Category Archives: time

Adaptive Environments

folks that are obsessed with Roche.

Done with swarm scripts in Roland’s class at Penn.

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time and scale

new scales of movement in response to an obstruction

Obstruction or distortion could be a means of affecting the system, altering speed to create new environments.

meander movement

river meander movement

Laboratory experiments allow hydrologists to study the movement of water at faster speeds because river simulation scales both time and movement. Using the idea of “sandbox” environments, our system could quarantine time and test new possibilities.

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Cities of the Past

“In the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is a suburb abandoned in advance of itself—the unfinished extension of a place called California City.In the desert 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles is a suburb abandoned in advance of itself—the unfinished extension of a place called California City.”

It would be instrumental for us to think about the record of cities throughout time so we may make some decisions about which places we want to preserve and which places would be more conducive to constant change, and of course, everything between these extremes.  To that end, we should think about delineating 4 or 5 different types of cities: 1. Reconstructed Cities (Paris, Berlin, Rotterdam, West Bank cities, Dresden); 2. Instant Cities (like new capitals such as Brazilia); 3. Frozen Cities (Paris, New York?); 4. Constantly Changing Cities (American Cities); 5. Abandoned Cities (California City, Chernobyl, Machu Pichu).

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Critical Reconstruction

Reconstruction Issues in Berlin

“The dominant philosophy of Berlin redevelopment is “critical reconstruction.” Its adherents want to recapture the “mythos” of the city at an earlier time.”

“‘It is a paranoia of historiographic reconstruction – or pretend historiographic reconstruction,” he says. “It is the fear of history, in Berlin and in Germany. It is a kind of allergy. Berlin is a new city. It is not 1870 or 1910 or 1930 – thank God.'”

This article exposes some criticisms of Berlin’s state today (1998, so a bit dated but still relevant).  Reconstruction here looks both at the past and the future.  This is obviously typical of reconstruction, but in a city that has represented so many different things at different times in its history, there is a lot of disagreement over which past it wishes to reconstruct.  At the same time, there is the concern to make the city relevant to the present and the future so that it may recover economically.

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timeline of the universe

Timeline of the Universe (NASA)

” The far left depicts the earliest moment we can now probe, when a period of “inflation” produced a burst of exponential growth in the universe. (Size is depicted by the vertical extent of the grid in this graphic.) For the next several billion years, the expansion of the universe gradually slowed down as the matter in the universe pulled on itself via gravity. More recently, the expansion has begun to speed up again as the repulsive effects of dark energy have come to dominate the expansion of the universe. The afterglow light seen by WMAP was emitted about 380,000 years after inflation and has traversed the universe largely unimpeded since then. The conditions of earlier times are imprinted on this light; it also forms a backlight for later developments of the universe.”

http://map.gsfc.nasa.gov/media/060915/index.html

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