Future of Navigation

Some snapshots from last Tuesday’s Future of Navigation event, organised by the Future Cities Catapult in London. Below is our interactive installation on the experience of the city through the ‘lens’ of partially sighted conditions. On the left a video project simulates what it means to walk with a variety of partial sight conditions; on […]

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Sky News interview

What does it mean to navigate in the city for our partially sighted and blind fellow citizens? Well, we are currently preparing a study to explore this in collaboration with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the Future Cities Catapult, which appeared recently in the SkyNews show ‘Swipe’ and you can see it […]

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East London regeneration

All around [east] London, the old city gives way to the new. Abandoned, derelict buildings, small factories but also buildings that became outdated are being demolished and all traces removed. Building carcasses carefully wrapped in white, a last moment of care before they dissappear to make room for what more often than not looks like […]

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A surge in personal sensing EEG

Following the success of the quantified-self and activity tracking wearables, a number of commercial electroencephalographers (EEG) have appeared during the last year, all seeking crowd-funding support, and all easily surpassing their set targets. Tracking one’s own behaviour patterns and turning them to data, how many steps walked or how many miles ran, resonate with our […]

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the urban exoskeleton

The human endoskeleton was one of the many products of that ancient mineralisation. Yet that is not the only geological infiltration that the human species has undergone. About eight thousand years ago, human population began mineralising again when they developed an urban exoskeleton: bricks of sun-dried clay become the building materials for their homes, which […]

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International Book Week

“Both the early peripheral estates, and the more numerous inner-city slum-clearance schemes, represent some of the earliest examples in Britain of large-scale town planning, and both kinds achieved an extraordinarily high level of architecture and civic design”. (****, 1988/1990, p.52) #International_Book_Week The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the […]

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The LA metaphor

“… In the centre, shining from its circular turrets of bronzed glass, stand the Bonaventure Hotel, an amazingly storeyed architectural symbol of the splintered labyrinth that stretches sixty miles around it …” Edward Soja, Postmodern Geographies, 1989, p. 242 Soja’s description of the Bonaventure hotel, has stayed with me a few years, since I first […]

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Pedestrian London

This map shows all the parts of London’s road network that are classed as footways.[1] These are displayed red, on a background featuring natural areas (parks and forests) and also waterways such as rivers, canals and, of course, the Thames. What surprised while making this map is not only the quantity of footways in London’s […]

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