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A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
"The Authoritarian High-Modernist Recipe for Failure…

• Look at a complex and confusing reality, such as the social dynamics of an old city
• Fail to understand all the subtleties of how the complex reality works
• Attribute that failure to the irrationality of what you are looking at, rather than your own limitations
• Come up with an idealized blank-slate vision of what that reality ought to look like
• Argue that the relative simplicity and platonic orderliness of the vision represents rationality
• Use authoritarian power to impose that vision, by demolishing the old reality if necessary
• Watch your rational Utopia fail horribly

Central to Scott’s thesis is the idea of legibility. He explains how he stumbled across the idea while researching efforts by nation states to settle or “sedentarize” nomads, pastoralists, gypsies and other peoples living non-mainstream lives…"
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august 2011 by robertogreco
Twitter / @the connective: "It doesn't matter whether ...
"It doesn't matter whether we're stuck in the slow lane or the fast lane. What matters is that we're confined to lanes."
connectivity  networks  internet  networkculture  society  freedom  control  lanes  elephantpaths  desirelines  deschooling  unschooling  anarchism  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
The Real Change Agents
"In fact, here is my hard-line: stop saying it is about the students if you haven’t asked the students what they need, what they want, and what is the reality of their world. Just say it is about you or the school and what you find relevant. If you are okay with that, great.

Personally, I’m not.

The voices of change rest with the scholars in your building, every student that enters those doors each morning. Are you listening? Are you bringing them to the table and leveraging their insights? If you want real, lasting change, the answers can only be yes.

And, when you bring them to the table, are you vested in their thoughts?  Are we willing to challenge our own beliefs about learning and teaching based upon their beliefs? Will we leverage their ideas to shape a better present and future?

The time is now to tap into the potential of students as leaders, as change agents, and as powerful voices with amazing ideas and unmatched enthusiasm."
ryanbretag  students  tcsnmy  teaching  pedagogy  deschooling  unschooling  control  student-centered  studentdirected  student-led  learning  schools  lcproject  hypocrisy  desirelines  elephantpaths  meaning  relevance  reality  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
Desire Lines: Let Your Audience Shape Your Design | Van SEO Design
"As designers we want to control how people perceive our designs and keep people on our predefined path. We create lines for the eye to follow so they notice what we want them to notice. We direct them to the actions we want to them to take. We create navigation through our sites for how we expect people to travel our web pages.

And then along come real people who use our sites and view our pages, however they like. These people are creating desire lines through our websites. We can try our best to force them to do it our way, but they won’t. They’ll either do it their way or leave. A better approach would be to understand where the desire lines in our sites being created and adjust our designs to those desire lines."
design  desirelines  elephantpaths  deschooling  control  use  users  web  reading  statistics  ui  accommodations  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
Desire path - Wikipedia
"A desire path (aka desire line or social trail) is a path developed by erosion caused by footfall…usually represents shortest or most easily navigated route btwn an origin & destination. The width & amount of erosion of the line represents the amount of demand.

Desire paths can usually be found as shortcuts where constructed pathways take a circuitous route.

They are manifested on the surface of the earth in certain cases, e.g., as dirt pathways created by people walking through a field, when the original movement by individuals helps clear a path, thereby encouraging more travel. Explorers may tread a path through foliage or grass, leaving a trail "of least resistance" for followers.

