Bike Bridge →
Zoom in and then keep on zooming …
What kind of collaborative task would be...
A few ideas for brainstorming cooperative tasks that require minimal effort on the part of the individual, but result in a significant (or at least conceptually significant) cumulative effect over time. So task / interaction boundaries might include … Something that would be difficult for a computer to do … so something that humans are particularly good of doing … (image...
Real-time Cooperative Games Working together to get something done … with or without knowing who you are working with. http://wordsquared.com/ http://swarmation.com/ http://hotornot.com/ (a terrible website, but it demonstrates a simple collaborative interactive framework based on visceral responses, requiring very little “action” on the part of the voter) Crowdsourcing ...
A very simple real-time bridge traffic visualization based on the data here. Peds and bikes above, cars and buses below. Each cyan dot is a person. Dots on thin yellow lines are bikers. Busses are red. Cars are yellow. Limitations: Everything goes in one direction. Half should go in the opposite direction (I’m assuming …). Does not account for time of day. Simple takes the...
"Interactivity" and the "Audience"
As an interaction designer, I am thinking a lot about the kinds of interactions that this space will afford. No matter how much we try, the majority of the time, the majority of the people that inhabit this space will experience it as a thoroughfare. I don’t have the hard facts on this, but I do have a lot of experience walking and riding back and forth for the last 8 years. Based on...
Data Sources and Tech
Categories of Data This is just a copy of my raw sensor/data brainstorming list. None are prescriptive and most would need a very strong conceptual basis before I’d be interested in implementing them in a space like this. Mark Shepard is doing particularly interesting work/critique on this topic with interventions like his “Sentient City Survival Kit” e.g....
Idea Perhaps a way for bikers (or peds if we gave them some sort of stick to drag along the bridge the railings as they walked). While technically challenging, perhaps these surfaces could be “tuned” using the data collected at the site. This would likely be much easier for the fences, and more difficult to do in-ground for the bikes. Sources Tuned Fences ...
Bob checking out the structures with SEH structural engineer Gaylen Peruhn.
Quick Processing.js test
This is just a quick test to get processing working so I can show off some of my working ideas / inspiration.
Wash Ave Bridge Stats
“SE Washington Bridge over the Mississippi River carries an estimated 71,400 travelers; the highest number of all the selected count locations.” (2010 Minneapolis Bicyclist & Pedestrian Count Report) Traffic counts Motor vehicles - 37.6% bus transit - 32.7% walked - 19.9% (14,220 peds per day cross the bridge… third highest of all count locations) biked - 9.6% (6,850...
I’m putting together some infographics with some of this information about the campus… TRAVEL MODES AT THE U Bike - 7% (6,500 cyclists per day) Carpool - 7% Bus - 24% Walk - 30% Drive Alone - 32% AUDIENCE DEMOGRAPHIS Students - 51,469 Full-time Staff & Faculty - 16,305 Estimated Visitors (per day) - 15,000 Total of 80,000 people a day coverge to use University facilities...
I just added a ‘comments’ option on our blog. On the blog itself there is now a place where it says the number of comments under the date. To post a comment, click on the word ‘comment’ and it should allow you to post text and/or images. If you need to log into the DISQUS comment website (although I don’t think you should), our blog’s shortname is...
Soft Landing 2
I like the idea of soft landing a lot. I’m sure an immediate question will be its durability? How often does it have to be replaced? How easily does it mar, etc. Also, what are your thoughts about how it might look in relation to a playground? Is this a concern? Have you seen the Pae White’s design at Art Institute of Chicago?...
Does anyone know if there is a way to enable comments on this blog? It’s very frustrating not to be able to respond directly to some of these posts. I’m not seeing it in settings, but I’m going to enable “Ask Questions” and see what happens.
Flow - Kevin Kelly
Kevin Kelly’s 6 Words for the Modern Internet http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/kevin-kellys-internet-words “First we had files, folders, desktops. Then came pages and links. Now we’ve got streams and tags and clouds. Life logs, Twitter streams, RSS feeds, Facebook walls — no past and future, just a stream. “All these streams are together actually forming the new media, the new...
wam plaza program ideas
draft program bike overpass/portal raised seating/bleachers hanging bridge-side seating project specific new media art piece new media arts platform/program soft undulating surface/paving campanili (or other focal point) greenwalls w/ stormwater recycling other?
wam plaza art ideas - email chain 6.22.11/6.23.11
Bob Kost 10:42AM 6.22.11 Greetings, have you guys been able to formulate a more concrete proposal for a project specific art project or more detail on the “system platform” (especially thinking about physical infrastructure/space needs)? I think we really we need to move into production mode by the end of next week. Let me know. ALSO-Peter suggested a conference call/work session...
The Idea that Bob and I had relative to the rubber coating was to create a soft landing. Soft bridge landing in the hard and unhospitable space. The color /pattern should be bold. The other idea that I had is that it would be a way to make it peds only and create a relaxing slow down atmoshere. It will alos serve to cover up the patchwork of paving on the current bridge deck and make it more continuos. i will publish some rough sketches tofday. i like the spanish precedent but wie need to be careful to allow our own organic thinking about the rubber surface to not be limited by this example.
Living Walls and Rooftop Gardens →
Collecting New Media Art - Steve Dietz →
A description of new media art by Steve Dietz, including a helpful diagram by the artist Jim Campbell.
A couple of key analysis drawings that we will make today 2000’- there are three key connectors on the U of M campus that are all 2000’ long. The linear space connecting Appleby on the West with the Alumni center on the east. The steps of Northrop to the River flats (The key organizing idea of the campus) The center of the Mall on Washinton across the bridge to the Willey hall plaza Each of...
The site is made up of a series of flows or streams: pedestrians, bikes, cars, light rail, river, winds, and information. Bike traffic is in conflict with pedestrians and compromises the flow between buildings and space. Art, architecture, and landscape must be conceived together for greatest impact. We need to view the WAM plaza as part of the greater campus and part of the inventory of campus...