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Paris: Invisible City
"Paris, the City of Light, so open to the gaze of artists and tourists, so often photographed, the subject of so many glossy books, that we tend to forget the problems of thousands of engineers, technicians, civil servants, inhabitants and shopkeepers in making it visible."
paris  cities  places  brunolatour 
january 2012 by mattedgar
Of sidewalks and signals: Learning to listen on the urban frequency | Urbanscale
" What we need now, acutely, is a generation of technologists who understand the texture and nuance of city life, and, in parallel, a generation of urbanists with some nous for the technologies that now do so much to shape that life. Perhaps together, they can offer us a third and unifying lens, a lens through which the city of stones and the city as lived can be seen to be one and the same place."
cities  design  urban  ism  places  architecture  networks 
january 2012 by mattedgar
Particulations: Sleeping Northern-based Psychogeographer Invents New Unit of Time
"This unit of time lasts anything between 10 mins and 1 hour, but is significant because the quantity of time is uncertain to the psychogeographer due to the psycho-aesthetic state they are currently experiencing (what the psychogeographer Iain Sinclair would describe as 'reverie')."
time  places  people  im  precision  ish  leeds  psychogeography 
january 2012 by mattedgar
The Hayfield Chapeltown road
"Over the next few months, Facebook will be archiving all groups created using the old groups format. When this group is archived, its wall posts, photos and discussion threads will move to the new groups format, but group members will need to be re-added."
facebook  places  leeds  history 
november 2011 by mattedgar
Original Bearings | Furnace
"Our city is changing. Old mills converted into apartments, warehouses into clubs, arches into garages, wastelands appearing where once there were homes. This is the first stage of a major new Slung Low adventure. Taking inspiration from the changes that our city has undergone, Slung Low explore the history of Leeds and how the myths of a city are created, how the stories of a city are told."
Leeds  history  stories  places 
october 2011 by mattedgar
Botanic Notables: Chêne Chappelle (Chapel Oak) | Garden Design
"The chapels were built in 1696, when lightening burned through the tree. Two pious locals—the Abbot du Detroit, and father Du Cerceau—regarded the hollowed trunk as a potential new sort of sanctuary to the Virgin Mary. They built a small alter space, which they would call Notre Dame de la Paix (Our Lady of Peace). Then, an exterior spiral staircase and a second small chapel was added. This was the Chambre de l'Ermite (the Hermit's Room).

