Archive for April, 2012

Apr 23 2012

uDrift update

Published by Dennis Dollens under General

Game of Life used as a form generator

The development of a uDrift component for a design class in October & November temporarily shifted development to common areas where the Summer uDrift 3 week class could contribute and benefit from drifts taking place for the development of an e-learning program at a larger, full-time scale. The above pages introduce some of the “elective” areas where m-learning may intersect the summer class. The images above, from the Game of Life (simulated, algorithmic e-life) relate to city streets and emergent data from them, and may enter our discussion of games, mapping, layers of information.

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Apr 09 2012

uDrift: Seashells

Published by Dennis Dollens under General

Shell Tower Silhouette Study


Collected shells as tower massing

Collecting only shell with holes made by viruses, I randomly thread them onto small rods making abstract, physical models that serve as a kind of tower from. They are used for sketching and photographs, sometimes video and in a sense become generators for e-learning ideas. The eventual software-mediated design (or text or photographs or drawings) will not look like shells, but may use attributes from their random forms as ideas for architectural or sculptural profiles and silhouettes. After several days of model making, with a few different models made repeatedly on site, the physical studies illustrate methods of stacking, linking, pairing, abutting, cupping, rotating, standing-on-end — assemblages — that substantiate geometric relationships not limited to shell clusters and thus generative design, formal studies. The individual shells are thus actively engaged, sought out, but their embodied relationships, collective forms, and materiality are emergent.

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Apr 06 2012

uDrift: TweetDeck Mapping Assignment Demo

Tweetdeck GPS linking site, research objects/places, with assignment

This is an example of a 6-part Tweet assignment using TweetDeck’s GPS and camera app to link Tweet instructions/comments with a demonstration project that could be for disciplines such as urban planning, landscape architecture, architecture, art, and design; as well as for theoretical topics and discussions dealing with mapping layers, semiotics, graffiti, street life, and urban occupation. On the left Tweet #2 is illustrated in TweetDeck running on an Andriod handset; Center is a composited two-part screen shot illustrating a full TweetDeck message of text, image, and map; Background; the full set of Tweets collected on a laptop running TweetDeck by using the class #udrift hashtag. Additionaly, on the right, a SketchBook drawing made on the street is attached to demonstrate the use of specialized apps.

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Apr 04 2012

uDrift(ing) layers in Google Earth

Two urban drifts (flans) composited into Google Earth


4.18 mile urban drift 4 April (Caixa Forum, Squat, Princesa)


Urban drift 3 April

The composite of two urban drifts (flânerie or dérieves) begins to indicated the potential of overlaying urban walking data as place research for class design, spatial relationships, proximity, and location identity. Google Earth allows each layer to be turned on and off for specific tracking — GPS photo data is not yet converting; but I’m still working on that — The 4 April uDrift began at an exhibition of Goya at La Caixa Forum and from there I Tweeted images and with GPS locations (see #udrift.)

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Apr 02 2012

uDrift to Google Earth

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Florida Blanca Squat 2 April 2012

Full MapMyRide route imported into Google Earth

Area of study, overlooping tracks indicate paths used for photographs

This was a test for exporting MapMyRide (walk) data into Google Earth; the 4.95 mile walk and the original map are given in the link in the previous post.

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Apr 02 2012

uDrift MapMyRide (walk)

Published by Dennis Dollens under General

Suqat/Graffiti Walk

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Apr 01 2012

GeoTagging: uDrift Graffiti BCN

Images loaded into Flickr's geotagging

I’ve opened a uDrift site in Flicker for testing geotagging & mapping organization. If anyone would like access let me know by email or Tweet #udrift.

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