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BALANCING AGE

SUBMISSION ONE MARCH 14, 2011


John Won

Ruth Sumner My first memorable experience with technology was when I was about 10 years old, a boy in my class at school got a talking watch which told the time in an American Woman’s voice. I was very jealous indeed.

cover image: Group Experiment #1, generate timelines.

Daniel Collinson

Laura Jolly


B A L A N C I N G

Gina Van Barlo

Lulin Ding

A G E

Charles Chen


Fig.1; Waiting/degeneration/ transience and permanance.


G R O U P

P H I L O S O P H Y The precarious relationship between transience and permanence will be in a balanced state of equilibrium by the year 2040 in Wellington, New Zealand. This is highly influenced through Design and achieved through the power of connections. It is about “the organism in relation to its vital processes or functions, [that is] extended to include the mind.” (OED) and therefore also the machine; which is an equal to one’s mind through a symbiotic relationship. As “there are no ‘things’ in the natural world divorced from their systems”, (OED) we propose to move the WCC offices to Wellington’s train station (site) thus turning the site into the heart of the city with the transportation and communication systems acting as the arteries and veins flowing through and (re-)connecting Wellingtonians. The result will enable the symbiotic relation between man (mind) and machine to blossom and harmonise with the surrounding environment. Here-by turning the act of transit (under the guise of the theory of relativity) into a refining time for physically and literally re-connecting with society, thus re-gaining our social interactions from the culture of commodity.


Fig.2; Previous DLF project to critique: Being Human.


PREVIOUS DLF PROJECT CRITIQUE

opinions on critque of being human here: Wellington Railway Station The Wellington Railway Station is the heart of Wellington City. Where-by the transportation and communication systems stemming from this are the cities arteries and veins, and humans are the blood cells travelling and interacting through these systems. “An Evening Post editorial in 1914 described roads as ‘the arteries and veins of the social system of a country’.”

-developing economies, historic overviews of Wellington.

An area to look at is the historical recognition embodied in a building/ structure. Where-by the site is seen and interacted with as an anceaster, embodied/embued with knowledge, history and memories. It will also be interesting to look at deterioration of the building vs the physical deterioration of the inhabitants/users.


Fig.3, 4 & 5; Wellington Railway


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INDIVIDUAL

SITE Wellington Railway Station The Wellington Railway Station is the heart of Wellington City. Where-by the transportation and communication systems stemming from this are the cities arteries and veins, and humans are the blood cells travelling and interacting through these systems. “An Evening Post editorial in 1914 described roads as ‘the arteries and veins of the social system of a country’.”

-developing economies, historic overviews of Wellington.

Moving the council to the trainstation. By moving the physical headquarters we are connecting up the dots to make the wellington trainstation the true heart of the city. An area to look at is the historical recognition embodied in a building/ structure. Where-by the site is seen and interacted with as an ancester, embodied/embued with knowledge, history and memories. It will also be interesting to look at deterioration of the building vs the physical deterioration of the inhabitants/users.

Fig.6; Wellington City Map of Group members literal connection with site.


Fig.7; Inspiration. Eindhoven Glow Week 2010. Town Hall.


PROPOSED MEDIA & RATIONALE

The initial proposed media is video and projections inspired by Eidenhoven Glow week and the long now foundations ‘Prague astronomical clock.’ 600 year anniversary projection. the idea of projecting onto the physical deteriorating structure with the images of either the old building, or future projections. thus the ability to adapt buildings becomes easier, enabling the council to spend more on quality buildings.


INITIAL PHYSICAL/DIGITAL EXPERIMENTS

Fig.8; Comparison of mans nervous system vs the Wellington Railway Fig.9; station The Nervous System, image from the long now foundation.


...Most specifically timelines, for example within the wgtn cbd, literal timelines running through the streets especially along the coastline markings? This led on to more timelines talk, and the idea of the tiny tiny things which happen in the past or present and what impact they can have on the future, (butterfly effect) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect perhaps we could look at one tiny miniscule happenstance of present day wellington, which could unbeknownst to us have a huge effect on future life.

Group meeting: Thursday March third twenty eleven, Image: R.Sumner


Fig.11; Fibre Optics Networks in Wellington CBD. images from broadbandmap.govt.nz/map/


94 percent of global data is now stored digitally, up from 0.8 percent 25 years ago. Fig.12; http://news.discovery.com/tech/data-computing-information-technology-110211.html


