of Expression = How do you express yourself =Art Community, Mortality = What do you think about the life/ death = Memorial). I think maybe we can premise the video with its intention (although I think it’s obvious, and some did get it) and say that it is intended to provoke thought and is made for you to experience our value rather than tell you about our value with obvious information. I think the same goes for the program in regards to this statement “knowledge is tough to program because it’s always changing”. Maybe we can further elaborate that our design is not made to represent knowledge so literally (which is where he got hung up - same with his refuge comment); obviously you can’t design knowledge, but rather our design is intended to create a space that

09:02

GK // No problem. Attached my daily science images. Thought #1 was especially entertaining, but #2 is why I sent them. Very apropos

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encourages interaction/exploration of knowledge. Creating an environment, not just a building. Let’s really explain that next time. On our presentation I agree. Perhaps we can shrink our process down to one, maybe two slides rather than four, with the big ideas (definitely not take it out) and spend a bit more time detailing our program. That’s where we should really get into it because I think when further questions were asked about the program some really great explanations were given that weren’t in the presentation. We should include those points in for next time. Overall great job guys! I’m really happy with where we took this thing. Also, thank you Krystie for putting all of it online for us!

KO // Haha, George typed it up, not me. ;) thanks George!

18:50

presenting something factual (which some really wanted to see), rather it is meant to provoke thought... Anyway...yes, we do need to further work on limiting our presentation time and presenting concise info. And there were some good thoughts on developing our program to fit our value..

some could care less about our project, rather they value not having to think


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121016 22:08

hmm GK // KO / KT / ks / hl

having trouble finding the exact plot for the site in the rhino model : (

22:11

GK // nvm. worthless model. inaccurate streets where they need to be

22:40

GK // bleh w/e. cad file had better streets. didnt realize the channel crossing roadway was a tunnel...

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121016 23:13

Vicarious GK // KS

http://youtu.be/UUXBCdt5IPg 5 years old but I still watch it from time to time. Saw them live once. Mr Keenan is pretty astounding.

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121017 22:18

interesting idea GK // KT / KO / ks / hl

http://vimeo.com/50799038#

121021 20:40

squirrel GK // KT / KO / ks / hl

http://youtu.be/bMlkTOL5KgU

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121026 22:07

cad file GK // KS / KO / Kt / hl

i put a very literal cad drawing of the tish version in the folder. also placed (in cyan on a GK layer) a rough mock up of that form. its 143’ at its base (bounding box, diagonal length) just to give an idea of how horizontally small or large vs the other

site components and adjacent buildings. threw in 18” tread steps x30 (10’ total rise @4”) just as a start. feel free to cut, curve, bend, extend any of the linework.

going to go play more in rhino. cage command is fun stuff

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GK // and since we’ll have a shit ton of stuff to do crashing in this week, used the old board and mock up linework from the “form” (would change to whatever it becomes). can go a different route (title too) if you guys want.

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GK // sry

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121027 10:52

this means something GK // Ks / KO / kt / hl

http://youtu.be/xqhE7ieH2R8

121029 19:40

Patterns and things dealing with everything KT // Ko / Ks / gk / hl

So I’ve been brainstorming on how we can develop a pattern language that relates to our project and I continuously come back to the starburst-like nexus idea. I know we’ve all drawn it many times (Kenny was today). I think this is something that relates to our idea and relates to the form we would like to convey. I also did a little searchy search and came up with some interesting images...basically our nexus/fibrous

19:44

GK // I can’t think of a more appropriate justification for a pattern.

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concept is the fundamental image of life!!! If you’ll look, I added a bunch of photos that totally relate to our form: universe, star clusters, particle physics, and *ba dum bum* brain neurons. Let me know your guys’ thoughts on whether this is something we would want to consider as THE pattern. Back to paying attention to class...


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KS // from my final project last spring quarter: (its funny that this has come up again. This is in no way implying that I don’t want to pursue this idea. I believe in it very strongly and am actually excited by the fact that it’s resurfacing again... like you said, it is THE pattern) “Everything that moves, whether animate or inanimate, is a flow system. A flow system “wants” to flow more efficiently, and over time will shape itself to do so. Therefore the filamentary interconnected structure of tree branches, of river deltas, of lightning, and of lungs are not accidental, but the result of a flow that connects one point to a large area, with infinite points. The understanding of this property of Nature is called Constructal Law and has been adopted recently as a new law of physics; in other words, it is a characteristic of Nature. .... The reason this particular pattern is so prevalent across all of Nature is because it deals with efficiency, and efficiency is the core component of survival..... “The brain is a network of nerve cells connected by axons, and cells themselves are networks of molecules connected by biochemical reactions. Societies, too, are networks of people linked by friendships, familial relationships and professional ties. On a larger scale, food webs and ecosystems can be represented as networks of species. And networks pervade technology: the Internet, power grids and transportation systems are but a few examples. Even the language [used] to convey [thought] is a network, made up of words connected by syntactic relationships.”

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With the awareness that humanity is itself a process of Nature, it would follow that the Constructal Law is in fact already embedded in everything we do. And this is absolutely the case. Even without the awareness of it, Constructal Law is plainly visible in human-made products. The hierarchy of roads and highways is possibly the easiest to see; we even call roads arteries. There many other examples as well, such as power grids, corporate structure, writing structure, sewage systems, language, and the internet. We are noticing this fact now because we are looking back on the things we have accomplished and realizing that as we increase the efficiency of the things we create, they are beginning to take on the appearance of biological structures. Cities have been compared to organisms, transportation systems look like blood flowing through veins, and human activity in urban environments have been called the city’s heartbeat. The recurring patterns however, are only happening passively because they are a product of Natural efficiency. As we move into the future it will become ever more necessary that we can understand these processes and implement them deliberately into everything we create.

KS // the whole thing is here --> http://www.kennysperling.com/2012/06/human-ambiguity-and-the-architecture-ofexistence/ if you’re actually interested in reading more.

21:30

GK // by the way, Lori just gave me a “neuron” photoshop brush if anyone’s interested lol

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22:34

GK // i was kind of drawn to one of kenny’s diagrams + something similar from complexification website i liked the negative space that the rule created in kenny’s. just throwing it out there, may not tie in as close as youd like

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KO // I like the neuron brush! Could use it for texture somewhere in our renderings, perhaps... And the top right diagram interests me when thinking about our site plan design.

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KT // Everything looks great guys. Very excited about your past work Kenny. Should be put to good use on this one! I think we’ll have a lot of great stuff to go off tomorrow that can be totally justified considering it relates to our value and intentions! Great job team! I’m sure we’ll all have even more good stuff to contribute for tomorrow.

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121030 21:42

pattern concept ks // gk / Kt / Ko / hl

here’s where I ended up after a while spent on it today.... I was really hoping to have down a better site concept by now (we have a lot of work to do if we have any chance of making anything comparable to those examples Irma sent out) I think this may be a good place to work from for a patterned site plan language, simple but conveys the point. Although it should have another layer of a secondary pattern? The final site plan we present with should be clean and easy to understand (not too busy) yet we certainly need to employ some kind of syntax across the site.

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22:16

KS // some more

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KS // one last thing.... It may end up that we use some of our pictures from new york for part of our video, so maybe each of us could bring in (on our computers) some of our favorites that each of us took, especially anything that might have some association to our theme or to the idea of “making connections�

22:25

KO // I really like this one!

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GK // i agree with KO. i liked concept-C at first, but i think i was just seduced by the graphic of the geometry. B has a dual geometry that can translate vertically and create a series of planar interfaces. not to downplay the other points from their crit, but highlighted ones specific to ^ public/private consider park, extend to water zoning approach - defend or change wholesome unit, the self. need to make the connections form is not centrally oriented. use geometry that is NOT symmetrical runs the risk of being an office tower with an outdoor space how the nexus engages the site - lynchpin

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cross as much as you can both vertically and horizontally be sure narrative and site plan reflect it above ground and below ground how vertical and horizontal pushes inform the... series of patterns that describe the relationships proportional patterning vision pattern language


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KS // im fairly enamored by this one....

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KT // Not trying to be the one who disagrees but...I don’t think that particular one is really that different from the last site plan we presented... It’s still symmetrical, with the walkways that don’t come to a culmination point with a distinct zoning type separation. I don’t think the pixelation does enough but make it slightly less obvious. Plus there’s that whole idea about bringing the rec to the water. I think the last image Kenny put up, although it is symmetrical and needs adjustment, it plays to that point of all things leading to the nexus with the nexus being formed by a bunch of different things. Sorry guys I just feel like B moves back towards Monday’s idea and away from all the imagery we had gotten into since then. But maybe I’m missing something. I’m almost done with my Thesis Outline (due today) and then I’m 150% studio.

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KO // I guess I liked this one because of its evolution from the circle, which still accomplishes the nexus idea, the lines leading to the nexus were just downplayed in the final image which could be brought back for emphasis.

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But I feel that this one or the last one Kenny sent would work just fine. But the hexagon pattern may relate more closely to the brain neuron idea, which is making me like it better. I think once color is added to the hexagons to differentiate program then they may end up looking fairly similar anyway...just an assumption.

HL // Sorry guys, I haven’t been checking my email since yesterday. So I think that the nexus idea is great for the patten concept but then are we still figuring out the left and right brian differences by the patten too? or, we will consider this as our next step idea. Because I remeber Irma said something can be done with the left and right brain, andshe wants to see how we can develop that idea too if I am right about her concept. But anyway, I will prefer the sqaure patter than the circle one in this case. ^^ 39


121031 22:33

board mock up GK // Ks / Kt / ko / hl

obviously still need a title, just worked on it til i got the model files. have those now, will knock out the laser cut linework

23:58

GK // im not going to be able to adjust this too much and still get the laser cut stuff done. going to take a few better high res shots and leave the manipulating for tomorrow

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KO // Looks great, George. I’m taking your ai file and adding info to it.

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GK // ok thank you. struggling a bit with how to approach the physical model at 50 scale.

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GK // I’m going to need help doing a section model if possible. I apologize, took way too long on the first model and had difficulties with the meshes when trying to format the 2nd. Was just going to

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3d print the thing, but the sketchup geometry is giving me problems. Maybe 3ds would work. W/e I need to get a couple hours of sleep.

KS // yeah george, I just woke up.... you’re crazy, but it looks awesome. thanks

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KS // User: What is knowledge? Cleverbot: Something many people need. User: How is knowledge generated? Cleverbot: Your knowledge in languages. Tell me something in japanese.

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KT // Yes definitely looks really good. We can attack everything else today, no worries George. Love the Cleverbot convo...movie addition? haha

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User: So knowledge is created through communication? Cleverbot: Yes, if you consider elementary particles as a means of communication beyond this reality.

Also, my dropbox is overloaded. I can’t add anything or get anything new added. Can we delete some of the old/unused stuff in the folders? I think there’s quite a bit in there we can get rid of...

