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how I built this podcasts for 

innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists

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Fearlessly dream and build new worlds

Ancora grilloVasiu

GrilloVasiu left some traces.

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FANTASY

It's the engine towards what we think the future could be, it sets the ground for speculation

Walter Pichler

"Portable living room" 1967

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SYNTHESIS

It's the moment when a vocabulary with a common ground is shaped. We start to create our tools for a clearer vision of the fantasy. A reduction of unnecessary elements for a sharable vision, will define a specific reality for our project.

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The infinite column

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DESIRE

It's the moment where a fantasy starts to have a shape to be defined into something more concrete. in order to desire something it needs to have a shape, a face, it needs to start to exist.

Ancient Egyptian aerial plan of the Temple of Amun

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CRISIS

It's the moment of negotiation, not only with your colleagues and clients but as well with your own principles, desires and ambitions.

They are constraints that we have to be able to transform into qualities and advantages instead of compromises.

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CONFRONTATION

A constant hunger for something new is necessary

Unknown Swiss Artist

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The persistence of the Obvious

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Declaration of independency of a finite universe, where sometimes things are not what they seem. Old and new fragments working together to find a possible way of living.

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The traces of Marco Barbieri.

Ancora Marco Barbieri
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An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus

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"Homo Urbanus is a cinematic odyssey offering a vibrant tribute to what we have been most cruelly deprived of: namely, public space.
Taking the form of a free-wheeling journey around the world (10 films, 10 cities), the project invites us to observe in detail the multiple forms and complex interactions that exist every day between people and their urban environments.

Somewhere between visual anthropology and observational cinema, these films put urban man under the microscope and encourage us to take a closer look at individual and collective behaviour, interpersonal dynamics, social tensions, and the economic and political forces that play out every day on the grand stage of the city streets.

These films explore our condition as a human animal and the way in which the city—this artificial environment that we build around us every day like an extension of our contemporary bodies—shapes and conditions us. Yaken on the fly, these visual notes look at urban man not only within his group but also in the depths of his solitude, redesigning the outlines of the city according to a kind of emotional geography. More than mapping out an area, the idea is to allow a city to speak through the ways in which it is used, in order to show the shifting nature of its human landscape and to understand what local singularities remain in the context of the wholesale globalisation of our urban lifestyles. By assembling these different films, this installation looks at cities as unique responses to the global challenge of living together.

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about

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repetition

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Residents of Hong Kong have 2.7 square metres per person of public space, slightly larger than a coffin or a toilet cubicle.

Singapore at half of the size of Hong Kong has 7.4 square metres  of urban public space per capita.

New York, also known for its high land price, has over 10 square metres.

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Matt Quinn anchor

some traces by Matt Quinn director of Squint/Opera...

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allowing to deliver a content

to build a narrative

COMMUNICATION

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setting up a strategic frame

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How to put many pieces of information together, communicating a lot of complexities to a broad audience?

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Did you know Toyota was actually a looming company at the beginning? 

Read more...

Read this interesting PAPER

about how communication transform the perception of architecture, with the case study of the Seattle Library, by OMA.

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OMA

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BIG 

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"We pull the architect's ideas apart to reassemble them together for the purpose of communication.

We look at it from the audience point of view, which often means REDUCING the amount of information you try to convey down to the most critical elements."

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KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE

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SIDEnote

Just check them out if you don't know them...

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The importance of communication to

improve experience

Build the Narrative first and design the tech around it.

You need to allow people to enter a piece of information from many different levels.

This doesn't mean dumbing everything down, but it means considering HOW audience engage with information and build your communication strategy around it.

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tamsin green database

the traces of Tamsin Green 

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Time & Contact

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Widening & Cataloguing

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Developing the process

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Structuring the narrative

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the importance of a   sketchbook

check the Sketchbook Project, the largest collection of artist sketchbooks 

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Embedding the idea of a project into its process
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We have come increasingly to forget that our minds are shaped by the bodily experience of being in the world; its spaces, textures, habits. The work explores the ordinary act of walking; to make sense of the world and myself. Reading the paper landscape of the map, and seeing it come to life through the combined activities of thinking and discovering while walking. Working with close up photos, coupled with the act of collecting, and subsequent photographing of these specimens in my studio, I create a mapping of where my eye and hand wander, a dialogue between the physical body and the path.