system, n. Pronunciation: /ˈsɪstɪm/ /-əm/ I. An organized or connected group of objects. 1. a) A set or assemblage of things connected, associated, or interdependent, so as to form a complex unity; a whole composed of parts in orderly arrangement according to some scheme or plan; rarely applied to a simple or small assemblage of things (nearly = ‘group’ or ‘set’). b) spec. (with this, a possessive, or the like): The whole scheme of created things, the universe. c) With the: The prevailing political, economic, or social order, esp. regarded as oppressive; the Establishment; any impersonal, restrictive organization. Freq. with capital initial. 2. Physics. A group of bodies moving about one another in space under some particular dynamical law, as the law of gravitation; spec. in Astron., a group of heavenly bodies connected by their mutual attractive forces and moving in orbits about a centre or central body, as the solar system n. at solar adj. and n.1 Compounds 3 (the sun with its attendant planets, etc.), the system of a planet (the planet with its attendant satellites). 3. Biol. a) A set of organs or parts in an animal body of the same or similar structure, or subserving the same function, as the nervous, muscular, osseous, etc. systems, the digestive, respiratory, reproductive, etc. systems; also, each of the primary groups of tissues in the higher plants. b) With the or possessive: The animal body as an organized whole; the organism in relation to its vital processes or functions.Occas. extended to include the mind. c) In fig. phr. to get (something) out of one’s system and varr.: to rid oneself of some preoccupation or obsession, esp. by indulging in it to a point of satiety 4. In various scientific and technical uses: A group, set, or aggregate of things, natural or artificial, forming a connected or complex whole. a) of natural objects or phenomena, as geological formations, mountains, rivers, winds, forces, etc.; also of lines, points, etc. in geometry. b) of artificial objects or appliances arranged or organized for some special purpose, as pulleys or other pieces of mechanism, columns or other details of architecture, canals, railway lines, telegraphs, etc. c) Geol. A major stratigraphic division, composed of a number of series and corresponding to a period (period n. 6) in time; the rocks deposited during any specific period. d) The set of the various phases that two or more given metals are capable of forming at different temperatures and pressures. Usu. with qualifying term, as alloy system. e) Linguistics. A group of terms, units, or categories, in a paradigmatic relationship to one another. f) Computing. A group of related programs; spec. = operating system n. at operating n. Compounds 2. the placing of his bets.

g) With reference to business and social organizations and the operations or interactions they involve (see also quot. 19672). h) Colloq. phr. all systems go: everything functioning correctly, ready to proceed; everything fully operational. Chiefly fig. (orig. U.S.). i) A prefabricated construction unit used in system building (see system building n. at Compounds 5). 5. Music. a) In ancient Greek music, A compound interval, i.e. one consisting of several degrees (opp. to diastem n.); also, a scale or series of notes extending through such an interval, and serving as the basis of musical composition. b) Applied to a stave (obs.), or to a set of staves connected by a brace in a score of concerted music. 6. Ancient Greek Prosody. A group of connected verses or periods, esp. in anapæstic metres. 7. A pad formerly worn by women to raise up the hair: see toque n. 1b. Obs. II. A set of principles, etc.; a scheme, method. 8. a) The set of correlated principles, ideas, or statements belonging to some department of knowledge or belief; a department of knowledge or belief considered as an organized whole; a connected and regularly arranged scheme of the whole of some subject; a comprehensive body of doctrines, conclusions, speculations, or theses. b) spec. in Astron. A theory or hypothesis of the arrangement and relations of the heavenly bodies, by which their observed movements and phenomena are or have been explained. c) In weakened sense: A theory or hypothesis; also, theory (as opposed to practice). colloq. Obs. d) transf. A work or writing containing a comprehensive and regularly arranged exposition of some subject; a systematic treatise. Obs. exc. in titles of books. 9. a) An organized scheme or plan of action, esp. one of a complex or comprehensive kind; an orderly or regular method of procedure. Now usually with defining word or phrase. b) A formal, definite, or established scheme or method (of classification, notation, or the like). c) Crystallogr. Each of the six different general methods in which different minerals crystallize, constituting the six classes of crystalline forms. d) Any method devised by a gambler for determining the placing of his bets. 10. In the abstract (without a or pl.): Orderly arrangement or method; systematic form or order. Fig.13; Systems definition courtesy of OED


Patricia Piccinini, Litter, 2010

How will humans born via annonomous sperm donation now be like when they grow up in 30 years time, and start creating families of their own. This new race of people who have no biological past, so what is their future?

The completey/alternate virtual world, is this feasible fully for in just 30 years time? Eg. the decline in books (whitcoulls and borders closing down) and then theres this: http://www.googleartproject.com/museums/

Heres an idea that came up during our discussions: Eames’ power of ten movie: http://vimeo.com/819138 from this movie, perhaps we could all settle on one site, but view it from different degrees of magnification?


ESSENTIAL VITAMINS FOR HEALTHY AGING

Vitamin D Utilised by many organs, cells and systems in the body. It plays an intrisic role in calcium metabolism, the immune and nervous systems, bone, heart and kidney health.

Iron 24mg neccesary for the formation of haemoglobin which transports oxygen to the tissues.

Olive Leaf anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Helps in the maintenance of a healthy cardivascular system.

Magnesium For nervous tension, muscular cramps and spasms. Relaxation and sleep.

Vitamin B Relieves stress and increases energy. Assits brain functions such as memory and concentration and helps maintain a healthy digestive function.

Flax Seed Oil Nature’s richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Helps with brain and joint functions.

Vitamin C Assists in warding off diseases and boosts the immune system.


initial communication with film school ad placed in Big Idea 08/03/11 ad responses within 7 hours. opposite page, printed ad pinned up at Weltec.


This was an experiment to explore the feeling of being old. We made a thick face mask to restrain the movement of our face. We talked about the feeling of post botox, the loss of muscle control, and elasticity. The sensation of not wanting to move your face even to express natural expressions.


future proj e c tions

proposal to coat the site structure/building in an ‘armour’ to equally protect the original materiality and to project a new structure over the original.


fig.1 Time management chart showing project tasks and completion dates


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