Situated Technologies Pamphlets 6

Hans Frei and Marc Böhlen

6″ x 9″, 58 pages

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The Situated Technologies Pamphlets series explores the implications
of ubiquitous computing for architecture and urbanism. How is
our experience of the city and the choices we make in it affected by
mobile communications, pervasive media, ambient informatics, and
other “situated” technologies? How will the ability to design increasingly
responsive environments alter the way architects conceive of
space? What do architects need to know about urban computing, and
what do technologists need to know about cities? Situated Technologies
Pamphlets will be published in nine issues and will be edited by a
rotating list of leading researchers and practitioners from architecture,
art, philosophy of technology, comparative media study, performance
studies, and engineering.

In response to two strong global vectors: the rise of pervasive information
technologies and the privatization of the public sphere, Marc Böhlen
and Hans Frei propose hybrid architectural programs called Micro Public
Places (mpps). mpps combine insights from ambient intelligence, human
computing, architecture, social engineering and urbanism to initiate ways
to re-animate public life in contemporary societies. They offer access to
things that are or should be available to all: air, water, medicine, books,
etc. and combine machine procedures with subjective human intuition
to develop joint forms of observing and knowing that neither system is
capable of on its own.

Series Editors
Omar Khan, Trebor Scholz, Mark Shepard

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