the Quickborner Team images

"Quickborner Team fur Planung und Organisation" - a german consulting group from the 50s that proposed vast open-plan organization schemes for office space, with clusters of furniture and equipment homogenously arranged according to workflow "algorithms" .


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(from “the Image of the City”, 1960)

For inspiration: Read Kevin Lynch’s “The City Image and its elements” (from “the Image of the City”, 1960), in which he identifies urban elements as edges, paths, districts, nodes, landmarks, etc….



from Kevin Kelley's "New Rules for the New Economy" :

1) embrace the swarm ;

2) increasing returns come with increasing connections ;

3) focus on plentitude not scarcity ;

4) follow the free ;

5) feed the web first ;

6) let go at the top ;

7) from places to spaces ;

8) no harmony, all flux ;

9) develop soft relationships of all kinds ;

10) focus on opportunities before efficiencies.


Friday visit to the Triangle


Please find attached a site plan and street map of The Triangle, the location of our field visit Friday. Again, we are to meet in the open park area, located in the southern portion of the development, at 9:00 AM. Parking should be available on site in addition to their being easy bus access. If driving, please arrange car pools with your fellow students.

Maps: https://webspace.utexas.edu/npn83/d4/

We want to also remind everyone that this is a both a private business property as well as a residential property and that we are guests. Therefore, please act accordingly and be respectful of both privacy and property as we survey the site and development.




Another type of mapping...

Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap's objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.

Just for fun

diagraming the internets

click on the link, enter any webpage address, see a color coded diagram of that page.

Additional Diagrams

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Safe In the City

I just wanted to share this article. Safe In The City

It is about the cultural mentality that suburbs are much safer than urban areas
"However, for the most part the city isn’t considerably more dangerous than the suburbs, and in fact may be safer overall."

Another point that I found particularly interesting is the correlations to cars and danger. Traffic injuries total above 50 times those of violent crimes.
-"you are in much more danger in a car then you are wandering through a “bad” neighborhood in the city. The more isolated you are and the longer your daily commute, the more this danger increases. By increasing our reliance on cars in an effort to escape the dangers of the city we have, in effect, placed ourselves in greater peril."





A couple interesting sites..

My dad used to work in an office inside our site, he owns a tiny plot of land right outside of the site, and my great great grandma had a house inside our site that is now am empty lot.  So I asked my dad about the area and he told me about someone he knows down there who redevelops old indusrial buildings for residential use.  Just thought I'd share the guy's website with the group :) 

After the part about Oak Cliff scroll down to see a part specifically about The Cedars.

-Melissa Berry


Manhattan - Then and Now

I found this image pretty interesting...



How dense?

"The Dutch ideal": 100 dwelling units / 1 hectare.
1 hectare = 107,639 sq. ft.
This is the area of a square 328 x 328 ft

On average (U.S.), one dwelling unit is 1300 sq. ft. - a rectangle 56 x 24 ft.

The cross-section of a 2x4 (w/ actual dimensions 1.5x3.5 in) equals exactly! 1300 sq. ft. at 1/16"=1'0"

Total DALLAS_DENSITY site is 5000x2700 feet. (emailed Google Earth placemarks)

For Mebane: at 1/16"=1'-0", the dallas_density site is a rectangle with (actual) dimensions 26'-6" x 14'-9"

Within it, a hectare at 1/16"=1'-0" is a square with (actual) dimensions 1'8-1/2" x 1'8-1/2"