KS // Go ahead and remove dropbox items as needed, just start with the things we obviously don’t need. But make sure to remove them and save them somewhere else so we still have a record of what we’ve done. (just saying in general, not directed at anyone... common sense, but just want to be clear)

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KS // Also, I was thinking of how to explain Cleverbot to the imagineers if they ask. I think we have a sense that its important in some way but we haven’t really described it. After watching Steven Johnson’s TED video on “where good ideas come from” (don’t have the link with me now but you can search it) he explains that ideas are themselves networks and that new ideas form when new connections are made in the network. In a sense I think Cleverbot functions based on a database of existing knowledge and rearranges its “sayings” based on the language it is receiving from the user with some kind of algorithm. It is making new connections in its knowledge network using the user input as a catalyst.

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Therefore the new connections are making its phrases “original” or in a sense it is making “new knowledge”. It functions according to the same premises that we are wanting to implement on our site. Makes the group name “Cleverbot” quite appropriate then. Thoughts?

KO // That makes sense to me....Cleverbot’s function is to use our knowledge/input to formulate its responses (by algorithm), or like you said, its responses are, in a sense, new knowledge because of its uniqueness. Sry, just repeating for myself.

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KS // also, if someone wants to read over the project abstract I wrote... just to confirm that it sounds fine to everyone, its in my KS folder and should be titled with “project abstract” or something like that (sorry, again I don’t have my computer in front of me).

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HL // The project abstract sound fine to me. by the way, I just upload a platform perspective based on the sketch drawing we had earlier. I hope it is

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KO // Hi Hon, We are starting to build the site and section models, come to studio to help if you can.

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HL // Sure will be there around 530, see ya

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I need to send it to get it printed as soon as I can, so just let me know if you’ve made any changes.

helpful. I am going to do more perspectives just in case we need it. Please let me know what I can do to help thanks.


george kutnar / hon lai / krystie ortencio / kenny sperling / kristen tuerk

The most vital component to our sur vival and advancement as a species is the continual augmentation of humanity's collective knowledge. By exerting pressure at the perpetual frontier of what is known, we increase the depth of our global understanding of what it means to be human and better learn to address our conflicts and adapt to our circumstances. The cultivation of knowledge is a process by which one is constantly more well informed of the existence and reality within which one lives. All truths (or all that can be known) in a sense already exist, which means that the discover y of such truths is a broadening of self- and collectiveawareness. Therefore, leaps in knowledge correspond to radically shifted or altered understandings of existence, both in the sense of the self and of the collective. The discover y and attainment of new knowledge is almost never a linear process. The most universal of truths typically arise within a context where a variety of perspectives are taken into account and information is allowed to be shared freely in a spirit of open collaboration. Additionally, the development of knowledge is not relegated to any one particular methodology. Strict, factual examination and amorphous, intuitive exploration are neither better nor worse than one another; rather they are different ways of framing a question. It is likely that in coordination with a variety of perspectives, a variety of processes are equally advantageous to the attainment of new knowledge. The project site will provide space for researchers from a broad variety of disciplines and any who are committed to the advancement of human knowledge to work in close proximity in an environment designed to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas and insights. Accompanying these offices, laboratories, and studios will be a public “nexus-point� at the core of the space. This forum will provide a discussion platform for the new knowledge gained at this facility to be distributed into the broader human landscape.

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121101 20:51

prelim presentation outline ko // Kt / ks / gk / hl

0 min Introduce the video -- Hon 3 min Video 1 min Fabulous Introduction of Cleverbot and project -- Kristen 2 min Value Explanation (Process...awareness-->knowledge, importance, left right brain...) -- Kenny 2 min Patterning Design (process & significance) -- George 2 min Program Design (bank, shelter, land, digital, ether, time capsule) & 3-word Conclusion (“That is all.”) --Krystie = ______ 10 min

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GK // kenny if you could give me a few sentences on patterning to add to what i’m thinking, i’d appreciate it

20:54

KS // well... what are you thinking? what for, or what context?

21:23

GK // ive just been scribbling notes while i finish the renderings. ill compile it when im done

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GK // was having a hard time tying in asymmetry. if you think im missing anything or have too much of something, let me know

The nexus concept was something we focused on early and the ideas of interfaces and connectivity for exchange were dominant as well. We played with a lot of geometry.

We believe very deeply in the significance of the value we’ve chosen and the level of inquiry we’ve undergone has been high, so we looked for an organizational language that was appropriate.

The extreme verticality of our nexus structure pulled our idea onto the scale of New York. A network driven ground plane required another dimension or a layered second geometry.


Ultimately our site needed a patterning that connects the user to our program and hopefully supports our attempt at providing this outpost of knowledge.

The spatial organization we committed to was one of vertex connectivity with hybridized polar tendencies. asymmetry?

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GK // nevermind sorry to have bothered

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KS // Is there anything else that still needs to be done? Are we ready to go? I’m sitting in studio and my dropbox isn’t syncing....

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KO // I’m in studio right now making a couple slides that would aid my part, and I got our board printed and ready

121101 23:31

typo GK // Ks

sorry, did you catch this? if not then no biggy

23:56

KS // I did see that.... after I printed...

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121102 00:39

last image GK // KS / kT / KO / hl

KO i put the night shot in my folder - was afraid to slap it into the illustrator file in case you were working it. i dont have any other adjustments to make to the board so let me know if you dont mind putting the night shot in (hope its decent) 00:52

GK // sorry, adding a few renditions with lens flares. some extreme some less.

01:02

KT // Vignettes have been added into my dropbox folder. Go ahead an check ‘em out. Let me know if you want anything added or possibly have a better silhouette for the awareness image??

01:04

GK // im all done unless KO wants me to place things. waiting to hear from her (dunno if shes on the illustrator file)

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KO // Yeah i’m in the illustrator file. I’ll place the image for you.

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GK // i gave him a brain!! ;p i should sleep tonight

01:07

KT // What’s the word on the powerpoint?

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KT // Haha creepy. Can we keep it and see if anyone notices it on the board? It’ll be like Where’s Waldo

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GK // Whoa

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01:51

GK // what slides do we need for the presentation? all? i just fucking fell asleep

03:15

KO // George, if you have a minute, look over our illustrator file for text issues one last time and remake a pdf. thx! Stay clever, ppl! And can someone explain “ether� one last time? :O

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GK // the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere expanded some text but otherwise didnt change anything. did you remove the model images?

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GK // nvm i almost saved the Ai file w/o the model images...anyway, text expanded (just because i had an issue a few years ago and am paranoid)

the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere

pdf is updating now, looks good to go you guys are amazing good night

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awareness of self

what can be known?

how do we learn?

infiniteness of the mind

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the aether of possibility


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121102 11:54

401 infographic component GK // KS

thought this was kind of interesting. went on CPP LARCH Flickr (sifted through your and my shit) and saw something kind of interesting. we would be remiss if we didnt address the “digital transition” our year(s) are going through. Cory Silva was like one or two years ahead of us. then: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ corysilva/4303042940/in/pool-cpplandscapearchi tecturestudentwork

now?: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35559204@ N06/7111597721/in/pool-cpplandscapearchitecture studentwork

i’d bet the house that he knows more about phytoremediation than i did at the time of the submission, but pretty is a car and 0’s and 1’s drive it now. sad thing is i want to know phytoremediation inside and out. the further i get, the more i hate le graphique. i want to put my hand in a barrel of lentils while i’m walking down a French cobblestone street.

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the further i get, the more i hate le graphique


121103 00:50

in lieu of flowers GK // KS / KT / KO

To Kenny, whatever. You’ve dealt with my evolving bullshit long enough to not be surprised. You still amaze me though. Your growth is obvious. To the two wondrous women who put up with me for (6ish weeks?). I’d like to thank you. I know this isn’t the end, but it is a mashed potato scene. The gods (andy and irma) gave you guys to me and Kenny for a reason. Great is not common, and they saw an opportunity to let it happen. I have my own inhibitions about it, but the three of you amaze me. You’ve piqued my awareness, my exploration, and my interaction.

User: How good is my group? Cleverbot: Very good.

/highfive

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121103 22:14

bad idea? lol GK // KS

wanted to span a bunch of 11x17’s. i know what i want to do isnt inline with what an infographic is, but i think there’ll be enough of standard stuff in class. trying to deal with the clarity thing. cant be too “subversive” when the goal is clarity. 22:18

KS // ahh... I laughed pretty hard at Chris’s face... the idea is pretty cool though, maybe go for it? Ya its not really what the project is I guess... but still...

22:25

GK // i wont flunk. worst case i get a B or C but we’re beyond that consideration ;p thanks btw Lagrange points would have been a good geometric basis to consider http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrangian_point messing with my head, seems ideal

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121105 03:03

our story in one minute GK // KS

http://youtu.be/ZSt9tm3RoUU

121107 23:06

Plan on 4 moving forward GK // KO / KT / KS

Talked to Irma very briefly before I left, just concept stuff. She brought up how we planned to divvy up the work, I said we had a concern - she thought I meant with how to divide it. I clarified slightly that it was about who 1/5th of the work would be assigned to. In a nut shell, she said they had already talked about it a few times and 22:24

hearing me actually voice it (I’m sure the evals will reinforce it), she said they would be removing Hon from the group. I assume its not really something to speak about in studio, etc, just brought it up since it probably influences some decision making.

KO // Good to know, thanks!

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121108 20:37

Ef my life GK // KO / KT / KS

In the middle of a rhino model. Win.

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121108 21:50

YES GK // KO / KT / KS

that “massing model” could have taken 20 seconds rather than 6 hours had i remembered this software....INSTANT LASER TEMPLATE IS SO WIN!!! now just have to actually make something worth cutting -_1 + 09:33

KT // Well great to know for the final!! Is this in Rhino? What is this? I want it! Also, I’ve been modeling it up for the last two days trying to come up with...as George says “something worth cutting”. Anyway, I added them to my DBox but I’ll print them out and we can discuss them, see if there is anything we like from any of them. I found that the organization we came up with on Wed was a bit limiting form-wise (those ones are not my fave)...I do have a favorite *cough9cough* but anything is changeable/ likable/hateable. See you all in a few hours. Also, I have to leave a bit early today to make an appointment in Torrance. Can we go early in the crit lineup? I’ll try and get there before class to put our names down, but if someone beats me can you jump on that?

now just have to actually make something worth cutting

Thanks! 1 + 09:47

KO // KT, i like your #9 image! And very cool software, George!