…take on an organically grown appearance by being unbiased toward existing constructed routes…almost always most direct & shortest routes btwn 2 points…may later be surfaced. Many streets in older cities began as desire paths…evolved over decades or centuries into modern streets of today."
desirelines  elephantpaths  architecture  design  social  human  humans  geography  travel  walking  urban  mobility  urbanism  users  usage  use  unschooling  deschooling  anarchism  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
Sonatype Blog » Maven 3.x: Paving the desire lines — Part One
"A desire line usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. The width and amount of erosion of the line represents the amount of demand. The term was coined by Gaston Bachelard in his book The Poetics of Space. Desire lines can usually be found as shortcuts where constructed pathways take a circuitous route. A concrete example: the pathways around the Berkeley campus… During the early years of Berkeley no pathways were paved. Instead they let inhabitants walk in optimal paths between the buildings and location over a period time to form clear pathways over the grass. Once these pathways had been established they could be paved to make the pathway more permanent. This is very similar to what happened with Maven 2.x. Consider Maven 2.x the pathways marked in the grass. Consider Maven 3.x taking all that learning from Maven 2.x and adopting the optimal form of use and codifying those forms of use i.e. paving the desire lines."
desirelines  elephantpaths  design  users  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
peterme.com: Way more about paths at UC Berkeley than you'd ever want to read.
"For shame!

There's another interesting development. Look at the center of the first birdseye photo, and the bottom-right of the second. In the first, there's a wide dirt path cutting across the corner. In the second, there's a darker green patch, showing where it's been re-sod.

For some reason, Berkeley would rather spend it's money reinforcing it's poor landscape architecture with barriers and re-sodding, then recognizing that the paths suggest a valuable will of the people.

Though, this is not always the case. In another part of the campus, diagonal concrete paths were laid where it was clear that people walked, and are still in use:"
design  architecture  social  desirelines  elephantpaths  2003  force  coercion  berkeley  ucberkeley  ucsb  unschooling  deschooling  human  humans  travel  walking  anarchism  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
Mari Keski-Korsu - Elephant Paths
"Elephant Paths is a project that explores a geographical and social space using GPS–mapping devices, video and stories from the people walking the paths. It reveals a point of view connected to a space, telling a short story of a moment via video triptychs and stories. It links these places together with mapping traces and social relations. Altogether it creates a spatial map that can be experienced in location (possibly with help of GPS –devices) and in the Internet. Mapped paths are marked with a note.

Elephant Paths –project's goal is to reveal cultural similarities and differences. The project ideology believes that ignorance is the road to fear and war. When we know about people living close or even far from us, we can be open minded and anti-racists. There is a common humanity everywhere, only habits, believes, religions etc. change. The aim is not find a monotonious image of the world, but to reveal common humanity we could all relate to."
gps  elephantpaths  desirelines  geography  social  similarities  differences  humanity  deschooling  unschooling  anarchism  everyday  commonhumanity  human  technology  art  urban  urbanism  games  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
What are elephant paths?
"Elephant path is a name for a path that is formed in space by people making their own paths and shortcuts; it is an unofficial route. Elephant path is an anarchist way of moving in a city, a town or a village. It is an overlaying system of going from a place to a place in a space regardless of the city/town plan. Still, it is connected to the streets and the architectural forms.

It also reveals something about the people’s social everyday life. When walking and mapping these paths, you can meet people, document their aims of using the paths: how often they use them, what is the history of the path. For example a person can use the same path always when going to visit his/her grandmother. What kind of memories and motivations this person might have considering the path?

The paths mapped in Elephant Paths -project are not paved and (hopefully) not mapped in any other maps. The name, elephant paths, origins to Karosta, Latvia, where the paths were called by this name."
elephantpaths  desirelines  anarchism  use  user  usergenerated  user-centered  deschooling  unschooling  landcape  mobility  movement  urbanplanning  social  walking  maps  mapping  motivation  from delicious
june 2011 by robertogreco
Worldchanging: Bright Green: DIY Bike Route
""Contrail" is a design concept that enables cyclists to increase their visibility to cars, pedestrians, and each other. Conceived by Pepin Gelardi and Teresa Herrmann, this frame-mounted device would allow cyclists to make their mark on the street with faint lines of chalk. The rear wheel spins a smooth trail of color onto the pavement as the bike whizzes along."
bikes  streets  cities  mapping  maps  urban  activism  diy  elephantpaths  contrails  desirelines 
march 2009 by robertogreco

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