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LESSONS OF JPL-CALTECH & ART CENTER COLLEGE

DESIGN THINKING Albert Einstein was.

Seen here riding a bicycle during his time at Caltech, Einstein was the original geek to go mainstream. With uncharted connectivity between left and right hemispheres, hisYard wild The Mars creativity also made is JPL’s area for testing for extreme eccentric. rovers that its makerHis unkempt hair has spaces are producing. become trademark, JPL is ageek heaven. but he wason also known drawing a sci-fi to“sense smoke of cigarette butts wonder.” picked off the street and his chauffeur claimed to see pick a grasshopper off the ground and eat it. He never wore socks and was known to play his violin on bird-watching treks with tears streaming down his face.

Jet Propulsion Lab is

If you define a geek as Richard Feynman someone peculiarly The brilliant Caltech intelligent, obsessive and scientistol’ describes the eccentric, Al would guesswork in surely fit the bill. the laws and 1 MIN YOUTUBE methods of FEYNMAN, science, a data SCIENTIFIC driven, bottom- METHOD up approach with many top-down aspects as well.

The Pasadena Geek In film and TV, geek culture has gone mainstream.

DO IT YOURSELF & THE RISE OF GEEK CULTURE

As urban design has been eclipsed by the power of policy, the approach of design thinking is key to finding effective solutions. Top-Down Design is Policy Based: Form Follows Function

The technical, deductive and narrowing approach of topdown design is effective for infrastructure, objects, and linear systems that do not need feedback loops. In Modernist architecture top-down often produced a lifted separation of people from the street. This machine-in-the-garden aesthetic has had great success in suburban settings such as Art Center College (top), and in the architecture of homes and housing. In an urban setting, top-down design often results in a lack of human scale. Redevelopment in Pasadena and the story of its mall are examples of a top-down design process (p.58). Both utilized a process of planning that involved few people, had a promising grand opening and then quickly failed to thrive. Bottom-Up Design is Process Based: Form Follows People

Bottom-up design includes a plurality of approaches. It is handson, experimental, recursive and includes feedback loops, making it flexible to new information. Along with being driven by investigation, data, and stacking disciplines, bottom -up approaches excel at guess-work, which Richard Feynman described as being key to the laws and methods of science. Top-down approaches often lack the patience to do guess-work. “Science is the Belief in the Ignorance of Experts”

Albert Einstein was.

Seen here riding a bicycle during his time at Caltech, Einstein was the original geek to go mainstream. With uncharted connectivity between left and right hemispheres, his wild Cars from Clay creativity also made Artextreme Center’seccentric. auto design for program uses clayhas to His unkempt hair build life sized car bodies become a trademark, that influence the world. but he was also known to smoke cigarette butts picked off the street and his chauffeur claimed to see pick a grasshopper off the ground and eat it. He never wore socks and was known to play his violin on bird-watching treks with tears streaming down his face.

Art Center College

If you define a geek as sets the peculiarly standard someone for design as the and intelligent, obsessive world’s top school of eccentric, ol’ Al would automotive design and surely fit the training thebill. leading car designers.

Richard Feynman

Design Thinking is a more scientific approach to problemsolving, requiring the patience to explore options and find the solution first and then bring in top-down experts to complete and execute the vision. NASA/JPL’s Voyager probe contains this Golden Record.

The Golden Record connects the story of humanity’s past with the potential of its future.

Carl Sagan produced a “Golden Record” attached to JPL’s Voyager, a “message in a bottle.”

“The launching of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic ‘ocean’ says something very hopeful about life on this planet.”

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