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    Computational making, spring 2014, Mondays 5-7pm room 9-450B
    01/24/2014
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    ReaDCG is a collective space for sharing, reading, and discussing texts that broadly relate to the field of Design and Computation - its history, theory, and practice. Each semester, the discussions are underlined by a theme, which sets ...
    01/24/2014
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    The purpose of this expandable reading repository is to serve as a basis for our explorations on Computational Making. The list features sub-areas offering different perspectives to this reading seminar's theme. The collection below is open to modifications ...
    01/24/2014
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    02/06/2014
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    In our first ReaDCG meeting for Spring 2014 we will set the stage for our discussions on Computational Making with four short reading selections which we recommend reading in the order given: 1.The first reading is from Leon Battista ...
    02/14/2014
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    [gallery link="file"] We are discussing this week the social aspect of making and technology through Matt Ratto’s “critical making”.He introduces making as a way to view and think about technology and how it affects us.We will read two papers, the first paper one is “Critical Making: Conceptual and Material Studies in ...
    03/28/2014
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    This week I present three papers. We have 2 excerpts from the book "Hallucination: Philosophy and Physiology",eds. Fiona Macpherson and Dimitris Platchias : Chapter 15: Hearing and Hallucinating Silence, Ian Phillips Chapter 16: Hallucination, Mental Representation, and the Presentational Character, ...
    03/28/2014
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    This week we will read the following in the order of recommendation: Reading 1: Clark, Andy. "Chapter 2: Situated Infant." Being There. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1998. Reading 2: Sutton, John. "Chapter 3: Material Agency, Skills, and History: Distributed Cognition ...
    04/08/2014
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      Dear DCG, This week we will read Chapter 2, entitled “Mind at Three Miles an Hour” from Rebecca Solnit’s book Wanderlust (book pages 14-29, PDF pages 13-20). I included Chapter 1 (Intro) as an optional reading if you are ...
    Computational making, fall 2013 archive
    07/10/2013
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      The smooth shapely maple blocks with which to build, the sense of which never afterwards leaves the fingers: form became feeling. Frank Lloyd Wright[1] This semester’s ReaDCG will explore the idea of making, with emphasis on ...
    09/04/2013
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    In our first Fall 2013 ReaDCG session on Tuesday, Sep. 10 we will discuss "The Textility of Making" (2009) by the social anthropologist Tim Ingold. In this text, Ingold traces historical and philosophical delineations between making ...
    09/11/2013
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    Join us next Tuesday, Sep. 17 for the second ReaDCG session of Fall 2013. We will be discussing two chapters from Mario Carpo's book The Alphabet and the Algorithm. This reading is a stimulating follow-up to Tim Ingold's ...
    09/20/2013
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    We are reading "Eye and Mind" by french philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty for our next ReaDCG session on Tuesday, Sep. 24. You can find the text at this link. In this essay, Merleau Ponty examines the relation between ...
    09/27/2013
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    Dear DCG This week we will be reading two short chapters from: The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness   Antonio Damasio elaborates on concepts such as stability, individual perspective and ownership in the section “The ...
    10/10/2013
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    Following our decision at last class, we will be reading 3 chapters from Space and Place, by Yi-Fu Tuan. I was initially thinking on chapters 2 and 4 but after reading the 3rd chapter Space, Place and the ...
    10/13/2013
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    Dear DCG, This week we will be discussing tacit knowledge and/vs Skilled practice, or how a skill or a craft  can be learned and  taught. We have selected two readings for this week; one by Harry Collins "What is Tacit Knowledge?" and ...
    10/27/2013
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    Next Tuesday will be discussing a chapter of the book The Islands of Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos and the Materiality of Thinking, edited by Nina Samuel (2012). Nina Samuel is a visiting assistant professor at the Bard Graduate Center ...
    10/31/2013
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              “A tree stands in its own place. Its life is sedentary... It is a life in one place, a life without anxiety.” At the very beginning of his book, Getting Back into Place, Edward S. Casey saliently reminds us that, ...
    11/09/2013
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    I have selected chapters VII-IX from The Hidden Dimension by Edward T. Hall, which capture his concept of proxemics in relation to history of arts and literature, as well as to anthropology. Edward T. Hall was an American anthropologist and ...
    11/16/2013
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    This week, we will read two chapters from Mark Paterson’s book: "The Senses of Touch: Haptics, Affects, Technologies" We will read the first and third chapters: “The perception of touch” and  “Seeing with the Hands, Touching with the Eyes”. You can download the two ...