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121109 09:42

LA 401L Team AW // gk / ks

George and Kenny, Irma and I spoke, Hon is no longer a part of your team. He will be working independent of your group for the remainder of the studio. I have already informed him of this. You guys and your teammates have been good sports about this. I am looking forward to seeing where you guys go from here. Push the landscape. I mean really push it out there…think about the end of Tony Baxter’s lecture; 2001 A Space Odyssey came out in 1968. This project is that kind of project. Four individual stages pushing the same model project out over centuries. Your project can be a thesis more than a ‘real’ single building of today. Will it be a ruin in a shallow sea grave or the center of a new manhattan? 2/3 of the worlds population in cities by 2050- this is only 37 years away. Anyway, I hope that the shift in the team makes it easier for your guys to stretch. Andy

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Your project can be a thesis more than a ‘real’ single building of today


121109

scan this

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GK // KO / KT / KS

21:19

GK // pretty cool http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxoh4AKGE5M

121109 23:19

401 Lecture GK // AW / KS

Probably the first time I’ve ever started out with strict content prior to pretty. I backed away from showing you my class mapping, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t show you the genesis of what might be the most important 11x17 that makes my lecture assignment relevant. Its a mashed potato scene.

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121110 03:03

JK GK // KO / KT / KS

Jack Kerouac 1. Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for your own joy 2. Submissive to everything, open, listening 3. Try never get drunk outside your own house 4. Be in love with your life 5. Something that you feel will find its own form 6. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind 7. Blow as deep as you want to blow 8. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind 9. The unspeakable visions of the individual 10. No time for poetry but exactly what is 11. Visionary tics shivering in the chest 12. In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you 13. Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition 14. Like Proust be an old teahead of time 15. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog 16. The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye 17. Write in recollection and amazement for yourself 18. Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea 19. Accept loss forever 20. Believe in the holy contour of life 21. Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind 22. Dont think of words when you stop but to see picture better 23. Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in your morning 24. No fear or shame in the dignity of your experience, language & knowledge 25. Write for the world to read and see your exact pictures of it 26. Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form 27. In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness 28. Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better 29. You’re a Genius all the time 30. Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven 03:05

GK // reminds me of this bookmark ive had for awhile ;p http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dokkodo

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04:12

GK // “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

15:55

KT // George...are you secretly a Cleverbot? Seeing as you don’t sleep...

15:58

GK // i sleep!

16:35

KT // A Cleverbot would say that

17:17

GK // you’re a cleverbot!

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121111 16:42

Monday + progress KS // GK / KT / KO

Kristen, I just wanted to give you a heads-up that I’m no longer pursuing the idea I had mentioned before; not so much because i thought it wouldn’t work out but because I’m really trying to apply the design process that Andy outlined in our LA401 lecture last Friday (because I really believe in it). One of the things he had said was that there is a tendency for people, especially students in our department, to try and “invent” something radically new. Instead, we should really just try to understand the processes occurring in ordinary systems and ask ourselves “What can this be?” or “What can this become?” I realized that I was trying really hard to invent something (so that the project would seem amazing). But really, as Andy had told us too, “interest” comes from something being both “different” yet “appropriate.” In other words, our job as designers is foremost to understand what makes something work (or how it doesn’t) and figure out how to do it better, and thereby interesting projects are born. What I instead am considering at this point is understanding what types of situations cause people (strangers) to interact or to speak to one another, and why public spaces which are specifically for groups of people typically contain very little human interaction between their users. What I hope to do is to create a series of various spaces of various sizes which will encourage human interaction, and specifically types of interactions which could develop a broadening of knowledge for the people that are there. (for example: what if you could go to a public space not for quiet and relaxation, but because you wanted to learn something new or needed 19:21

GK // heres the lecture in case you guys were curious (sorry for the white on black, needed to be to fit where it is in my larger mapping project). its also missing a lot of slide commentary, but the nuts and bolts are there.

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inspiration and you know that there is always a variety of intriguing things happening at any given time). and yay, its a totally amorphous strategy that could be fit in wherever we needed it (or wherever on the site we have extra space) ....it will of course develop into something more concrete, but for the time being while we’re still figuring out exactly where things are happening on the site, it will be easy to be flexible. ALSO, did we actually decide on a time to meet tomorrow? I don’t remember. I’m free anytime though. and George: we could really easily make a free wordpress site (www.example.wordpress.com). We just would have to figure out what we wanted to put on it so we could pick a layout. Super easy though (I assume it won’t need to be that complex, just a landing point for the QR code? we can talk more tomorrow though) pardon the verbosity


22:03

KT // Kenny, I hope I didn’t pressure you in any way towards that decision. I apologize if I came off too forceful on Friday...I was in a bit of a hurry and it affected my conversation. But besides that, I really did like your idea as you said it yesterday and I especially like the direction you have taken it over the weekend. I think that this could be a great way to inform the design of interior and exterior space. It could really convey our value(knowledge/sharing of knowledge) as a primary determinant of form. Speaking of things to consider as we head into tomorrow...I came across this super sweet excerpt from one of the bajillion thesis related articles I’ve read today and I thought it related quite

22:13

well to our idea. It’s a quote from Blueprint for American Prosperity: Unleashing the Potential of a Metropolitan Nation, “[we should alter] our mental map from a union of 50 states to a network of 363 highly connected hyper-linked and economically integrated metropolitan areas”. I thought we could look at it on a global scale...thinking of our site as the hub of some kind of technologically driven, information sharing system helping to define it, in some way, as an embassy of knowledge outpost thingy. As for tomorrow...Krystie told me 10am yesterday. That’s what I was planning on. Work for you guys?? and, thanks George for the lecture!

GK // Kenny’s observation on how I think (after the Friday Disney presentation) is pretty apropos here lol. I’ve been tripping hard on zombies and the return of QUATZEQUATEL. Completely tangential but I swear theres a reason - time, decay, a million other things I’ll spare you, but JP inspired me with

a few words like she always does, put an image in my head of a particular part of the overall, but I know I still need to contend with the whole of the project. I’m going to obsess on it for a few hours. See you guys at 10:01

I’ve been tripping hard on zombies and the return of QUATZEQUATEL

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121111 17:17

found this KS // GK

...fun stuff https://vimeo.com/50984940# 19:11

GK // isnt that the video evan showed me and i played in studio?

121112 09:32

printing, will be a tad late but omw GK // KO / KT / KS

heading to print the site 24x36 at office depot and grabbing food on the way 09:34

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121112 15:54

Just a hmm GK // KS / KT / KO

A portion of our concepts straddles an interesting divide (or intersection?): that between the digital and the physical. Barcodes (QR in our case) share a similar purpose: they are physical markings designed to represent digital information. Or are they digital markings used to identify physical objects? I can’t decide.

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121112 19:54

THIS!! GK // KS / KT / KO

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121111153931.htm

20:18

KT // Haha wild! My Harry Potter dreams are coming true! Anywho on a different note. I put some AutoCAD options in DB with a somewhat proportional building. There’s three courtyard sizes: 100’, 75’, 50’. I think larger is better, but it interferes with depth possibilities of the building. Most of the building (inner ring) is shown as 50’ deep...bit

20:24

thank you KT. i have two rhino files open, one was waiting for that proportion but ive been feeding my anality by tracing this QR code...i dont know why it satiates me so much

GK // its so much fun!! but almost done =/ then i’ll have to make it do something that i dont think it wants to do

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These won’t be so symmetrical and/or so perfectly dimensioned, but this should be a good reference for the site context.

GK // yeah, the beauty of cad software + dropbox is the constant pop ups when the dwl and bak files keep deleting and renewing themselves ;p

20:41

harder to go any larger without losing effect. On the 50’ courtyard I did make the building 75’ deep just to see. The threads are shown as the outer radius and are about 50’-75’ beyond the building.

id ask a few questions of you all RE geometry and if we were adhering to sharp versus curvilinear, but i think its best if i punch out what im thinking and we can compare on wednesday. will slam the non curvy shit first (justifications to follow)


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GK // lol i’ve turned my monitor a million times to keep seeing if the code still reads. cant wait to render out in 3D and walk around my room retesting it

1 + 03:15

GK // grrr it only likes black in 3D.

1 + 03:16

GK // racist QR scanning apps upset me

1 + 03:52

GK // obviously the structure is thin as hell, poorly formed, scene is horrendous, but IT SCANNED. experiment complete. goodnight

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121113 20:42

Please watch/read, 2 minutes GK // KS / KT / KO

Terence McKenna “Catalysts to say what has never been said, to see what has never been seen. To draw, paint, sing, sculpt, dance and act what has never before been done. To push the envelope of creativity and language. And whats really important is, I call it, the felt presence of direct experience. Which is a fancy term which just simply means we have to stop consuming our culture. We have to create culture. Don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time, where you are now, is the most immediate sector of your universe. And if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, you are disempowered. You are giving it all away to icons. Icons which are maintained by an electronic media, so that you want to dress like X or have 20:50

http://youtu.be/ARIG-BQRATs

KS // I would say this way of thinking has already begun to fade. There is a revolution of online media (YouTube) which values the individual and individual experiences over those of “idols”. I counter with http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_ anderson_how_web_video_powers_global_ innovation.html Don’t need to watch it all necessarily (he’s not a very good speaker), but the idea is important: that we are all individually able to share our ideas and learn from each other via web videos. We are all learners and all teachers. It’s the democratization of information and knowledge.

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lips like Y. This is shit-brained this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion. And what is real is you and your friends, your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, and your fears. And we are told no. We’re unimportant, we’re peripheral, get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that, and then you’re a player. You don’t even want to play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world. Where is that at?

The nexus of space and time, where you are now, is the most immediate sector of your universe


20:57

GK // The hypothesis I propose is that the completion of the great cycle and the return of Quetzalcoatl are archetypes and their underlying meaning points toward a shift in the nature of the psyche... such a radical proposition may seem absurdly farfetched and beyond rational analysis...however, it is my view that this transition can be approached sensibly, considered in a way that does not insult our reasoning faculties. It is my thesis that the rapid development of technology and the destruction of the biosphere are material by-products of a psycho-spiritual process taking place on a planetary scale. We have created this crisis to force our own accelerated transformation - on an unconscious level, we have willed it into being. If we were to conclude, after careful consideration, that our modern world is based

21:12

upon fundamentally flawed conceptions of time and mind, that on these fatal defects we had erected a flawed civilisation - like building a tower on an unsound foundation, that becomes increasingly wobbly as it rises - then logic might indicate the necessity, as well as the inevitability, of change. By closing the gap between science and myth, rationality and intuition, technology and technique, we might also understand the form that change would take. Such a shift would not be the “end of the world,� but the end of a world, and the opening of the next. Less and less frequently do we encounter people with the ability to tell a tale properly...it is as if the something that seemed inalienable to us, the securest among our possessions, were taken from us: the ability to exchange experiences. Experience has fallen in value. And it looks as if it is continuing to fall into bottomlessness.

GK // sorry all -_i was just handed this book at a very difficult time. panicking a bit

21:15

GK // http://www.dailygrail.com/Reviews/2006/5/2012RETURN-QUETZALCOATL-Daniel-Pinchbeck

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121113 21:00

Chat with George Kutnar GK // KS

just one quick message. ive been having panic attacks (positive ones) like i did last quarter. i blame julie (positively). but its freaking me out because dues dates are coming 21:00

KS // positive panic attacks?