© Tamsin Green

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MAPS

A two-dimensional depiction of a

three-dimensional condition.

In the '800 maps were much more "representative" , closer to paintings, as they were drawn from direct observation of nature.

In the 1950s, maps started to be drawn from aerial photos instead, becoming an extracted graphic representation in a 2D line drawing.

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other

MAPS

Read CARTOGRAPHIC GROUNDS,

from Princeton Architectural Press

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BTW Check the amazing work of  ScanLAB

This is a question of representation. Twice a day, twelve hours apart, a new image of Earth is scanned and saved by the Soumi National Polar Partnership satellite and its sensors. The 1:30 p.m. daytime image, assembled from data gathered over a number of days, shows a cloudless Blue Marble. The 1:30 a.m. nighttime image, similarly composited, forms a Black Marble, a cloudless view of lights across the planet. The sensors can observe light in extraordinary detail, all the way to the level of a traffic lamp or a fishing boat. According to NASA, “the sum of these measurements gives us a global view of the human footprint on the Earth.”

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Johann Kepler, Prodromus dissertatiorum
Johann Remmelin, A Survey of the microco

theseBOOKS

Three-dimensional elements into a

two-dimensional artifact.

3d books - euclid the elements of geomet
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Lucy Mclauchlan database

the traces of Lucy Mclauchlan

Space and Body Motion

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a mural

is art that is not meant to last

a canvas is a permanent record

"Street art is not an art movement, it’s a cultural phenomenon.

When perceived in such a wide context, is it better to just remove walls, sell them and keep them in museums, or should we allow for street art to remain what it essentially is -

an ephemeral mirror

of currents of the moment? "

Ron English

...or so they thought...

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P o w e r f u l    I m p e r m a n e n c e

Black & White

as layers

Colors 

as memory

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Marco Oggian's traces

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Bold messages

and design

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Design is a Language, not just something cool

...but it's also cool

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5 colors as a choice to express everything

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...or just one

Use creativity

for change...

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Only if we manage to see the universe as a single entity, in which every part reflects the whole and whose great beauty lies precisely in its variety, will we be able to understand exactly who and where we are.

Tiziano Terzani

Different from everybody and nobody

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...but never take yourself too seriously

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PUNK

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Eike

Konig

some traces left by Fondamenta 

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Fondamenta architecture

the pursuit of balance

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spaces in transition defined by tectonics

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The surrealist moment

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a process

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The role of the architect // Governance of the process

Nowadays there is a sort of effort to relegate the function of the architect to purely aesthetic-decorative tasks (or, as we say to the "design intent" of a project), removing him from his technical universe and thus making the task of a unitary discourse difficult if not impossible on the making of architecture.

Should there be a return of the architect's role to the one envisaged by Vitruvius?

Should the architect re-gain a leading role as the administrator of the whole process, able to deal with practice and theory, and able to operate on the entire architectural body, from research to execution? 

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a deeply skeptical critic of TECHNOLOGY and "techno-culture"

used at the service of the architect, to re-assume his role of key agent in the building process. A technical tool and a communication tool.

Building Information Modeling

is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction a shared platform, a collaborative way for multidisciplinary information storing, sharing, exchanging, and managing throughout the entire building project lifecycle

It is a system where a 3D model holds information (data) on every single one of its components. 

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shells Suspended for 6 months...

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Fondamenta architecture

...until the roof is poured.

deliberately putting together things that do not belong

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Domestic Infrastructures

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check this out

https://drawingmatter.org/

on Domestic Infrastructures...

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pushing MATERIALS to their LIMITS

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about Architectural Competition (& other stuff)

Read this

Wolfgang Tillmans + Rem Koolhaas

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Tom benson DATABASE

TOM BENSON's TRACES

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"As AI (Artificial Intelligence) becomes ubiquitous, it transforms many aspects of the environment we live in. In cities, AI is opening up a new era of an endlessly reconfigurable environment. Empowered by robust computers and elegant algorithms that can handle massive data sets, cities can make more informed decisions and create feedback loops between humans and the urban environment. It is what we call the raise of UI (urban intelligence)."

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making an impact here, has an impact on everything else on the planet - and due to the prominent role of cars and transportation in general, working on the future of mobility

is one of the most pressing aspects to shape a better environment.

get to know Systematica

collecting, mapping and visualizing data about our cities

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Physical 

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social

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Flows

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TUDELFT

is also working on datapolis