design thinking initiatives for a better urban life
Working with the digital environment: the data, information and knowledge bits that flow over the Internet, and the interactions between them and the people. Looking into the connections and possible synergies between the digital and physical aspects of urban life.
What is my map telling me?
Just found this really cool stop motion animation. The whole thing is done using Google Maps Street view.
The first two are most important. The rest just continues to up your geek-level.
“We all come to know each other by asking for accounts, by giving accounts, and by believing or disbelieving stories about each other’s pasts and identities”
Paul Connerton, How Societies Remember
This project began with a question about how people connect to places. As our lives become ever more transient, the stable relationships with place that have defined communities for generations are evaporating. Many of us now inhabit places whose history we have no understanding of, no personal connection to. What happens to the identity of a place when its residents have no memory of it?
Boston has a strong tradition of collecting oral histories of place. Organizations like the Cambridge Historical Commission, South End Historical Society, and other community groups have archived personal stories about places in their neighborhoods, maintaining a link between the physical fabric and the lives it contained. But how many people know about these archives? How many of the current residents can point to a family members story contained therein? Do these archives invite their viewers to contribute their own stories? Do they encourage us to explore our environment, to connect the physical artifacts with the stories they hold?
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