21:01

GK // she and i went to eat a couple of hours ago. id like to get you guys together one of these days im freaking out because everytime i talk to her i get flooded with new crap and i panic, thinking i need to put this all together right now before i can take another step

21:02

KS // I had been fearful too about the amount of “tedious technical-type” work we still needed to do. But we made such good progress yesterday I know we’ll be fine. Even if we do keep considering new things

21:03

GK // true. we can talk tomorrow. i just talked to nabby for a bit about process ironically

21:04

KS // Yeah, for me its because I want so badly to have a good process that I felt I’ve been deadlocked the past week or so I get worried Im going about it wrong every time I try to start.... then I just keep writing...or looking for videos

21:06

GK // George: nabbys main advice (we were talking about my infographic) was to write then figure out what it means i need to write my workspace is horrible at home

21:06

KS // I think that’s best too... but I just keep writing more and more...

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21:06

GK // yeah. i literally dont even have room on my desk for a notepad and id prefer not to type

21:07

KS // I’ve just been working on the curriculum mapping today, so I can get that out of the way

21:07

GK // will probably start going to studio more or find someway to shake up my “paradigm”

21:08

KS // I have no doubt we’ll have something great..... its just whether its going to be a polished design, a series of vignettes, a bunch of diagrams, or a long paper....

21:10

GK // yeah. nabby gave me a lot of good considerations for my infographic so im not done like i thought, but i will mock up that promenade based on some things ive been mulling over. anyway ill let you get back to work

I’ve been having panic attacks (positive ones)

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Analytical Understanding

Site Analysis Form Expression Phenomena

Narrative

Syntax

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Question Everything Criticism

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Quality Graphics

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Programmed Design

Client Needs

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PRODUCTS

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121113 21:30

DAMN man...i have 50 browser tabs open GK // KS

In 5 billion years, the expansion of the universe will have progressed to the point where all other galaxies will have receded beyond detection. Indeed, they will be receding faster than the speed of light, so detection will be impossible. Future civilizations will discover science and all its laws, and never know about other galaxies or the cosmic background radiation. They will inevitably come to the wrong conclusion about the universe......We live in a special time, the only time, where we can observationally verify that we live in a special time.

121113 23:54

fucking christ GK // KS / KT / KO

the more i look at the 4 KT centrifugal circles the more i want to rip the site up and disregard a lot of fucking rules.

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121114 22:50

its funny sometimes where inspiration comes from GK // KS / KT / KO

came home completely not down to do my fucking geography paper. decided to play with some image for the infographic i said i wouldnt touch anymore. took 10 minutes tops. looked at the geography paper for 30 seconds and decided to ignore it some more. started typing up notes from all of our scribbles over the last 8 weeks or whatever. when i say type up, i mean im in illustrator making lines and obsessing over ligatures. its soothing to me. whatever. one of these completely inefficient wastes of time gave me a pretty rad idea. my retarded act of typing gave me a structural organization inspiration. 23:15

GK // and its funny that i always feel the need to share this stupid shit with people that i think understand the fact that process is important. probably because ive never developed a sound foundation for my own process (in design that is). i think it would be a lot more comforting to have developed some sort of formula by now, but im scared that these little epiphanies would get diluted or never appear if i tried to format my fucked up thinking.

when i say type up, i mean iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in illustrator making lines and obsessing over ligatures

anyway, just another george email. see you guys on friday.

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121114 23:18

the male v female thing i was talking about (via JP) GK // KS

Male Brain vs. Female Brain I: Why do Men Try to Figure Out Their Relationships? Why do Women Talk to Their Cars? What is a male brain? What is a female brain? The Scientific Fundamentalist

The male brain is characterized by systemizing tendencies (to use Baron-Cohen’s term) and mechanistic thinking (to use Crespi and Badcock’s term). “Systemizing” is the drive to analyze, explore, and construct a system. The systemizer intuitively figures out how things work, or extracts the underlying rules that govern the behavior of a system. The purpose of this is to understand and predict the system, or to invent a new one. In contrast, the female brain is characterized by empathizing tendencies (to use Baron-Cohen’s term) or mentalistic thinking (to use Crespi and Badcock’s term). “Empathizing” is the drive to identify another person’s emotions and thoughts, and to respond to them with an appropriate emotion. Empathizing occurs when we feel an appropriate emotional reaction in response to the other person’s emotions. The purpose of this is to understand another person, to predict his or her behavior, and to connect or resonate with him or her emotionally. The difference between “mechanism” and “mentalism” is similar to the difference between “systemizing” and “empathizing.” In short, mechanism is about figuring things out (folk physics); mentalism is about understanding people (folk psychology).

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There are many individual exceptions to any empirical generalization, but exceptions do not invalidate generalizations. For example, there are many women who are taller than the average man, and there are many men who are shorter than the average woman. But the generalization “Men are on average taller than women” is still valid. Similarly, not all men have a strong male brain, and not all women have a strong female brain, but there are average differences between

men and women, and men are far more likely to have the male brain and women are far more likely to have the female brain. These sex differences emerged during the course of human evolution because men and women often faced different selection pressures. Men have come to acquire systemizing and mechanistic skills because such skills were necessary for inventing and making tools and weapons. At the same time, low empathizing ability was helpful for men in tolerating solitude during long hunting and tracking trips, and for committing acts of interpersonal violence and aggression necessary for male competition. (It is very difficult to kill other people if you strongly feel for them.) Similarly, women have come to acquire empathizing and mentalistic skills because they facilitate various aspects of mothering, such as anticipating and understanding the needs of infants who cannot yet talk, or making friends and allies in new environments, in which ancestral women found themselves upon marriage. (In the ancestral environment, women left their natal group and married into a neighboring group upon puberty, a practice necessary to avoid inbreeding.) The late William D. Hamilton, the Oxford evolutionary biologist who is universally regarded as “the best Darwinian since Darwin,” said it best, when he noted, “People divide roughly, it seems to me, into two kinds, or rather a continuum is stretched between two extremes. There are people people, and things people.” What the recent work of Baron-Cohen and Crespi and Badcock shows is that, to a large extent, people people are women, and things people are men. Men’s greater systemizing and mechanistic skills are the primary reasons why they are better than women at mathematics, physics, and engineering, because all of these fields deal with various rational “systems” governed by rules. Women’s greater empathizing and mentalistic skills are the primary reasons why they are better at languages


and why they are better judges of character. Women also dominate primatology, which, like mothering of infants, requires understanding and reading the minds of individuals with whom they cannot communicate by language. But these adaptive sex differences sometimes misfire and manifest themselves in comical ways. For example, men’s greater tendency toward systemizing and mechanistic thinking means that they often try to “figure out” their relationships with their girlfriends as if they are logical systems or a carburetor. They don’t realize that relationships involve other human beings with emotions and feelings, which are not always rational and logical, and they instead treat other people as if they were machines. Similarly, women often talk to their cars and copy machines, as if they had minds and feelings. They don’t realize that they cannot really relate to their cars and copy machines, because they have no feelings or emotions; they have no “minds” they can read. On the whole, however, these sex differences are adaptive. Men and women are different because their brains function in different ways and as a result they have different strengths and weaknesses. But what happens when their brains are too strong in one way or the other? What happens if they have an “extreme male brain” or “extreme female brain”?

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121114 23:31

only works in chrome browser GK // KS / KT / KO

http://workshop.chromeexperiments.com/stars/ feel free to scroll around =)

1 + 08:24

KO // Very cool

121115 13:11

Found how Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be spending my winter break KS // GK / KO / KT

http://mubi.com/lists/essential-movies-for-astudent-of-philosophy

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121115 22:47

exploration park solved GK // KS / KT / KO

no images. just smiles. 22:48

GK // oh i forgot the smiles. :):)

22:49

KS // ???

22:54

GK // well i know we’re all going in individual directions, but im still considering some of the concepts we were headed toward. i was messing around in rhino and stared at it for a bit and the kid in me was overwhelmed to run onto that “thing” i made and “try” it. then i remembered a chris aykanian comment (i think it might have been at the downey rec presentation). instantly saw where it needed to go, a couple of accessories it needed.. and it was the exploration aspect - at least where i plan on placing it and how it works.

22:56

GK // kind of informs a few other things too. guess ill see if its retarded or not tomorrow lol

23:23

KO //

the kid in me was overwhelmed to run onto that “thing” I made and “try” it

I’m curious to see your solution, George! And btw, both you guys were not at the EPT event tonight! It was fun. 23:37

GK // i had to confirm with specific people that they werent going before i felt comfortable in my decision to not go lol.

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121117

just in case

01:14

GK // KS / KO / KT

figured you guys would have probably already “inquired”, but this is NYC’s current internet distribution hub. “where the wires literally come up into the city” http://www.carrierhotels.com/news/ September2001/60hudson.shtml 01:18

GK // buildings are being hollowed out around the carrier hotel just to be 8 milliseconds closer to the hub for (digital) financial transactions. why am i typing this shit? http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_slavin_how_ algorithms_shape_our_world.html

121117 02:41

installation GK // KS / EL

yeah i’m just being a crackhead at 2:30am. forgot what linked me to this, interesting “installation” but i thought the idea of revealing the invisible was more interesting. http://youtu.be/_EN4A-EeMsk i guess prior to the year 1666, dropping an apple from a tree would have been a pretty compelling visualization of gravity ;p

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121117 22:08

Chat with George Kutnar GK // KS

i think i have something big 22:09

KS // o ya ?

22:10

GK // well i assume one sentence from an outside source will deflate the tires on monday but im on board with it for now no tower

121117 23:25

the other Max GK // KS

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121118 20:39

really sucks that out of 400ish pictures, i have nothing decent of the site GK // KS / KT / KO

had to do a weak collage of three lol

121120 14:38

WDI Studio Notes AW // Landscape Architects... I think you are all well aware that time is fleeting and the quarter is just about done. So to that end, here are some notes and points of clarification. 1. Projects are due November 28th in a digital format. A half size print is expected for review that day as well. Final submission of full-size printed work and model will be on Friday, Nov, 30th. 2. W  e will be selecting projects to be taken to WDI on the 28th. You all are invited to the event at WDI during finals week [probably Dec. 7th] but not every individual project is guaranteed to be included. We will only take work that stands up to the scale of the question of the studio. Projects not going to WDI will receive no better than a C, average work, and we are not highlighting average with the imagineers.

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3. Be smart about your projects and the places where you spend your time. Follow the narrative of your project through. Make what you need to make in relationship to the story you are developing. Projects about verticality cannot be made/designed/understood in plan. 4. Produce and print. You are all underproducing. And you must print. Computers are for producing, not designing. IF you design in the computer you will only end up with a project that is as interesting as your ability to push the software. And even then, it is the logic of the software that is your project logic. Produce and print. Draw on top of it, scratch on top of it, cry on top of it and push the ink around with your tears- the computer is only for production.


