Wednesday, 30 September 2009
My survey 'Do you need timeout' has also generated ideas from areas such as the treatment of post traumatic stress, where unanticipated triggers can provoke spontaneous memories that cause panic attacks. EMDR Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing is a technique where the patient is encouraged to use bilateral eye movements (e.g left-right-left) when recalling traumatic and distressing events. This technique has been found to reduce the intensity of the memory. I am wondering whether there might be a connection between this and the sensation you get on a speeding train? I often find my thought processes run smoother when I am in motion - watching the world go by?
Monday, 28 September 2009
Getting peoples preferences on their version of a space for time out has generated some good nuggets of ingredients to chew on so far:
- ' a haven of the unexpected' that is 'deliciously enclosed'
- ' a womb like flotation tank'
- ' pre-menstrual huts complete with stacks of plates for smashing'
- ' padded cells'
- 'natural colours and patches of intense pigment'
- wind and breezes quite popular
Monday, 14 September 2009
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Is it the density of the population and the limited space that makes some people in India so organised and tidy? A place for everything and everything in its place, including yourself. Work done, time for a break. This was in a Bangalore market in April
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Having done a combination of mapping with google maps and pacing the streets, I made a colour sampler to demonstrate the (visual) experience from photographs that I took in churchill square using the eyedropper in photoshop. This is a colour palette of the environment, not the people.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Sennet keeps returning to the need for ambiguity in urban environments . He seems to be responding to the over design of certain modern buildings and streets that do not allow for an evolution or interaction developed over time with use, that do not accomodate adaptations. But also that we need more, not less, challenging spaces. Guy De Bord coined the phrase psychogeography in a response to the perception that everyday life is controlled and manipulated by over regulation. Are there examples of actual places and spaces that respond to these ideas?
It turns out that the growing wall concept was invented by Patric Blanc, who is giving a talk at 100 percent . That one I saw in Paris is probably one of his and he did the one for the Ministre de Culture (architect Jean Nouvel). oddly reminiscent of my brother's overgrown garden that recently had to be scoured because the ivy was eating into next door..
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
The recent conversion of New Road introduces the concept of mixed used streets to Brighton: cars, bikes and people are equally free to roam and it seems to work. A hundred yard bench provides opportunity to share a seat whilst at the same time maintaining personal space. A snap shot survey reveals that pedestrians and cyclists take over:
New Road 7/9/09 08:50 -09:50
woman with bag:96
woman with rucksack:9
woman with nothing:4
man with bag:21
man with rucksack:22
man with nothing :43
rollerblades : 1
man with one item( enveolope, light bulb, guitar, paper, folder, can): 6
woman with stick:1
man with stick:1
wheelchair user: 1
Sunday, 6 September 2009
When we were in Andra Pradesh in April we visited a home where a woman was grinding chilli like this: a hollow in a slab of stone in the ground: looks like hard work. But interesting that you can make shapes in the fabric of the building for functional purposes
Thursday, 3 September 2009
Trainers are probably the most ubiquitous form of footwear. developed for sports, worn by anyone comfort and convenience and pounding the pavements. They work - consequently multiple designs accomodate taste and fashion. 4 wheel drive versions of footwear. Could difficult terrain be reintroduced into urban environments: rocks, moorland, to make more challenging experiences? You can get portable climbing walls now.
Preoccupation with weather in britain is inevitable - what to wear to avoid being soaked, cold, burnt? Can these elements be used to create engaging and environments and functional objects in the urban environment? things that interact with weather things that make you wish it would rain?