    11/30/2013
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    This Tuesday we will read the User's Manual (pp. xix-xxi), Overview (pp. xxv-xxvii), and Chapter 4 (pp. 97-122) from Bruno Latour's new book An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns (2013). This ...
    01/24/2014
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    ReaDCG, spring 2013 archive
    01/25/2013
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    Bring texts that have influenced, intrigued, inspired or annoyed you and prepare for an open-ended 2-hour discussion that will make you see them with (many) new eyes! The Computation Reading Seminar (Read DCG) is a student initiated reading group which aims ...
    02/08/2013
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    This Tuesday we will discuss short selections from John Von Neumann's seminal 1954 book "The Computer and the Brain." As philosophers of mind Paul and Patricia Churchland describe in the Foreword: What John von Neumann attempted to provide in his ...
    02/26/2013
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    The next readings for the DCG  follow up on the conversation from last week, 'What is computation?' The first article discusses the modeling of cognition, computationally and by other methods as a comparison.  We decided that this article could be ...
    03/02/2013
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    Athina and I have selected two papers for the next reading group. We believe they are both contrasting and complementing each other in various ways in context of space representation and perception. The first ...
    03/09/2013
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    This week, the proposed reading is Bill Brown's "Thing Theory" (2001) which has been an influential text especially in material culture studies. Bringing back our attentions to things rather than ideas and subjects, it provokes us to consider, for ...
    03/16/2013
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    Wolfgang Metzger (1899 - 1979) is considered one of the main representatives of Gestalt psychology (Gestalt theory) in Germany*. Written in 1936 and translated to English in 2006 Laws of Seeing remains aktuell as it covers subjects that are equally important (and ...
    04/02/2013
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    In this Tuesday's ReaDCG session we will be discussing the third chapter of Shigehisa Kuriyama's "The Expressiveness of the Body and the Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine." In this chapter, entitled "Styles of Seeing," Kuriyama discusses Greek and Chinese ...
    04/09/2013
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    This Tuesday we will be discussing a chapter from "How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis"  by Kathleen Hayles. Hayles interrogates the meaning and practices of the emerging field of digital humanities. You can find an online summary of the ...
    04/14/2013
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    This week's reading, by popular demand from the DCG Reading Group, is Juhani Pallasmaa's The Eyes of the Skin.  We will read  the 'Introduction:  Touching the World ' ...
    05/07/2013
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    In last Tuesday's reading group meeting Palasmaa's complaint about the loss of the pencil opened a discussion about the role of tools in shaping human actions: Does the transition from the pencil of the computer matter, and how? ...
    ReaDCG, fall 2012 archive
    08/31/2012
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    Dear DCG, It is my great pleasure to announce the Fall 2012 Computation Reading Seminar (Read DCG).   Intentions: What it is Read DCG started last Fall as a collective space for reading and discussing important texts in the trajectories of its participants' ...
    09/10/2012
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      This week we will read the third chapter: “Experiments in Form and Performance” from Antoine Picon’s book “Digital Culture in Architecture”. Introduction, conclusion and the index are included for your reference. Picon’s book objectively covers the subject matter its ...
    09/23/2012
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    After discussing the categories through which Antoine Picon started setting up a (history of the) digital culture in architecture, we will continue with an excerpt from "Space Reader: Heterogeneous Space in Architecture,"edited by Michael Hensel, Christopher Hight and Achim ...
    09/27/2012
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      As a follow-up to last week's reading from Space Reader, we will read "Climate of Oppression" by Noam Andrews. Some excerpt from Climate of Oppression speak for what the text is about: "Far from being self-critical, Space Reader is a ...
    10/07/2012
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    Last week we discussed Noam Andrews' astute critique to the Space Reader, coupled with Paul Crowther's September 28 lecture. The themes of structure, language, experience and subjectivity that were brought up in conversation directed our attention to a ...
    10/22/2012
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    This week we will be reading two short similar but quite different texts. The first reading is a chapter from Mark Johnson's book The Meaning of the Body (2008) entitled "Since Feeling Came First" Emotional Dimensions of Meaning. ...
    10/30/2012
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    In this week's Reading Group we will discuss two texts: John Frazer's A Natural Model for Architecture (1995)  and Sanford Kwinter's The Computational Fallacy (2003). I quote here excerpts from the editors', Achim Menges and Sean Ahlquist, introduction in the AD reader: Computational ...
    11/01/2012
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    For this week's reading group I have selected the following 3 texts on the topic of the Picturesque in relation to two other aesthetic ideals: the beautiful and the sublime. I find all these texts very entertaining reads, but ...