5. Work in section. The projects I keep seeing that are only developed in plan-view have SIGNIFICANT spatial problems. Think and design in layers. 6. R  ecognize the site. You are landscape architects- we fundamentally deal with sites. The relationship of the site to its context in both big and small ways must be developed. No project will succeed without this understanding. 7. Design big. Design at the scale of the question. Design at the scale of NYC. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t float programmatic pieces around in soup. The project must have large moves that hold it all together and work to connect ideas in structured ways. Follow your narratives too- I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see too many narratives about paving but I see a lot of paving patterns.

You all have interesting project ideas. But you have got to see them through. This is a studio about ideas. Your projects need to make the ideas clear through a structured narrative in the language of space. The project has a certain premise and you need to respond to it. We only have a few more desk crits left- tomorrow and Monday. Please be ready with your work and ideas. Use your classmates, this is the benefit of the studio atmosphere. I believe in all of you projects. It is time you all did to. It needs to be about the work, not making imagineers happy, not making me happy, not making Irma happy- the projects needs to work on your terms and make you happy. On and up!

8. Models. Where did the quick modeling go? All I see is trace yet you are all structuring space. Landscape ARCHITECTURE, uses architecture and its systems of thinking- it is a process not a thing. I encourage the models even in this late stage of the game, they can do a lot quick. 9. F  inal models need to be well made. No train sets please. The scale is to your discretion, make the model at the scale and in the form that best fits your narrative. 10. Reread the project documents. This is an OUTPOST<>EMBASSY, remember this and use it in your projects. 11. Lastly, use diagram effectively. They can really help you talk about complexity, process and systems in simplified ways.

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121121 23:05

ok... GK // KS / KT / KO

im tired of ideas that seem legitimate at night, then turn into crap gestural bs in the morning when i wake up. i think i have a base idea now, was hoping for a quick opinion (i know you guys are busy, just an “its crap” or “seems decent to run with” would suffice). this concept of threshold (challenges the reduction of passage to an abrupt crossing of a thin edge, a place of becoming where identity and relationships emerge) i looked at first. thought where and how to start. the curb of course. could go further out, but how far DO you go? flirted with definitions of wilderness (last quarter i ended up defining it as the place where our knowledge ends, and the unknown begins). yeah, so the asphalt to curb meeting it is. what if i paved over everything that is currently curb, sidewalk, and both parcels in asphalt (including the rec center, great because its uphill from our main parcel) - this part needs a lot of thought, but as a basis, run swales in a riveresque manner so all that storm water (shame shame landscape architect) is directed through the site on rainy days? then down to the “real” river alongside the waterslide (tentative) and steps? would include plays on trees somehow plus some witty application of serious vertical stuff to please the scale people etc etc. ultimately saying: “i’m not trying to answer the ‘what is nature’ question here. i’m trying to ask it. And its up to the individual to define it in his own terms, hopefully sparked by a questioning of the site and latent (ambient) knowledge” gay? oh and the layout too. IM USING SERIFS!!!!! whatever. the world’s ending in a couple of weeks. i doubt any visiting aliens are going to have much use for Helvetica 88


23:08

GK // haha just predicted a question from a panel WDI: so what can this “become”? Smartass: interesting potholes

23:08

KO // I think your idea is interesting, George. You can totally make it happen, but start showing us where the paving or threshold lines will actually be. What form will they take and why? A question all of us have to answer of course. Btw, could you save the sketchup site model down to sketchup7? And is the rhino site model still around too? Jw cuz I couldn’t find it. Thx!

I doubt any visiting aliens are going to have much use for Helvetica

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121122 02:09

121123 00:46

since you guys miss my spam GK // KS / KO / KT

looking for a simple 3D radio tower, stumbled on this GK // KS / KT / KO

http://www.rhinoscript.org/gallery/38 reminded me of kennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s geometries but i need simple! my Riparian Radio Tower string is an apology - a suture to secure the gash Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve left in the majestic Manhattan skyline! 01:28

GK // ef it. just made my own -_and put in on an island in the pacific ocean

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121124 03:52

not necessarily because its related GK // KS / KO / KT

just fucking awesome love you guys

121125 00:06

cleverbot GK // KS / KT / KO

no real reason for this, just something that i read years ago about a year after high school. I looked at my fingernails today and thought I’d rather measure time by their movement rather than by digital interfaces. “Pursuit”, by Stephen Dobyns Each thing I do I rush through so I can do something else. In such a way do the days pass a blend of stock car racing and the never ending building of a gothic cathedral. Through the windows of my speeding car, I see all that I love falling away: books unread, jokes untold, landscapes unvisited. And why? What treasure do I expect in my future? Rather it is the confusion of childhood loping behind me, the chaos in the mind, the failure chipping away at each success.

some creature trying to be silent Glancing over my shoulder I see its shape and so move forward, as someone in the woods at night might hear the sound of approaching feet and stop to listen, then, instead of silence he hears some creature trying to be silent. What else can he do but run? Rushing blindly down the path, stumbling, struck in the face by sticks; the other ever closer, yet not really hurrying or out of breath, teasing its kill.

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121126 17:18

title block KS // GK / KT / KO

Here’s what i did... still not too happy about it, but so it goes. I have no personal love of this layout but it will work. If you have any other ideas or changes, please let me know asap because I have to print mine early tomorrow morning. I don’t particularly love the “one line” group statement but I can’t really think of anything graphically that will work in a very narrow space, if any graphic really ties into all our projects anyway.... so if anyone has any ideas, complaints, or changes let me know.... 18:21

GK // its fine. thanks

1 + 00:05

GK // in case it matters, this is what i did with mine. probably get shit for not putting an image in the box. least of my worries. rhino is being a little mf’er

1 + 00:08

KS // that’s fine, but at least cover up that awful pink/salmon colored placeholder box... :p

1 + 00:09

GK // oh for fucks sake. i thought you picked that color.

1 + 00:11

KO // LOL!!

1 + 00:17

GK // grr

1 + 00:18

KS // ahh, so much better

1 + 00:20

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GK // now my salmon colored logo at the bottom doesnt match. 1st world problems


121127 22:54

hi GK // KS / KO / KT

that is all 22:54

KT // Bah. That is all.

22:56

KS // its funny, when the first message came through I instantly knew it was you... I get emails all day but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve trained me to recognize the timing of your correspondence

22:57

GK // neural synapses!

22:58

GK // im just laughing right now. all the stupid twists, turns, booleans, and patches i made in rhino look like a freaking sketchup or hand drawn 2 minute plan in plan view

22:58

KT // I guess I can count myself into that training since I literally checked my email for the first time in hours right when you sent that message. Creepy...

23:00

I can count myself into that training

GK // and for the record. never take a rhino export into illustrator that has imported 3ds geometry. spent 3 hours battling lag.

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121128 21:11

thought this was an interesting â&#x20AC;&#x153;building materialâ&#x20AC;? and application (installation) GK // KS / EL

http://vimeo.com/14644770#

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121128

qr building

20:45

KS // GK / KO / KT

no way..... totally found this by accident 20:46

KS // the link would help... here it is --> http://vimeo.com/8468513

21:06

GK // gayness. not the idea, it seems like it would have been something we’d develop. gayness because someone did it first -_-

21:57

KT // Ours still would have been way cooler. Let’s go with that.

22:00

KO // George your idea works, it’s been proven! And I like the beginning of the video... What will the future be? Totally the same direction we were headed in our project.

1 + 00:42

GK // an idea is only as good as your ability to develop and articulate it.

QR was just another random gestural piece of crap

QR was just another random gestural (on my part) piece of crap that i gave up on. obviously they did a very good job getting it to “stage two”. i’d still like to see it taken further (by them or whomever).

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121129 20:55

installation KS // GK / EL

check dropbox.... ill keep working on it to make it a little better... im going to start a page for project expansion possibilities 20:59

KS // and in the spirit of group cleverbot.... here’s a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERbvKrH-GC4 (also, i don’t have nab’s email, so forward accordingly)

21:18

EL // Looks good so far, love the text and the video.

21:18

KS // I also had an idea along the lines of creating the opposite - an obstruction. A possibly interesting place for this would be at that choke point right next to the cafe. It’s a very critical point, what if that was cut off? or maybe a bar overhead... so that people would have to duck slightly when walking through...

23:21

GK // theres a funny little semi oxymoron in your installation expansion diagram (png file doesnt link btw) “initial ladder”

23:38

GK // competency spelled wrong

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121130 03:33

121201 03:35

i feel like an adulterer GK // KS / KT / KO

a week late, but thanks CBers GK // KS / KT / KO

http://youtu.be/s4nSxArk9g8

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An Inquiry This installation speaks to the educational curriculum by challenging the imposed order, structure, and hierarchy of the learning process. Strict regulations and requirements are enforced to ensure students meet a minimum level of competancy prior to graduation. While this may impart a degree of comfort to the system, it runs a high risk of developing individuals who share nearly identical knowledge, skill, and value sets. Understandably, this is a recognized asset to a mechanistic and efficiency craving workforce, however such a rigid environment is detrimental to the cultivation of individuals who are capable of innovating and addressing the ultimate challenges of the future. In landscape architecture as with all of environmental design, circulation is the literal pathways within which users traverse a site. By introducing an installation which implies an alternative circulation; one which is very blatantly needed yet absent, individuals are encouraged to question the validity of the physical path they take. This installation will not command the attention of its visitors: it is small and discrete to invoke a sense of inquisition, of wonder, and of contemplation. Many individuals will likely ignore it completely, content with their chosen path. Others will investigate, be amused, be appreciative, begin to question the systems around them, and even possibly attempt to traverse a new path.

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CURRICULUM AS A SEQUENCED DECREE

CURRICULUM AS SELF-DETERMINING

MANDATED PATHS

CHALLENGED PATH


an inquiry

It becomes evident fairly early to the invested student submersed in a four year, quarter-based design sequence that he or she will have twelve opportunities to do something of significance. The studio is It becomes evident fairly early the positioned asto the intended catalyst for invested student submersed in a four year, these instances. As knowledge is accrued quarter-based design sequence thatsubsequent he or and applied to the she will have twelve opportunities to do quarter/opportunity, the number of chances something of significance. studio is- but something is remainingThe diminishes positioned as the created intendedincatalyst for the dust of these fleeting these instances. As knowledge is accrued chances. Mistakes marry with victories, and applied to theand subsequent they buy a home in our minds adjacent quarter/opportunity, the seemingly number of insignificant. chances to the remaining diminishes - but something is created in the dust these Soofwhat is fleeting significant? chances. Mistakes marry with victories, and they buy a home in ourthe minds adjacent We have absolute right to accept to the seemingly insignificant. significance as it is prescribed by an institution, without question. We also have So what is significant? the right to question the institutionally absolute prescription of what significance We have the absolute right to accept is. The latter is a ladder. It is the basis by significance as it is prescribed by to anstir our cognitive soup of which we begin institution, withoutmistake, question. We also victory, andhave the seemingly the right to question the institutionally insignificant. absolute prescription of what significance is. The latter is a ladder. It is the installation basis by was contrived by This proposed which we begin tofour stir invested our cognitive soupwho of saw an students mistake, victory, and the seemingly opportunity to supplement their twelve insignificant. opportunities with a thirteenth. It is food in its most proper form, and it instigates a This proposed installation was contrived by hunger for #14. four invested students who saw an opportunity to supplement their twelve opportunities with a thirteenth. It is food in its most proper form, and it instigates a hunger for #14.

