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Lebbeus Woods on Experimental Projects

“There is a more critical reason for experimental projects of different kinds than the practical benefits that may—or may not—result from them. The truth is that most experiments lead nowhere and judged from a strict cost-benefit viewpoint are a waste. However, learning and invention are notoriously inefficient, requiring many failed attempts and dead-ended explorations to find one that is fertile enough to open out onto a rich new landscape of possibilities. If a society is unwilling to tolerate such waste it will stagnate. In today’s world, which is under tremendous pressures of change, a vital and growing society not only tolerates but actively supports experimentation as the only way to transform the difficulties created by change into creative opportunities to enhance and deepen human experience. This is doubly true for the field of architecture which, charged with continuously remaking the world, is at the forefront of this struggle.”

LW

Well stated point by Lebbeus Woods, we cant undermine the validity of innovation that lies within the experimental projects especially in architecture.

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Imagining the Mississippi

30 design ideas to improve the quality of Minneapolis’ riverfront.

Imagine the Mississippi

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Lecture on Landscape and Architecture by Stan Allen

Great lecture by Stan Allen on looking at adaptable architecture and landscape design in a largely urban setting.

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Second Contribution to Spacing blog – Portlands Design Intervention

My second contribution to Spacing blog as part for my summer workshop at OCAD called Cities for People.

Portlands Design Intervention

-A.C.

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Portlands article on Spacing blog

Here is my contribution to Spacing Blog on Portlands neighbourhood as part of summer workshop at OCAD called “Cities for People” taught by Shawn Micaleff.

Portlands article

-AC

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Rural Studio – a perfect place for a design student

http://vimeo.com/11626019

Environmental Design at OCAD needs that, perhaps as a permanent and affordable fixture.

-AC

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Luis Kahn short film

For your entertainment.

-AC

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Radiant Dark 2010: Assets & Values

An exhibition of modern Canadian Design

January 20-24, 2010

More info:

http://www.madedesign.ca/radiantdark/main.html

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Losing Site: Architecture, Memory and Place

DATE | 17 November, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

LOCATION | Room 1009, Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto

DESCRIPTION | Architectural historian and York University visual arts professor Shelley Hornstein uses several case studies to demonstrate different ways imaginary and real representations of buildings and places trigger, create and shape memory. Her presentation is an overview of her forthcoming book of the same title. Hornstein argues that architecture is best remembered by experiencing a place. The buildings of an experienced environment are vividly preserved in memory. Yet when the architecture is no longer present (for example, if we’ve left the place, or the architecture is demolished), or if a site is only ever experienced second-hand through photos and descriptions, people carry on remembering those locations. How does architecture, as a built material object, become iconic in non-architectural forms? What is the relationship between the built object and the visual and textual body of imagery that enables our imagination to, in effect, “transport” architecture elsewhere? In what ways do ideas or images we remember of certain buildings or places endure in our memory? What is the relationship of a physical place or building to an idea with a site or object as the material match to anchor or trigger the recollection?

Posted by Andrey Chernykh

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Perspectives for a Conversation about Innovation by Alexander Manu

Perspectives4Innovation

In this document strategic innovator Alexander Manu who is a professor in OCAD, talks about the power of imagination and an act of suspending habit as keys to creating the future that we desire.  By addressing the current trends in human behaviour and technology and putting the reader in an empowered position, he argues that human desire as a primary element which should be used to ask questions about everything that is around us not to just improve but to reinvent and truly shape “tomorrow.Perspectives4Innovation”

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