Thus established as a symbol of clerical power, the oak literally fell under fire during the French Revolution. In 1793, a insurgent crowd threatened to torch the tree in the name of a new republic and church. Again, a villager swept in and updated the oak tree's image, renaming it the "temple of reason" (a sacrosanct epithet during the Enlightenment). A plaque was hung, and the mob retreated."
places  trees  france  via:boingboing  revolution  1793 
august 2011 by mattedgar
"In my experience, people in developing countries (of no particular educational stature) are able to explain the history of their country, including the role played by foreigners, to a far greater degree than people in the west. Some people in the UK complain of the arrival of Indian and Pakistani immigrants, for example, apparently oblivious to the fact that we went to their countries first and that our colonial history might plausibly be linked to today's reality."
history  places 
august 2011 by mattedgar
RTPI in Scotland - Royal Town Planning Institute
"sir patrick geddes commemorative lecture 2011, 8 june, edinburgh
Carolyn Steel, the architect and author of the book Hungry City will be giving the lecture on "Food and Cities" at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh."
food  cities  places  edinburgh 
june 2011 by mattedgar
The Real Reason Why Bicycles are the Key to Better Cities | Sustainable Cities Collective
"The most vital element for the future of our cities is that the bicycle is an instrument of experiential understanding. On a bicycle, citizens experience their city with deep intimacy, often for the first time. For a regular motorist to take that two or three mile trip by bicycle instead is to decimate an enormous wall between them and their communities."
cycling  cities  places  experience 
may 2011 by mattedgar
Howick Hall Gardens in Northumberland. The home of Earl Grey and our historic coastal gardens : The History Of The Church
"The small stone gargoyles on the exterior of the north wall were all carved by Maria, 3rd Countess Grey, who was a good amateur artist, but sadly she never got round to doing the south side."
churches  places  gargoyles  unfinished 
april 2011 by mattedgar
W. Brian Arthur Vs Silicon Roundabout, ‘Start-Up Britain’ and other shake-and-bake approaches « Magical Nihilism
"Building a capacity for advanced technology is not like planning production in a socialist economy, but more like growing a rock garden. Planting, watering, and weeding are more appropriate than five-year plans."
innovation  london  technology  places  capabilities 
march 2011 by mattedgar
sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy: Trying to Say Nice Things About Leeds
RT @rasharples: @mattedgar Trying to say Nice Things about Leeds. Criticism about Leeds Architecture.
leeds  architecture  places  towers  buildings  heritage 
march 2011 by mattedgar
Volunteered Geographic Information » ‘Compactness’ in Zoning: the circle as the ideal.
"huge freeways and interchanges can make adjacent parcels of land remote neighbours, and increase the connection between advantageously placed non-adjacent sites?"
maps  places  clustering  connectivity  links  nodes 
february 2011 by mattedgar
Situated Experiences | otocron
"(The first time I received 419 scam-spam, I thought it was part of an interactive narrative experiment.)"
stories  places  situation  interactive 
february 2011 by mattedgar
Capel Court EC2
"Capel Court has little to offer unless, of course, you happen to be involved in the lucrative profession of stockbroking. This short walkway, leading up to the entrance of the Stock Exchange is lined with modern offices; quite a different scene from that viewed by Sir William Capel as he looked out from his drapers shop around the turn of the 15th century. He was elected Lord Mayor in 1509 and during that year financed the building of a chapel adjoining the south side of St Bartholomew-by-the-Exchange. Six years later the members of his Company carried him out of his shop in a coffin and laid him to rest in his chapel."
london  history  thelwall  places 
january 2011 by mattedgar
YouTube - The Luttrell Psalter Film
"Guided by the detailed and often humorous images of everyday life from the Luttrell Psalter, the Luttrell Psalter Film gives a unique glimpse of a year in the life of a medieval village. Filmed over four seasons, it shows the changing landscape with its fields and flowers, and the daily activities which dominated the lives of our forefathers. This 20-minute film draws on over 35 different images from the margins of the manuscript, allowing the people from the Psalter to walk out from its vellum pages."
history  places  time  seasons 
january 2011 by mattedgar
Shakespeare's London for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad on the iTunes App Store
"Shakespeare is the most widely celebrated writer in the world - yet in London, where he spent his working life, he is curiously neglected apart from the reconstructed Globe theatre. "
history  london  mobile  apps  places 
december 2010 by mattedgar
fisharepeopletoo: What Are We Trying to Do in Huddersfield?
"we are trying to get rid of any distinction between our government and the place that it's in"
places  local  central  isation  politics  government  uk  communities 
november 2010 by mattedgar
Catalhoyuk: a city with no streets via @genmon - nicolasnova's posterous
RT @fishRpeople2: streets had to be invented: really nice little snippet via @nicolasnova
cities  streets  innovation  places  history 
november 2010 by mattedgar
Design leads us where exactly?: Towards a Fieldstudio
"The knowledge of the academy, or rather academies, is knowledge that has to be worked through in the context of workplaces, homes and within the public sphere and also at the level of identities and desires. This creates the opportunity for something I am tentatively calling a fieldstudio. Combining the playful, messy, iterative inquiries of the art or design studio with the unboundedness of the field and the attentiveness of the ethnographer, the fieldstudio is a way of trying out change-making that takes research and action equally seriously."
design  research  business  play  places 
october 2010 by mattedgar
About | leeds stories
"Leeds needs stories – real and imagined, historical and contemporary, marvellous and mundane which reveal more of the true nature of the city. Our view this will not come from the imported nature of consumer capitalism but from the people working and living in the city. From those who benefit from its successes and from those who are marginalised and excluded. Stories that reflect the poetry of everyday life."
leeds  stories  places  location  mobile 
october 2010 by mattedgar
fisharepeopletoo: Any Plan Will Do. But We Came Up with a Good Plan
"We are going to create a database. Or rather we are going to create some interfaces - made with all sorts of technology, including pencils and paper - and a database, then anyone who wants to can add to it.