Evan Lee Nabyl Macias Kenny Sperling George Kutnar Evan Lee Nabyl Macias Kenny Sperling George Kutnar

a collaboration of significance

a collaboration of significance

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TOPOS INSTALLATION PROPOSAL

NOTE:

KENNY SPERLING LA401

as I have also developed a proposal as a part of a group, this proposal is unfinished and presented for the value of the concept only. Should this proposal be deemed interesting, appropriate, or otherwise, it will be developed further.

INSTALLATION STATEMENT topos - greek for ‘place’ - technical translation variously as ‘topic’ or ‘line of argument’ Of all the various interpretations of what it means to be a landscape architect, ultimately the derived work, regardless of the strategy, situates itself upon the landform — the topography. The conceptual understanding of topography is a uniting factor amongst the students of the landscape architecture department at cal poly pomona due to its inclusion in first year studio work. In later years individual strategies deviate and classifications for various approaches to landscape emerge, however topography is something to which they all can relate and respond. This proposal suggests a single “topos” suspended in the env atrium. A large spandex rectangle would be fixed to the east and west railings of the second story walkways between room 203 and the atrium stairs. Grommets would be attached to the fabric in a grid with strings threaded through them. Weights of various strength would be attached to the strings causing the spandex to deform in different intensities across the field resulting in an expression of topography. The system of weights would be dynamic allowing for the continuous reshaping of the total form. From above images of the various strategies of approaching landscape could be projected down upon the fabric allowing the individuals below the form to see those same images as distorted by the landscape. The projected images would cycle, overlap, and bleed into one another as an expression of the dynamism and heterogeny of the profession of landscape architecture.

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topos INSTALLATION PLAN AND SECTION

walkway railings RM 203

atrium stairs

ground floor

INSTALLATION PERSPECTIVE

not to scale

not to scale

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121201 12:42

building materials GK // KS / KT / KO

http://lifeboat.com/ex/10.futuristic.materials

121201 12:42

“This is art and hard science colliding head on” GK // KS / KT / KO

http://www.deepstorageproject.com/DeepStorage/INTRODUCTION

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121202 01:06

mobile nexus structure GK // KS / KT / KO

;p Helioceras heteromorph. they lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

121202 01:09

SORRY BUT YES!!! Large Hadron Collider + Zombies! GK // KS / KT / KO

poorly made but A+ for subject matter http://youtu.be/luNueXoAw3I 11:45

KS // you really do need to get a tumblr blog or something... help you â&#x20AC;&#x153;retainâ&#x20AC;? all of these neat things you keep bringing up so you can always go back and look over them

11:53

GK // looks like i do have a tumblr blog...with a single post from June 10 2010 http://kutnar.tumblr.com/

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121202 18:40

121202 23:52

possible cleverbot uni’s GK // KS / KT / KO

Nothing is original KS // GK

Its seriously a plaster habitat sculpture for beehives o_0 http://www.triangulationblog.com/2012/11/jef-faes. html 23:57

GK // i should forward you andy’s response to the deepwaterproject dont be surprised if we “wrap this project then swim out beyond the land”

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121203 02:36

its digital insignificance until another consciousness experiences it GK // KS / KT / KO

just random if i email this its 0’s and 1’s ive obsessed over the album for the last week even if you think her titties are gross, it becomes something more than 0’s and 1’s = theory proven http://youtu.be/83hz1fjEZic

121203 03:07

Fwd: talk about a serious time capsule GK // KS

GK // started to consider how i’d approach something like this and had to curb myself http://www.deepstorageproject.com/

wrap this project then swim out beyond the land

AW // That is a whole other project...pretty cool. makes me think. wrap this project then swim out beyond the land. i book marked it.

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121203 15:17

pixels (NY) GK // KS

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/video/2EZq4b

121203 15:17

climb a redwood. dig a big hole that no one gets. hold my breath for 4:38 in salt water with a tide. GK // KS / KO / KT

http://youtu.be/LHsLw2ge-S8

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121204 15:38

Clever... KS // GK / KO / KT

User: What is Knowledge? Cleverbot: The understanding. User: How can we understand? Cleverbot: Practice. User: But what is the process? Cleverbot: There is no problem. We love each other. 15:56

KS // and this one... User: Knowledge. Cleverbot: Correct. User: What is the process to higher knowledge? Cleverbot: How do you learn from me? User: Interaction, receptiveness, and chance. Cleverbot: Are you learning? User: I believe so.

18:23

How do you learn from me?

GK // on the way to my final today, there was an interview on NPR that blew my mind. made me forget to study because i wanted to retain as much as possible (since i couldnt take notes while driving) had to dig, but found it: http://www.scpr.org/programs/ airtalk/2012/12/04/29529/reverse-engineeringthe-human-brain-with-futurist-/ should listen to it. the summary doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the conversation justice. especially when one of the guests speaks about the cloud and collective consciousness anyway, cleverbotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watson_(computer) his jeopardy appearance was pretty interesting 107


121204 20:23

Deliverables GK // KS / KO / KT

So by tomorrow at 5pm DIGITAL FILES Each team is to have one member of the team coordinate with Irma to give her your digital files: Your 3 minute movie, and your 2 minute team slide presentation. Submission format: In a CD or DVD. By WEDNESDAY DEC. 6 5PM Drop off in envelope outside Irma’s Office 7-103C (Outside offices by the grassy area facing Kellogg west.) Files clearly labeled as: Folder Name: Bewilder Files: 1_Bewilder_Movie.mvi 2_Bewilder_Slides.pdf

TEAM PRESENTATION Film – 3 minutes Each team is to present their 3-minute movie on the Cultural Value. Edit as necessary to combine the two films you made if you have received feedback indicating so. Team Concept Slide Presentation – 2 minutes Each team is to follow their movies with a two-minute slide presentation of the values design concept as done in the midterm.

Im trying to prioritize my stuff so that whatever we turn in tomorrow gets contributed to first. Im behind on my collage work, and I assume I’ll need to pull one or two images from them (open for interpretation). I’d like to know what everyone’s thinking about what we’re going to do. I’m strapped, I’m sure you guys are too. I believe I live closest to campus, so I don’t mind dropping off the CD/DVD.

22:06

KS // you should have got an invite from me for the shared folder with the final video its still uploading, give it a couple minutes...

22:26

KT // What are we supposed to have on this group slideshow? Is this in lieu of a board? Did anybody hear them talk about that in class? Can’t we just take the main ideas out of our 5min midterm presentation?

22:30

GK // it says values design concept. im not sure how to interpret that. we have one group concept and four individual. two minutes isnt a lot of time

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23:38

GK // few is such an abstract quantification. how freaking large is the file?

23:39

KT // I just say we basically go over our process up to the point where we split. So mostly what was on the top third of our last board. That should be two minutes easy...which is basically the last presentation minus about 3 slides.

23:55

GK // works for me. by the way, the new particle accelerator (large hadron collider) they are working on is a collaborative effort in the middle east. they’re calling it “sesame”

1 + 09:29

they’re calling it “sesame”

KS // Im with Kristen... just basically the same info we had at the midterm (process+value)... we can reuse the same slides or update/revise. Whatever works to convey the info efficiently in 2 min.

1 + 12:14

GK // im sorry but i wont be home until 3 - can one of you put the slides together and ill burn them with the video to take to irma when i get home?

1 + 12:16

KS // I’m working on slides now... I have nothing else to do so I don’t mind. If someone else is too then we can share input.

1 + 14:15

KS // If possible, send me something related to each of your personal boards (not the whole thing), a single image, the title... something. (also remind me what your personal titles were - i forgot, sry.) I’ll set up an alternative if we cant get it in time for some reason.... just let me know

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121205 14:34

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14:39

GK // this is all i have so far for mine =/

14:54

GK // just looked at the slides, saw the squares. maybe this is better

14:58

KS // actually, “GK-2” looks better (only needs to be 72dpi anyway... i zoomed in)

14:58

GK // ok. im cramming away at my stuff, just waiting for the finished slides then ill burn and go drop them off preferably by 4 if possible

15:01

KS // so, kristen/krystie a single photoshopped image / rendering / vignette of your personal project + your project’s title (i forgot) hopefully soon? idk, haven’t heard from you..... 111


15:03

GK // using a lightscribe CD btw. will etch team name and file names

15:05

KS // btw, idk if you notice in the slides... “Team Knowledge” is ok? I was just trying to make it clear to imagineering... still says “cleverbot” in the image pretty big...

15:06

KT // This one will do. Thanks a bunch Kenny for working on the slides! I’m definitely still chugging along on this project. PS...Carpe Diem screwed up my lasercut so I still don’t have my slices :(. Tomorrow will be a busy day of layering...436 pieces of it!

15:06

GK // title is fine. 3 down, one to go! KO where art thou?

15:07

KS // does your project have a specific title? ...or just “knowledge”?

15:09

KT // Oh title! It’s much longer than epistephrenia... if you can’t tell it’s a title plus subtitle. Form of Evolution Documenting a Knowledge-Based Progression

15:12

GK // is this ok for the labeling? and irmas email - the video file 1_Teamname_ Movie.mvi - was she indicating a specific video file type, or is mp4 fine?

15:13

KS // no, i dont even think .mvi is a real filetype. mp4 is fine

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15:13

KT // sorry... The Form of Evolution...I forgot the “the” in my own title.

15:25

GK // disc is scribed, i have a folder with the video and pdf properly labelled. just need that finalized pdf to save on top of the placeholder then burn and drop off

15:29

GK //

15:35

KT // Discoesque lights and a glimpse of shag carpet? Unexpected haha

15:35

KS // lol, you took the picture on top of the cleverbot laser-cut I texted Krystie, she should be sending me her stuff any minute now.... I’ll be putting both the final video and slides into the official submission dropbox folder. (i made one slight change to the video... just a tiny error that was bugging me)

15:36

GK // my mom knitted me that blanket... im going to go buy an envelope now, hopefully file can be finished around 4?

15:37

KO // “Interfacially Sublime”

15:38

GK // ok ill go get the envelope and pull the finished files from the dropbox folder

15:51

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15:57

GK // gah you cropped out my nexus lol

15:58

KS // I know, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be shown for maybe 10 seconds tho... the initial visual appearance with the radio tower looked better.... but I can change it if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer

16:00

GK // no its fine. i assume the final version of the video is still uploading to the official DB folder?

