Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
How do you begin to visualise and illustrate within spaces. How do materials and how you treat them affect the nature of one's experience. Displacement, irregularities, comparisons and other such devices in building metaphors. Also keeping straying away from the root of the idea in mind while constructing the experience.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
I am reading the Harvard Design Magazine : Can designers help Non formal Settlements where they talk about the existence of squatters and slum developments as tight clusters or strong units which are hard to restructure or even relocate. They have a lifestyle of their own and the current approach being taken is to help organise that life in the existing state, improve basic facilities without restructuring.
Currently i am exploring everything possible that hints towards the idea of the box.
The box is a landscape (i keep repeating this :) It is a form that i associate to a developing way of life. Life according to and within the box. What is it like? Distopic, Utopic? What are the trends that are currently defining this form / landscape?
BOX = efficiency
So what are the characteristics of this new landscape? What are the various aspects that make up a lifestyle?
Free Writing off the top of my head
Clustering was the new way of doing things. Independence was another.
The more self sufficient you were, the more powerful you felt.
Personalised technologies, services.
Mobile applications, your personalised application to quit smoking..
Your personalised cab, it addresses you, knows you when you call it.
GSM services track you, interact with your movement constantly updating schemes and prices.
Advertising doesn't sermonise any longer. It isn't one way. It includes you. It speaks to you and your experience with your product.
Household applications respond to you, as though they lived in your house. Switches, faucets, lights, the toilet seat.
Housing has divided into formal and non formal.
The increase in population has led to a rise in urban spaces.
Existing metropolitans have become strongholds and the sister cities are the new suburbs. Townships. Satellite towns
The formal spaces comprise of business centres and luxury living. Residences are self provisionary with shopping arcades, plexes etc.
Nonformal living has become more organised. Micro organisms in themselves, they are autonomous, yet share basic common responsibility.
The slums were never demolished and the squatters never discouraged, only made more efficient. "Pirate urbanism", they don't confrom to zoning or service regulations and are
managed by populist governments. These hubs give rise to many non formal industries. Some pockets less developed than others.
Environments were flushed. People grew less consious of technologies that facilitated everyday living. technologies and interfaces had become intuitive reacting and changing
as per the users intuition.
Low cost housing, bloc apartments and communities had allowed for "limited living". The lack of space already put restrictions on child birth. 650 sq the average space the upper middle
class was allowed. These social brackets were more defined due to the lack of space. Space was rationed depending on income or else was considered illegal.
Gregory Stock: To upgrade is human
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
I am trying to make sense of everything that i have been seeing around me. I tend to over think things sometimes and its getting hard to find tangible examples to illustrate the idea of the box. I need to become loose in my approach
What is the box again? Why is it a box?
The box is a form im using to portray a developing lifestyle. What is this lifestyle then? What is it constituted by? Im trying to map out or even break up that word "lifestyle" to help me present it better. I can't illustrate it as a whole and the box as a form and as a character is my lens.
What attributes of this shape can i use to break up this landscape?
What are all the current trends that point to a certain future scenario or that would help me write one?
Based on what politic or mindset am i categorizing certain photographs under "box"?
-Religious symbols and temples as institutions and strongholds protecting culture, traditions, lifestyle and beliefs
-Wall Murals as a means of urban identity. In a gray landscape, the need to remind people of authentic culture and identity. Bringing the lost back in. I don't know whether this is a good way of doing it.
-Authorised Public transport as a paid public service to make commuting more efficient. Competitions between rickshaw drivers and new private taxi's against the backdrop of the metros and rising oil prices. Meru Cabs "rely on us".
-Mobile communication and various competing and developing schemes created to make communication easier, faster, cheaper or just more exciting, Uninor (what is their strategy??)
-Social Networking Sites to keep in touch, making "the world a smaller place to live in" or a "global village", being able to bring in people into your lives, or being able to reach out through expression.
-Personal identity through various social media as a means of expression, to reach out or to create independent platforms or reinvent yourself. Virtually.
-Block housing as a form. To optimize on space and provide shelter. Also identity less.
-Gated Communities to create another customized space for individuals. To create comfort and security from what is outside. To Escape. "the Dream Home". "The Truman Show"
-The Education boards as various means to one end. Which board is more valid if they all follow the same rigid content?
-The television as an accessible dynamic source of information and the way it does it. News channels to soap operas, lifestyle shows follow the same format and Presentation.
-Advertising as broadcast and non inclusive. Very one sided sermonizing. Take it or leave it. Competitive. Unless there isnt a depreciation in their sales they see no reason to change the format.
-Security at apartment blocks and colonies as a measure to ensure the smooth running of what goes on within. To eradicate bad elements. Stricter measures, from id proof to frisking.
But how do i categorise these phenomena that im seeing. What overarching category or umbrella can i place them under. Some are larger obsrvations than others. What do i do with those? And how can any of such examples act as iconic images or artefacts to symbolise specific categories?
From the Society of the Spectacle
The fetishism of the commodity — the domination of society by “intangible as well as tangible things” — attains its ultimate fulfillment in the spectacle, where the real world is replaced by a selection of images which are projected above it, yet which at the same time succeed in making themselves regarded as the epitome of reality.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Man was a hunter. What in his evolutionary process from a quadruped would have him evolve into a biped? Possibly, as a hunter to see farther and to chase. It is a simple and direct association to man and nature.
In terms of spirituality, it was for him to be better tomorrow than he was today.
So what prompted this entire simplicity to complicate itself where one cannot remember or even forgets to question why they were stuck in the present rut - lifestyle? He fell in Love? :P Progress? We live in world governed by norms (they are to facilitate) that act as strongholds, either negative or positive
What is the reason for being today? This is a subjective question, although the basic format to the way people live makes me wonder how much control our constructed environment has over us?
Why is it important that I identify this?
Can identifying that the box exists everywhere make us aware of this lifestyle that we have developing around us. How can "full consiousness" of this lifestyle help us make better choices for ourselves? Could a slight awareness of personal well being in this chaos change the way we look at various systems and the way we interpret them - education, career choices, status.
Could being aware of the box help you think out of it?
So then what is the form of the "anti box"? Of all that, that is not boxed in, that is breaking out of the system, however small in scale.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
eradicating the unpredictable.
minimise survival instinct ?