And the database is going to be a collection of places to listen, to hear what's important to people.

And the places in that database are going to be as concrete and local as possible.

So it won't be "Facebook" in the database. It'll be "That Facebook group where they all live in Kirkburton and talk about chess."

And it won't "the bus stop". It'll be "The bus stop outside the Marsh House where two women always get on at half eight Monday to Friday and talk about allotments."

Because that way it will be a database full of places where you can hear people who really care."
places  huddersfield  data  bases  people  talking 
september 2010 by mattedgar
Using connections to plan the kind of communities residents want to live in | Left Foot Forward
"Using social network analysis we have found that two-thirds of residents of New Cross Gate, south east London, do not know anyone who works at their local council; a third don’t know any employers; and a quarter don’t know anyone who could introduce them to someone with the responsibility to change things locally."
communities  social  networks  places  research  service  design 
september 2010 by mattedgar
Car Dependency Scorecard | Campaign for Better Transport
RT @TheSocBiz: #Leeds amongst most car dependent cities: No surprise there. No tram, expensive buses.
android:bookmarks  cars  cities  transport  places  leeds  london 
september 2010 by mattedgar
NESTA - Driving Innovation in Cities
"Achieving economic growth and recovery when faced with an empty public purse and a radical agenda for devolution mean the need to innovate is greater then ever. So how can cities create an environment in which businesses and the public and third sectors can innovate more, better and faster? How can the new government's agenda enable cities to drive economic growth with innovation?"
places  cities  manchester  innovation  uk 
july 2010 by mattedgar
Orange and the Château de Versailles launch the "Versailles Gardens" iPhone application, a new way to visit the gardens of the Versailles estate
"After being trialed at the end of 2009 by more than 200 visitors, in its final version, this application provides access to a large amount of audio and video content about the gardens. The leading specialists on the Versailles estate (curators, architects, gardeners, water engineers) welcome visitors, presenting an item of historical information, a detail about the decor, an insightful viewpoint and aspects of life on the estate otherwise unseen by visitors…This enhanced visit will enable visitors to discover the Versailles Gardens onsite or remotely."
mobile  apps  versailles  history  places  heritage  augmented  reality 
july 2010 by mattedgar
That London
"There are lots of people, from those three sectors, who visit London on a regular basis, and might have some time to kill waiting for off-peak trains. So, the idea is, we pick a date, and invite anyone who is around a waiting for a long distance train out of London to gather at the C4CC in the late afternoon / early evening, and work out what we might collaborate on."
android:bookmarks  that  london  travel  places  collaboration  trains  transitivesurplus 
may 2010 by mattedgar
Abandoned Factories, Bradford | James Lester Photography
"I have a thing about how I’ve never been to an abandoned building where I haven’t seen Christmas decorations."
android:bookmarks  photography  decorations  history  places  abandoned  bradford  christmas 
april 2010 by mattedgar
1794: A Small Story
"1794 tells the story of one amazing year through the lives of eight men and one woman who all experienced it in life-changing ways. It’s my personal, partial and permanently unfinished version of history. It’s also an experiment in stripping the book down to its barest essentials, then adding some of the flexibility and remixability of the web."
1794  stories  history  places  QRcodes  print  mobile  web 
march 2010 by mattedgar
Milliarium Aureum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Milliarium Aureum (Latin, "golden milestone") (Italian: Miliario aureo) was a monument (probably a gilded bronze monument) erected by the Emperor Caesar Augustus near the temple of Saturn in the central Forum of Ancient Rome. All roads were considered to begin from this monument and all distances in the Roman Empire were measured relative to that point.
location  distance  places  history  rome  roads 
march 2010 by mattedgar
Faster Future: Publishing possibilities now and beyond: Make maps relevant: Redraw the world niche by niche
"Relevance always beats quality. You can have the most 'correct' map in the world, but if its icons and taxonomies mean little to me then I can't use it. We create meaning through our use in communities of purpose and in the context of our communities of purpose.
maps  places  social  networks  tagging 
february 2010 by mattedgar
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