    11/10/2012
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    In this week's Read DCG we will continue the fascinating discussion on the Pictureque, the Analytic and the Digital that Moa initiated last week, and extend it with the prologue and the first chapter from Lorraine Daston's and Peter ...
    11/24/2012
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      Drawing is the motive force of architecture. This is how Peter Cook manifests the role of drawing on the cover of his book from 2008. Cook traces the evolving techniques and transforming meaning of drawing via a rich ...
    ReaDCG, spring 2012 archive
    02/06/2012
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    This is a reminder about the first Spring 2012 Read DCG meeting at 5PM this Monday, February 13th in room 9-255. The first reading comprises three chapters from a book which exposes the role of MIT (and especially the Media Lab) in the shifting of the computational metaphor to visions of personalization, democratization and ...
    02/18/2012
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    This reading is chapter 4 out of the large text, The Primacy of Drawing, By Deanna Petherbridge, who was a speaker at the "Is Drawing Dead?" symposium @ yale last week. She is ...
    03/03/2012
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    This week we will continue or extend last week's discussion on drawing by inviting each Read DCG member to bring a book of architectural drawings (or even a single drawing) to share and discuss with the group.  Perhaps ...
    03/03/2012
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    This week we will shift gears to discuss an excerpt from perhaps one of the most influential texts in the western intellectual history of the past century:  Ferdinand de Saussure's Course in general linguistics. The ...
    03/13/2012
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    For next week’s discussion, we will be reading the second chapter[*] from Svetlana Alpers’ book, ‘The art of Describing: Dutch Art in the Seventeenth Century’. Alpers compares the ‘descriptive’ Dutch art and its vision of the world to the ...
    03/23/2012
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    This week we will be reading the first three chapters from Jonathan Crary's text Techniques of the Observer (MIT Press 1990). Given the length of the three chapters, I have also selected ...
    04/20/2012
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    Following Mark Johnson’s notes about Arnheim in his book “The meaning of the Body”, we will be looking into Arnheim’s ideas about visual perception as a mode of thinking. Two chapters from Arnheim’s “Visual Thinking” [chapter 2: The intelligence ...
    05/12/2012
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    This week we will discuss the "Introduction," "Interaction," and "Mediation" chapters from the Architecture Machine Group's proposal to the National Science Foundation entitled: "Graphical Conversation Theory: Computer Mediated Inter-personal and Intra-personal Communication." (1976) The ...
    05/12/2012
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    The Meaning of the Body Aesthetics of Human Understanding by Mark Johnson (he wrote 'Metaphors we Live By' with Lakoff). This one is more an embodied approach to experience, cognition and perception: the mind and the body ...
    05/12/2012
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    Lorens Holm's book Brunelleshi, Lacan, Le Corbusier: architecture, space and the construction of subjectivity is a book which runs through discussions of vision and  psyche. (It strikes me though that the book starts with this: "Where to begin? How to ...
    ReaDCG, fall 2011 archive
    09/12/2011
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    A chapter from: Jones, Caroline and Galison, Peter. Picturing Science; Producing Art. Routledge, New York. 1998. pp. 329-359. The chapter is titled, "Judgement Against Objectivity"
    09/19/2011
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    by Susanne Kuchler
    09/26/2011
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    By Humberto Maturana Romesin. Cybernetics & Human Knowling, Vol. 9, No 3-4, 2002, pp. 5-34.
    10/20/2011
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    The reading for this week is By John Dewey. Chapter 5 in Art as Experience.(download pdf). I'm also uploading an earlier chapter, "Having an Experience," which, if you're interested, is a good conceptual bridge ...
    10/27/2011
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    EXPERIENCES OF ARTIFACTS: People’s Appropriations / Objects’ ‘Affordances’ by Edith K. Ackerman, published in Key Works in Radical Constructivism by Ernst von Glasersfeld, 2009
    11/03/2011
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    A selection of Mumford ("greatest hits", if you will). 1. "The Monastery and the Clock", inTechnics and Civilization, 1934, pp 12-18. It is a great book and many ways still feels current and full of energy. I would suggest that this is a book that should be in ...
    11/11/2011
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    For this week's Read DCG instead of structuring the discussion around the selected readings, we will use them as entry points to the vast theme of the Space of Utopia. Group participants will propose a ...
    11/27/2011
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    12/06/2011
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    The 4 main sections for our discussion next week are following: Architecture as autopoietic system - operations, structures and processes: 3.4 The lead-distinction within architecture and the design disciplines (page 204) 3.5 The codification of architecture (page 215) The societal function of architecture: 5.1 ...