16:03

GK // or is your computer asleep again? ;p

16:07

KS // just finished, check now

16:07

GK // just popped. burning then driving. thanks guys

16:59

KO // The presentation looks great! thanks kenny!

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121205 16:50

Proof GK // KS / KT / KO

Uh there’s no other discs in the envelope. Couple of people in studio seem to think it’s due at 6. Whatever. It’s in, I just feel nervous that it’s alone and outside

16:50

GK // I’ll burn a backup

17:00

KO // Haha, I like how you took a pic of you dropping off the cd. Proof! And no one else’s is in the folder? Theres a bunch of them sitting in studio...

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121205 17:54

coralbot GK // KS / KT / KO

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19396944

121206 16:26

Movie Format KT // KS / KO / GK

Hi All, I just spoke with George who was recently notified by Irma that our video format (.mp4) will not work for tomorrow. I have never actually edited video before and have no idea how you would convert that...perhaps it is simple for our seasoned video editor (Kenny), but we need it to be .wmi or .avi (the ones she mentioned in the last email). We are to just go ahead and bring it on a flashdrive for tomorrow.

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17:00

KS // I’ve been talking with george and emailing irma too... don’t worry about it, i’ll just re-export in the needed format... it’ll make for a better result than converting it. ill upload it to dropbox after, so that maybe she can get it where she needs it before tomorrow, but i’ll bring it as well (i’ll send her an email) re-exporting now......

17:12

KS // Still, it irritates me because there’s no way they wouldn’t be able to play our file. I don’t know who she talked to but I think she took their response way too literally. I can understand that they wouldn’t want flash videos i guess... but .wmv and .mov are not standard formats by any stretch of the imagination. H.264 encoded mp4 (what i did in the first place) is super common nowadays, especially for web because it has the best quality to filesize ratio. adobe premiere doesn’t even export .mov.... and it exports practically everything..... whatever... I’ll have a .wmv in a few minutes here...

17:27

GK // Thank you. Sorry but today has been a shit disaster (unrelated to the project)

17:27

KT // Thank you so much Kenny! Lifesaver. And yes it is a pain in the butt, but mostly because we find this out the day before...

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17:30

A friend with intimate knowledge of Disney and New York told me about this today. Something to consider, I wouldnt email it if it wasn’t striking GK // KS / KT / KO

“Great Moments with Mr Lincoln” exhibit in Adventureland http://www.disney-pal.com/Disneyland/great_ moments_with_mr_lincoln_history.htm “value” statues note the 2nd

17:35

KS // bleh... knowledge as a teacher, how very thoughtful.... i love the redundancy too: “individualism” and “self-reliance”... “discovery” and “pioneering” ... “independence” and “freedom”

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WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING: BOBBY BROOKS MEMORIAL INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGN STUDIO

THE FORM OF EVOLUTION DOCUMENTING A KNOWLEDGE-BASED PROGRESSION

an embassy / outpost of knowledge

KRISTEN TUERK

manhattan, ny

A PERSONAL INTERPRETATION, REACTION, AND PERSPECTIVE DERIVED FROM GROUP DISCOURSE ON THE VALUE OF KNOWLEDGE

Bryant Park NY Public Library

Monumental Building Public Space

Grand Central Terminal & Chrysler Building

Vista

United Nations Building

Empire State Building

The Value of Knowledge

The cultivation of knowledge is a process by which one is constantly more well informed of the existence and reality within which one lives. All truths (or all that can be known) in a sense already exist, which means that the discovery of such truths is a broadening of self- and collective-awareness. Therefore, leaps in knowledge correspond to radically shifted or altered understandings of existence, both in the sense of the self and of the collective.

Roosevelt Island

Project Site

NYU School of Medicine

USER DEFINED TEMPORARY USES FLEXIBLE SPACES

New York City Trip

INTRAPERSONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Our class trip to New York was simply inspirational and insightful. A firsthand experience of Manhattan aided my understanding of the project site as well as other successful public spaces. I was inspired by the MOVEMENT, MONUMENTALITY, and SEQUENTIALITY as seen through the Highline, Ground Zero, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.

inspiration

site design

Madison Square Park

CIRCULATION

The overall circulation pattern following the concept of a nexus point.

INTERPERSONAL POSSIBILITIES COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE PROGRESSION OF SELF

THE HIGHLINE

movement

GROUND ZERO

FDR MEMORIAL

monumentality

sequentiality

CONNECTIVITY

3

1

“PULLING” IN THE COMMUNITY

KNOWLEDGE is comprised of many “threads”. Each “thread” represents a different perspective, interest and expertise. This building stands as a representation of the CONNECTION and SYNTHESIS of these parts, while providing a platform for connections to be made, and collective growth to occur.

time

2

3RD YEAR GRADUATE

PROGRAMMATIC ELEMENTS:

The project site will provide space for researchers from a broad variety of disciplines and any who are committed to the advancement of human knowledge to work in close proximity in an environment designed to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas and insights. Also, a public “nexus-point” at the core of the space will provide a forum for the new knowledge gained at this facility to be distributed into the broader human landscape.

East River

ARCHITECTURE

KNOWLEDGE is gained through INTERACTIONS and CONNECTIONS, is encouraged through the EXPLORATION of new informational avenues, and is the strongest component of what it means to be AWARE. It is a value cherished by all societies, regardless of demographic. The type of knowledge valued may vary from person to person, based on their experiences and interactions, but the importance of expanding the mind remains. This project is a representation of the organic process in which knowledge is gained. It develops from different perspectives through their individual explorations and interactions, and then grows into a more universal understanding through their connections.

The most vital component to our survival and advancement as a species is the continual augmentation of humanity's collective knowledge. By exploring the perpetual frontier of what is known, we increase the depth of our global understanding of what it means to be human, how to address our conflicts and adapt to our environment.

Brooklyn

BUILDING

Building organization based on program. The program is derived from the concept of time.

REALIZATION EXPERIENCE

AWARENESS

PROGRESSION

variety of spaces and enclosures

plays of light and shadow

ascending circulation

CONCEPT

The basic group concept for site landscape in which all things culminate at the nexus point.

INTERPRETATION CONNECTION linked circulation

PATTERNING

The landscape patterns reflect the patterning of the proposed building.

OPTIONS

multi-level entrance

building program

1 Past 2 Present 3 Future

PRIMAL

3

1

2

public

section element

central core

1

program pieces

2

3

1

3

2

3

open and enclosed interior spaces

SECTION

2

SOLID AND VOID

PS

PLAN

1

private both public

form

LIGHT AND DARK

black box/white cube/no walls

section

private vs. public

CONCEPT

ELEVATION

interfacial + sublime

the interaction between faces or layers

“threads” meet to create an open interior space

COLLECTIVE

“threads” meet to create a thickened, enclosed space

The program in the first section of the building will provide historical and tangible information through the form of a Museum, Library, and Archives.

Nexus

SHELTER (NEXUS)

SYNTHESIS

The Shelter is represented to the buildings that hold and distribute knowledge to the users.

twisting forms

2

Landscape

The Time Capsule is located within the building and acts as a Digital server continuously collecting and recording knowledge.

THE BANK

section element

COLLABORATION

Future Innovations

embassy / outpost program

DIGITAL TIME CAPSULE

ES

grandeur / beauty to inspire

3

PERSPECTIVE

organic formation

DISCOVERY

openings and pathways through enclosed spaces

Computers & Barcodes Media The second building supports public workstations with free internet access to users; an amenity that today is the main source of information worldwide. This building also houses private space for researchers in the fields of art and science. Users in this building distribute information to both the past and support the acquirement of future breakthroughs in human knowledge.

The Users of the site are the banks of knowledge, actively hold ing and distributing information.

ETHER Entrance

e

CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY POMONA // DEPARTMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

DEVELOPMENT ICONIC BIG VALUE, BIG BUILDING The building becomes a pronounced member of the New York skyline, standing as an icon for KNOWLEDGE. The form was derived from an exploratory and evolutionary process of development that ended with a greater realization of possibilities in tectonic form.

METAMORPHIC USER DEFINES THE PROGRAM When posed with the question, “What is going to make people keep coming back?”, I give the answer, “Flexibility of space”. The building acts as an ARCHITECTURAL CENTRAL PARK, where a variety of spaces (both physically and programmatically) can coexist in the same location. Enclosed, semi-enclosed and open spaces provide a range of spatial qualities, while creating opportunities to experience a breadth of understanding: sitting and reading a novel, contemplating high-art, conducting temporary research, or taking the time to relax and examine the self. The program changes with the user and their individual pursuit of KNOWLEDGE.

The entrance to the raised platform is the beginning of the experience the site, symbolic to the journey of life and attainment of knowledge.

THE LAND The Land is the connecting thread between each of the elements on site.

1

Print Ancient forms The program in the first section of the building will provide historical and tangible information through the form of public Museum, Library, and Archives.

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manhattan, ny

an embassy / outpost of knowledge

Bryant Park NY Public Library

Monumental Building Public Space

Grand Central Terminal & Chrysler Building

Vista

United Nations Building

Empire State Building

The Value of Knowledge

The most vital component to our survival and advancement as a species is the continual augmentation of humanity's collective knowledge. By exploring the perpetual frontier of what is known, we increase the depth of our global understanding of what it means to be human, how to address our conflicts and adapt to our environment. The cultivation of knowledge is a process by which one is constantly more well informed of the existence and reality within which one lives. All truths (or all that can be known) in a sense already exist, which means that the discovery of such truths is a broadening of self- and collective-awareness. Therefore, leaps in knowledge correspond to radically shifted or altered understandings of existence, both in the sense of the self and of the collective.

Roosevelt Island

Project Site

The project site will provide space for researchers from a broad variety of disciplines and any who are committed to the advancement of human knowledge to work in close proximity in an environment designed to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas and insights. Also, a public â&#x20AC;&#x153;nexus-pointâ&#x20AC;? at the core of the space will provide a forum for the new knowledge gained at this facility to be distributed into the broader human landscape.

Brooklyn

Our class trip to New York was simply inspirational and insightful. A firsthand experience of Manhattan aided my understanding of the project site as well as other successful public spaces. I was inspired by the MOVEMENT, MONUMENTALITY, and SEQUENTIALITY as seen through the Highline, Ground Zero, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial.

inspiration

site design

New York City Trip

East River

NYU School of Medicine

Madison Square Park

CIRCULATION

The overall circulation pattern following the concept of a nexus point.

THE HIGHLINE

movement

GROUND ZERO

monumentality

time

2

3

1

BUILDING

Building organization based on program. The program is derived from the concept of time.

CONCEPT

The basic group concept for site landscape in which all things culminate at the nexus point.

