Reading the Maps: On the island
How can we describe and discuss Mutukaroa, when Mutukaroa seems defined by its lack of presence, its vacancy?
auckland  territory  landscape 
20 days ago
Find The Thing You're Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life - The Onion - America's Finest News Source
My advice? Just find the thing you enjoy doing more than anything else, your one true passion, and do it for the rest of your life on nights and weekends when you’re exhausted and cranky and just want to go to bed.
4 weeks ago
Public Books — Thinking Critically about Critical Thinking
The most authoritative definitions are either vast beyond usefulness, or brazen in their deferrals to romantic sentiments.
academic  teaching 
6 weeks ago
Slavoj Žižek on Greece: This is a chance for Europe to awaken
This passage from politics proper to neutral expert administration characterises our entire political process: strategic decisions based on power are more and more masked as administrative regulations based on neutral expert knowledge, and they are more and more negotiated in secrecy and enforced without democratic consultation.
politics  europe  greece  power  economics 
8 weeks ago
Keyline design - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Yeomans’ Keyline Scale of Permanence (KSOP). which identifies typical farms elements ordered according to their degree of permanence.

Water Supply
Subdivision Fences
agriculture  landscape  time 
8 weeks ago
From Degrading to De-Grading - Alfie Kohn
"what grades offer is spurious precision – a subjective rating masquerading as an objective evaluation."
teaching  academic 
9 weeks ago
Should all university lectures be automatically recorded?
A live lecture cultivates students' capacity for sustained attention to a narrative unfolding in real time
teaching  academic 
9 weeks ago
Landscape and Space | Larval Subjects .
unlike space that is a milieu of in-difference, equivalence, or exchange, landscape is a milieu of difference and the inexchangeable.
landscape  space 
9 weeks ago
The slide of academic standards in Australia: a cautionary tale
academics are ultimately the only valid institutional store of knowledge about what academic standards should be.
academic  teaching 
9 weeks ago
Why universities should get rid of PowerPoint - Business - NZ Herald News
1. Slides discourage complex thinking. Slides encourage instructors to present complex topics using bullet points, slogans, abstract figures and oversimplified tables with minimal evidence. They discourage deep analysis of complex, ambiguous situations because it is nearly impossible to present a complex, ambiguous situation on a slide. This gives students the illusion of clarity and understanding.
teaching  academic 
9 weeks ago
Žižek: Ecology against Mother Nature
"one is tempted to add that, if there is one good thing about capitalism it is that under it, Mother Earth no longer exists."
Review of McKenzie Wark's Molecular Red
ecology  sustainability  capitalism  philosophy 
may 2015
A Guide to Thesis-Writing and a Guide to Life - The New Yorker
“A student makes hundreds of pages of photocopies and takes them home, and the manual labor he exercises in doing so gives him the impression that he possesses the work. Owning the photocopies exempts the student from actually reading them. This sort of vertigo of accumulation, a neocapitalism of information, happens to many.”
research  writing  academic 
may 2015
Stop giving Wikipedia money | Newslines - News Search Engine
The WMF’s bloated staff of do-nothings want to be rewarded for the value that they did not create. They are laughing all the way to the bank, while they try to guilt you into giving more so they can do even less.
internet  money 
may 2015
Animal infrastructures
"The growing temptation will be to turn to engineered animals, rather than to existing equipment or inanimate machines, to perform future urban work for us."
da  animal  infrastructure 
may 2015
Anemone - Grasshopper
Component for making loops in Grasshopper. Would have might my fractal tree definition a whole lot simpler.
april 2015
The Economist on Matthew Rognlie's theory linking inequality to housing.
"The return on non-housing wealth, in fact, has been remarkably stable since 1970 (see chart). Instead, surging house prices are almost entirely responsible for growing returns on capital."
da  capitalism  politics  economics 
april 2015
Japan's Kondo Brothers Invent $7,900 Bike Wheels - Bloomberg Business
“You made this stuff on the expectation that your customers would pay more for it, without stepping back and asking whether they really would.”
japan  technology  product  fabrication  cycling 
march 2015
CIAM 4 and the “Unanimous” Origins of Modernist Urban Planning | ArchDaily
The CIAM architects shared an unconditional faith in the capabilities of planning and the central role of the modern architect in shaping the society of the future and cities that were capable of functioning. The view that the contemporary city, in its “chaotic state”, was no longer able to meet the needs of its residents, and that undesirable trends and deficiencies were being further perpetuated by city authorities and other figures, was widespread not only inside the CIAM.
architecture  planning  modernism  history 
february 2015
The Polemical Snapshot: Architectural Photography in the Age of Social Media | Essays | Architectural Review
photographs that show unflattering angles, frustrated users, shoddy finishes, premature ruination and fuck-the-neighbours attitude, are still generally invisible, at least in the architectural press.
architecture  photography 
february 2015
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn largely from the disaffected populations of the Middle East and Europe. But the religion preached by its most ardent followers derives from coherent and even learned interpretations of Islam.
islam  religion  war  terrorism 
february 2015
Jonathan Ive and the Future of Apple - The New Yorker
Milling machines help turn a studio into a workshop; they reinforce Ive’s view that bad industrial design often starts in ignorance of what a material can and cannot do.

It’s really demeaning to think that, in this deep desire to be liked, you’ve compromised giving clear, unambiguous feedback,”
studio  apple  product 
february 2015
you can’t always write what you want | patter
The question of wanting to write can get in the way of starting to write, but only if you let it. Sometimes, as in the case of bureaucratic writing and writing for other people, it’s the sense of responsibility that gets it going and done. For the vast majority of other academic writing, it’s a matter of finding a technique and a set of tools that will allow you to start, despite any reluctance you feel. The way to get going will differ from person to person – it might be mulling it over, speed writing, or beginning with a simple list or something else. You just have to try things until you find what works for you.
writing  academic 
february 2015
Factory Shop & Tours | Studio Ceramics
We welcome schools, rest homes and groups into our factory.  Guided Tours are by arrangement and generally take around 45 – 60 minutes.  Learn how the whole production process takes place.  We show you the creation of our ceramics from start to finish.  Our mould maker is on site on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
ceramic  teaching  studio  fabrication 
january 2015
Haunted Empire | Asymco
Boards (and hence shareholders) are deliberately hiring a scapegoat for sins as yet unknown. Luxury and violence are thus finely balanced in what is called “Executive Search”.
january 2015
Educators want University Entrance review after thousands of students miss cut - National - NZ Herald News
More than 20,500 Year 13 students - 58 per cent - achieved NCEA Level 3 last year. That's the new entry level requirement for students wanting to go to university which is down from 71 per cent in 2013 and lower than 10 years ago when 64 per cent of students gained UE.
education  nz  academic  teaching 
january 2015
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