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Particularly useful advice for working with ‘wicked problems’

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

(Max Ehrmann, 1920s)

Analysis of street conversations in the Markets Area

Monday, February 7th, 2011

We recorded and mounted all of our data which we collected from our street conversations. Micheal, Shane and myself read out each of the conversation which we had had. We wanted to hear all the voices of the people which we talked to before generating ideas for the area. I found this to be a fascinating exercise, as we had met such a diverse and interesting group of people in such a short space of time. Along with Una, we tried to pick out the main insights for each conversation and to highlight what might be interesting for the project moving forward.

Citizen Power Peterborough

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Check out this project which has some parallels to ‘Love the City’

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Micheal and I visited the markets at the crack of dawn, on the 28th of January 2011, to interview the people on the street at this time. It was a frosty morning, the light from the warehouses spilled out onto the streets and the forklifts buzzed around us. We met warehouse owners and employees, fruit shop owners from around the country, coffee shop owners, employees of Total Produce and some residents of the area. We gained some interesting insights into how the area worked and into why people choose to get their fruit and veg supplies from this area. All of the people listed ‘the craic’ as one of the areas most positive attributes. It is interesting to note that we did not meets any females on our travels.

We left surveys with Fr. Bryan Shorthall, the parish priest, who asked the Sunday church goers to fill them in. However, as of yet our return box is empty!

We also visited George’s Hill National School to meet the parents as they waited to collect their children. The majority of the parents which we met had concerns about their children’s safety in relation to the chaotic traffic in the area.

Site Investigation – Markets Area – Informal Use of Space

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Work with (and inspired by) Ronni Tino

Monday, January 24th, 2011

On the 13th of January we had the pleasure of having Ronni Tino visit us at ‘Designing Dublin’. He spoke about the different ways in which technology can transform data into information. The London: Intelligent Cities project which he showed is a very development for all sorts of ‘project makers’ as it allows people to access previously unavailable data. I am sure Dublin will be following in Londons footsteps in the near future. We all enjoyed the Dutch augmented reality project which he presented. It reminded me of Dan Graham’s 1974 project entitled ‘Time Delay Room’.    I thought about how you are really effected by projects in which you, literally, see yourself.

We chose ten ‘post-its’ from out original 100 which we developed at the beginning of the project and tried to contextualise them within the market area. Some of the ideas which I choose to develop were quite simple to adapt to the area, other ideas took on a new life in the new context, others inspired new ideas. I really enjoyed thinking about already established ideas in a new context. Ordinarily, I would begin a research stage of a design project considering the context only and found it interesting to ideate at first stage.

Choosing a Site in the City Centre

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Fuller’s Dymaxion Chronofile

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Buckminster Fuller’s ‘Dymaxion Chronofile’ is a recorded of his life, recorded in 15 minute intervals. He stuck all of his bills, receipts, thoughts, ideas, etc., in a series of scrapbooks. His life was his life’s work. Maybe, I will buy that i-phone after all.

Bloomsbury Festival Installations

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I came upon the Bloomsbury Festival in London last weekend. They had two lovely installations, the first being furniture suspended from trees in the park, by students from the Architectural Association. 

The second was by a design collective called Urban Brew. They hung hundreds of paper birds from a pergola. It was really beautiful.

IDEO Eyes Open Series

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

IDEO have made these little books which are compliations of their favourtie spots in cities. Check it out – they are really inspiring: