Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Web Gems

Just when you think the entire world is going to hell, something comes along to restore a bit of faith in the underlying creativity of man in spite of the madness that surrounds us. To whit, the MIT Senseable City Lab presents a new approach of how to deal with tech and urban reality in ways both logical and visionary in application.

"The real-time city is now real! The increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years is allowing a new approach to the study of the built environment. The way we describe and understand cities is being radically transformed - alongside the tools we use to design them and impact on their physical structure."

When dealing with organic form and architecture, Paulo Guerreiro, a brilliant young designer from Portugal, uses fractals to create innovative structures designed to work with nature, not fight it. His blog, (Gen)erative Scapes, delves into design with nuanced precision combined with insatiable curiosity. Not a bad place to visit to be sure.

LinkLast but not least is Visual Complexity, a site dedicated to showing how the world works by presenting visualizations that inform in ways not possible prior to imaging and computation. BRT did a piece on VC before but a repeat entry is a must because of the new goodies populating this amazing resource.

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