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大开眼界:中国农民的智慧之最(?典集?)_精?贴图_新浪网 (表)

( image above from Chinese BBS for DIY rural projects) (and now the picture is gone)
This is a draft for my application to the http://www.institutewithoutboundaries.com/

Their missions statement:

Having launched our discourse on design culture with the Massive Change
project, the Institute without Boundaries is embarking on our next multi-year
collaboration — to design a sustaining, universal and healthy human dwelling. That challenge is different depending on where you are. In developed countries, we have urban sprawl and monster houses that consume huge amounts of the world’s total energy supply while polluting the atmosphere. In developing countries, over a billion people live in urban slums or in the streets without shelter.

By the year 2030, three billion people in the developing world will
need housing. That’s 96,150 housing units per day.

The Institute without Boundaries will carry out an interdisciplinary
project that involves students, teachers, and industry and community experts.
The ambition of the project is to generate a housing system that achieves
a balance between extremes of urban sprawl and urban slums and enables
people to build sustaining, universal, and healthy human dwellings and
communities. We will start locally and seek collaboration with other schools
and institutions around the world to work on this challenge.

Letter so far

summary updated today: basically, the cost of housing and materials is always falling and continues (although energy is rising). My basic point, what’s need is to take down the cost of and expand access to disciplines that let neirhborhoods actively plan their communities. I.E. urban planning, economics, ethnography, and other fields need to be packaged, taught, and available in ways that previously weren’t available. Designing the cheapest and most durable structure is a great idea, but what resources and in what amount ensure that people in a community have access to the right formulas so that individuals can better themselves. What is the optimum number of schools? banks? roads? cars? what incentives lead to their creation?

Dear Insitute With Out Borders,
> > >
> > > I am not sure that your project can reliably succeed. I see it’s major
> > > problems in that
> > > most people desire diversity in housing as a manifestation of their
> > > personal tastes
> > > and if needed a larger sense of group identity in regionalism or
> > > culture. My point being
> > > I think a universal house would consist of a simple series of machines
> > > that would allow
> > > for the creation of basic services needed the world over. It is here
> > > that my proposal begins,
> > > the reality of global housing isn’t building one platonic form to
> > > cover the greatest area of
> > > man, it’s to discover the commanlities of man and then induce the
> > > basic features of
> > > housing needed aside from power generation, storage, and safety from
> > > the elements.
> > > My ideal house wouldn’t be a house, but would be to take down the
> > > process of fabrication
> > > of a house to such a point that making one would be as simple as
> > > creating a house in
> > > Second Life.
> > Secondly, once basic plans could be established for power generation
> > and creating a durable structure that protects from the elements one
> > would then need a basic plan for what peopld desire in a home. This is
> > hard to figure out becuase of the diversity of opinion and the simple fact
> > that pyschologically we have counter-vailing wills to various different sources
> > i.e. we need things in common and things that set us apart from the community
> > at large. I’m of the opinion that using cultural pyschology such as
> > the comparitive
> > studies employed by folks like Richard Nesbit could tell us about basic values
> > that all humans hold dear. These ideas are bound to play a part in the
> > nature of housing. Secondly, behavoiral economists such as Daniel Chen
> > have studied the correalation between different social services and
> > the outcome of the community at large (finacial services have a
> > tendency to reduce religious zealots and terrosits etc.) My point
> > being a community could calculate it’s relative factors using
> > economics and then determine which social services the community could
> > use in abundance and which it probably doesn’t need as much as others.
> As much as we have mathematical formulas that determine if a building is sound
> we should have tested and sustianable formulas to determine if a community can
> be sustianable and even better growing.

But what makes a community sucessfull and how to encourage it?
Several obvious steps have included transportation and communication.
For instance the more closely linked people are in a network are the
more closely linked their income. Hence in theory becuase the the average hip-hop artist
is only 2.9 connections away from another artists they are more likely to have
a more even distribution of wealth, the same hold for corporate CEOs
(3.6 degress) etc.
The hip-hop small world is interesting becuase it’s not high in
Assortativity in other words the most sucessfull artists aren’t linked
to other equally successfully artists. This creates a less centralized
or hegemonic system in which artists can collaborate in many different
networks. If income can be drawn along the lines of connections this
means artists can collaborate with different networks and draw their
money from several different networks. (this needs to be researched.

what are the income differences between these 2 groups? does having a higher proximity ensure better income distribution?)

but these are only minor parts of what makes a community work and in essence

what makes a home liveable. After all we don’t want to situate a home in a context that isn’t going to benefit us. My proposition is to not build houses, but to work on taking down the cost of building (developing machines that allow for easy manufacture and design of pre-existing materials ranging from dirt, concrete, to recycled materials like fluff) combined with a rigid set of guidelines to ensure communities don’t spawn high crime rates, ensure adequate transportation, and other correalitive factors that make communities grow (access to education etc.). I think the best way to go about this is to study the community and develop an open source software pakage similar to Quicken or Excel that recommends factors that influence community, something similar to the national budget similar. I also think we need to study communities through economics and determine a basic package of factors and formulas that go along side them in order to create real-time computation of communities crime rates, earnings, and other issues effecting the quality of life and the ability to better oneself. Buildings themselves regardless of how designed are unlikely to do anything more than rot if they can’t be situated and built in communities aware of what problems they need to face.

Anyway, will be editing this in the coming weeks.

basically a simple open source software package that would tell a community

what they lack and what they need to beef up. A GDP for community sucess and social services and indentification of what problems and services are most needed by a community. similar to excel or tax software.

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March 6, 2006 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Rap and it’s collaborators

Rap Collaboration Network Explanation

https://i0.wp.com/stuff.mit.edu/people/rsmith80/wutang.jpg
Paper from MIT on the small world of Rappers working together.

Apparently Common’s problem is that he doesn’t collaborate enough. Snoop Dog is

right in the middle as a major point. While the paper doesn’t claim to correalate with records

sold Mastah Killah and Ghost Face of the Wu-Tang are the big connects along with the GZA.

Smaller artists with lower sales on the edges of the map. While Chuck D does appear way out

there on the Wu-Tang map most of the people on the edge are smaller acts. Interestingly Prefuse

73 has 3 connects from his work Ghostface and Masta Killa putting him pretty close to rap’s big names

these days. 

 

March 6, 2006 at 5:13 pm 2 comments

Mario fan art

マリオ20周年記念特集

 

This is awesome. More here. 

 

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March 6, 2006 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment


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