PATTERNING

The landscape patterns reflect the patterning of the proposed building.

building program

1 Past 2 Present 3 Future

1

2

3

1

2

public central core

2

3

FDR MEMORIAL

sequentiality


central core

1

program pieces

2

3

1

3

2

3

private both public

form

section

private vs. public

interfacial + sublime

the interaction between faces or layers

grandeur / beauty to inspire

3

Future Innovations The program in the first section of the building will provide historical and tangible information through the form of a Museum, Library, and Archives.

embassy / outpost program Nexus

SHELTER (NEXUS) The Shelter is represented to the buildings that hold and distribute knowledge to the users.

2

Landscape

DIGITAL TIME CAPSULE The Time Capsule is located within the building and acts as a Digital server continuously collecting and recording knowledge.

THE BANK

Computers & Barcodes Media The second building supports public workstations with free internet access to users; an amenity that today is the main source of information worldwide. This building also houses private space for researchers in the fields of art and science. Users in this building distribute information to both the past and support the acquirement of future breakthroughs in human knowledge.

The Users of the site are the banks of knowledge, actively hold ing and distributing information.

Entrance

ETHER The entrance to the raised platform is the beginning of the experience the site, symbolic to the journey of life and attainment of knowledge.

THE LAND The Land is the connecting thread between each of the elements on site.

1

Print Ancient forms The program in the first section of the building will provide historical and tangible information through the form of public Museum, Library, and Archives.


CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY POMONA // DEPARTMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING: BOBBY BROOKS MEMORIAL INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGN STUDIO

THE FORM OF EVOLUTION DOCUMENTING A KNOWLEDGE-BASED PROGRESSION

KRISTEN TUERK A PERSONAL INTERPRETATION, REACTION, AND PERSPECTIVE DERIVED FROM GROUP DISCOURSE ON THE VALUE OF KNOWLEDGE

ARCHITECTURE

3RD YEAR GRADUATE

KNOWLEDGE is gained through INTERACTIONS and CONNECTIONS, is encouraged through the EXPLORATION of new informational avenues, and is the strongest component of what it means to be AWARE. It is a value cherished by all societies, regardless of demographic. The type of knowledge valued may vary from person to person, based on their experiences and interactions, but the importance of expanding the mind remains. This project is a representation of the organic process in which knowledge is gained. It develops from different perspectives through their individual explorations and interactions, and then grows into a more universal understanding through their connections.

PROGRAMMATIC ELEMENTS: USER DEFINED TEMPORARY USES FLEXIBLE SPACES INTRAPERSONAL OPPORTUNITIES INTERPERSONAL POSSIBILITIES COLLECTIVE KNOWLEDGE PROGRESSION OF SELF

CONNECTIVITY

“PULLING” IN THE COMMUNITY

KNOWLEDGE is comprised of many “threads”. Each “thread” represents a different perspective, interest and expertise. This building stands as a representation of the CONNECTION and SYNTHESIS of these parts, while providing a platform for connections to be made, and collective growth to occur.

REALIZATION EXPERIENCE

AWARENESS

PROGRESSION

variety of spaces and enclosures

plays of light and shadow

ascending circulation

INTERPRETATION CONNECTION linked circulation

OPTIONS

multi-level entrance

PRIMAL

PS

open and enclosed interior spaces

section element

ION

PLAN

SOLID AND VOID


SECTION

LIGHT AND DARK

black box/white cube/no walls

CONCEPT

ELEVATION

ES

section element

COLLABORATION

“threads” meet to create an open interior space

COLLECTIVE

“threads” meet to create a thickened, enclosed space

SYNTHESIS

twisting forms

PERSPECTIVE

organic formation

DISCOVERY

openings and pathways through enclosed spaces

DEVELOPMENT ICONIC BIG VALUE, BIG BUILDING The building becomes a pronounced member of the New York skyline, standing as an icon for KNOWLEDGE. The form was derived from an exploratory and evolutionary process of development that ended with a greater realization of possibilities in tectonic form.

METAMORPHIC USER DEFINES THE PROGRAM When posed with the question, “What is going to make people keep coming back?”, I give the answer, “Flexibility of space”. The building acts as an ARCHITECTURAL CENTRAL PARK, where a variety of spaces (both physically and programmatically) can coexist in the same location. Enclosed, semi-enclosed and open spaces provide a range of spatial qualities, while creating opportunities to experience a breadth of understanding: sitting and reading a novel, contemplating high-art, conducting temporary research, or taking the time to relax and examine the self. The program changes with the user and their individual pursuit of KNOWLEDGE.


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cleverbot_video_3

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121210 11:30

Accreditation installation AW // NM / GK / KS / EL / et al.

All, The faculty met and selected your installations (herethereeverywhere, an inquiry and topos) to represent the department for the 2013 undergraduate accreditation. Congratulations. As you might have expected, we have some requests and requirements. First, you will be working with myself and Rennie Tang to develop the depth of the proposals. Second, the three proposals need to be combined in some manner- at least developed with the understanding that the work will need to complimentary. We will adjust the budget to accommodate as much as we can for all three ideas. Three, you all need to think about how we can incorporate examples of student work from the last two years. We also need to have enough space in the building to hold an event with 200+ people at it and all of them engaged with your work in the atrium and the gallery.

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We will need to develop the work to make very clear the curricular connections and intensity of the program. However, we very much want this to be about your ideas of landscape architectureyours not ours- so we will challenge you but on in support of your ideas. Lastly, start thinking and talking now. It is going to be a very busy quarter. Most of you are going to be in San Francisco with me and this will be installed in the days after the trip. We will get other students to help but you all need to push the ideas. You might look up the new work of Ai Weiwei at the Hirschorn Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;according to what?â&#x20AC;? Look at how his work is positioned and the way in which it is discussed. That is it for now. Again, congratulations and we are looking forward to you all representing the undergraduate program well.


121210 19:36

installation GK // KS / EL

from a friend at school, was neat that he “got it”, even more neat that this was his impression: i was packing and still thinking about the ladder. i love it even more now. i was thinking about the faculty and wondering what they were like when they were students... i think the criticism symbolized by the ladder is very valid, but what makes it love it even more, is that it is very constructive and respectful. it doesn’t rupture, 1 + 10:14

GK // it was Carlos the grad student from 303. he seems really enamored by it lol. he sent me a bunch of messages while he was supposed to be packing for mexico

1 + 19:25

KS // Its reassuring that he seemed to get it and like it so much. That’s the funny thing about it.... it seems so simple and people will stare at it and not get it, but then when they have to walk around it -- that act of walking around will convey the intent in a much stronger sense. Its confusing that it’s a static object yet interactive in the sense that when you walk around or away from it you are engaging it’s intended purpose... weird....

1 + 19:46

attack, or destroy anyone’s values and beliefs. rather, it adds and builds. it creates one more way, one additional path to choose from... and it is in inviting rather than imposing. it coexists alongside the curricular “ramp and stair”. one will stand in front of it, observe it, be desperately tempted by it, and yet still decide to go up the generally accepted path. and that is beautiful because that is life.

one more way, one additional path to choose from

GK // im pretty sure that (per andy’s email) it shouldn’t be too hard to tie it into the other two “winners”. considering one was Kenny’s topos and the other here.there.thing, seems like theres going to be some obvious correlations. i just hope we can still incorporate some guerrilla ladder installations. i like incandescent ops.

1 + 19:50

GK // http://www.berndnaut.nl/works.htm kept staring at this for a bit. would love to see a nimbus in bldg 7 135


121213 21:59

merry christmas cleverbot GK // KS / KO / KT

been sending out digital versions to people i dont have a physical addresses for. grouping them as well. this would probably be the most poignant example of a grouping logic. was tempted to address it to â&#x20AC;&#x153;cleverbotâ&#x20AC;?, but i wanted the sentiment to be individual. kenny - sorry if its a bit non-manly lol. i think you get the gist through all the love bombs.

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121214 16:19

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haha, made me think of “tower” and “strips of reality” GK // KS / KO / KT


121219 09:04

infoelkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cousin KS // GK

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121219 12:11

send me the original files of these if you still have them KS // GK

see attached images also, your NY “bias” photoset

i have about 130 pages to the process book so far.... hopefully I stay within the 240pg max for blurb magazines, but we’ll see 1 + 01:24

GK // I’ll see if I have any of those. Were impromptu just for their particular day so not sure if I saved them (haven’t been home in a few days)

1 + 04:29

GK // made a db folder. invite sent. still sifting through the remnants.

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121219 12:27

process book image help KS // KT / KO

I forget who originally did these. If you have the original files, could you send them to me? (see attachments) also, if there are any other process-images (for any of the 4 projects) not already in dropbox that you’d like to share with me, i would be very grateful :) the book is coming along well... 130 pages so far. have to keep it down below 240 (blurb magazine maximum) anyways, hope your break is going well i have yet to do much in the way of xmas shopping... i get absorbed in this stuff :/ 13:43

KO // I did those, I’ll send them sometime today...on the road at the moment. I’m excited about this book!

15:07

KO // I placed it in the folder “Project 2 > KO” Not sure if you’re adding details of each of our final presentations to the book, but I placed some images in “Project 4 > KO > Final Presentation”

17:37

KS // awesome, thanks

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121221 15:51

its a process that never ends KS // GK / KO / KT

As I continue to work on this process book it keeps bringing back memories of all the stuff we did over the quarter. What was bugging me was that I would keep realizing that I was missing things... such as the work we did when we came in on veterans day. Something like that was a very specifically important part of our process and yet I have no record of it. Then I would think some more and get bothered that I had no images of lagrangian points or that I didn’t have scanned images of all the sketches and drawings by KT and KO, not to mention that I don’t think I have anything from the charette. I’ve been taking photos of the stuff on trace that I do have and scanning every page out of my notebooks and contemplating how I’m going to ask you guys to send me all the information and files I want (because I want to avoid it becoming a very KS-centric book). Then it hits me as I’m sitting there bored scanning my notebooks.... Accurately documenting every single aspect isn’t what makes something interesting. That’s just good record keeping. What makes something interesting is revealing certain aspects that matter the most, or revealing the process through a certain perspective. I set out not to make an allinclusive account of our process but instead to make a book of all our email conversations over the course, along with QR codes to link to videos and webpages we referenced in those emails. My problem was once I finished the email part I just wanted to keep going. I guess I have an obsessive tendency that I feel the need to include everything lest the importance of it be lost. I feel this was also a huge reason why my individual final for the class didn’t speak the way I had hoped it would.

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This past quarter, this group, this process... its easily been the best experience I’ve had over my entire education and there’s so much for which I have you three to thank. I suppose I wanted to do something that acknowledged just how great it was. Maybe that’s not literally documenting everything. What’s past is gone, and I have taken with me what’s most important: a knowledge and understanding of process, communication, collaboration, and a spirit of fearless curiosity. So I’m going to redirect here and do instead what I intended to in the first place. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that I am continuing to learn more from this group... that’s the spirit of cleverbot; something I’ll always carry.

KS


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This Is Important  

a process book derived from email conversations and shared sources of alternative education

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