Studio630 is the research blog of Kyle Rogler. This blog posts articles of work in architecture, urban design, technology, culture, and programming that currently influence me. Currently stationed at BNIM Architects.
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While low-tech solutions should be the low-hanging fruit and high-touch components of urban design, we still need high-tech ideas to resolve the issues of the 21st century. The old roads of our past do not always lead us to new paths.

Too-smart cities? Why these visions of utopia need an urgent reality check

Too-smart cities? Why these visions of utopia need an urgent reality check

Masdar City, under development in Abu Dhabi, is seen as meeting needs of businesses and designers rather than people. // Photo: Foster & Partners

Responsive urban technology sounds enticing but citizens must not be disconnected from plans drawn up on their behalf

I recently attended a government meeting about future cities and found that all the discussion related to branding, bio-tech…

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High tech green is not green at all. The low tech green will win out. It’s back to the future with bikes and walking not hover cars running off of “Mr Fusion” compost recycling. Now we must admit our dreams and fantasies of the future were just that nothing more and certainly not plans. And engage in planning and building so as to make walking and bicycling an enjoyable experience, as enjoyable as say …driving a flying car.

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Matthew Alderman

Matthew Alderman is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s distinguished classical design program, a published illustrator and designer, and a frequent speaker on liturgical planning, churchbuilding and sacred art.”

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Paint my city

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One of our colleagues Koen Mulder is busy with research about masonry patterns, he was already supported by a national subsidies, now he would like to finish his work with an interesting book about this topic. To make this possible, Koen is asking for a crowd funding - order the book today, get in in 2015

We have to mention that the book will be in dutch first, but who knows an english version may follow.

More info here

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So it wasn’t cost per gallon that got us thinking more positively about public transit, it was the dizzying leaps and dives. When gas volatility was low, respondents displayed a 37 percent likelihood of stating support for transit investment. When volatility was high, that likelihood grew to 46 percent.

What’s happening, Smart believes, is that rapid fuel-cost fluctuations inspire support for transit as a means to buffer price shocks in the future. Drivers might not head for the train or the bus at the first sign of wild gas price swings, but they take some comfort in knowing that if the swings ever get too wild, they could. With that in mind, Smart encourages public officials trying to drum up support for transit to highlight the stability of transit fares, not just their low cost.

-As Gas Prices Fluctuate, Support for Mass Transit Rises

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By Brent Toderian and Jillian Glover

With cities seeking to involve diverse voices in city-making to get beyond “the usual suspects,” Vancouver urbanists Brent Toderian and Jillian Glover examine how cities in their region are finding new ways to increase civic participation.

Originally published on The Planetizen

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As more people choose to live in cities, local governments find themselves facing increasingly complex issues in city-making. Demands for affordable housing and public transit, tensions around gentrification and density, even connecting the dots between city planning and climate change, are just some of the more high-profile critical conversations our cities need. Solutions can come from many places, but smart cities realize that engaging the broad public in the city-making process leads to better answers and a deeper public ownership of our future.

Faced with this knowledge, cities are struggling to develop new and innovative community engagement methods, including those that embrace new technologies, social media, and collaborative design methods, to better bring the public into conversations on the future of city life. Let’s face it—not all of our engagement in recent decades has been very engaging!

This article’s authors have looked across Metro Vancouver (a region known internationally for its public consultation) for recent best practices and lessons in better community engagement. While some new methods are bringing key services online, others are as simple as changing the location of council meetings or getting people walking and talking in their neighbourhoods. All of these lessons involve moving beyond traditional consultation practices that cities have relied on for decades.

Although lessons can come in many forms, and these don’t necessarily represent the “best,” here are ten lessons from Metro Vancouver that we found particularly worth sharing.

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For my individual project at Transsolar Academy I’d like to generate a low-tech, high-impact building skin typology, by studying climate, material properties, form, angle, orientation, design innovation etc., that can be used for both residential and commercial buildings to optimize thermal and visual comfort.

An architect plays a very important role is people’s lives. He/she can make or break lifestyles. I feel that architecture in Bangladesh is now at a crossroads. It is moving either downhill from here or towards augmenting the quality of life and upholding our culture with the built environment.

Vernacular architecture in Bangladesh is very adaptive of climate. In the early ‘60s, architecture giant Mazharul Islam designed and developed articulate and inspirational architecture in Bangladesh that had a sense of place. But recently there are so many choices of global architectural styles and materials, it seems that the resulting typology of built forms are not really our own. Additionally, as a result of skyrocketing land prices, the building skin is tremendously economized in order to maximize net square footage. However, the building skin can play a major role in providing thermal and visual comfort and decreasing cooling loads considerably. With sources of energy diminishing day by day, it should be a priority for architects to recognize and research how they can contribute to making efficient and sustainable buildings. Learning to incorporate regional climate into building design, rather than fighting it, should be the first step towards gaining basic comfort and increased energy efficiency. So with the help of everything I learn at Transsolar Academy, I’d like to work towards revolutionizing the norm of building skin design and construction in Bangladesh. © ESHITA RAHMAN


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While the space in the city gets more and more scarce, you have to deal with the fact that we have to build next to the city highways. Freshly graduated TU Delft student Ron Valkenet imagined a clever as also attractive solution. He used trees to filter the pollution from the highway, set up a double facade towards the highway to allow the people to have a comfortable apartment with a great view, and opened the complex for the public by an open park in the middle.

What a great solution for a problem we have to face, seeing this, we would love to live there.

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The human race used to maintain a balance with nature. But for the last two centuries, emphasis has switched to an expansion of area and infrastructure, leaving behind the standards of human existence, our natural behaviour and basic living values.
I fear we are witnessing the “death of expertise”: a Google-fueled, Wikipedia-based, blog-sodden collapse of any division between professionals and laymen, students and teachers, knowers and wonderers – in other words, between those of any achievement in an area and those with none at all.

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'Expertise' as used here almost always requires the acceptance and approval of the Powers That Be - automatically excluding anyone who has knowledge that comes from experience (look, ‘expert’ and ‘experience’ have the same root for a reason), who can’t afford/has no access to traditional institutions through which ‘expertise’ is conferred, whose expertise conflicts with the agenda of those Powers, etc., etc.

The glory of Google and Wikipedia and everything like them is their ability to democratize knowledge. Furthermore, that is precisely what teachers want: to help people learn stuff, whether they normally would or not, whether it’s taught in schools or has been thrown aside for three months of test prep, whether it’s the area someone specializes in or is simply curious about… There’s no reason whatsoever that knowledge has to come from a ‘professional’ rather than some other source; that doesn’t make the knowledge any less potent, or any less true. 

There is no division between “students and teachers, knowers and wonderers”. I am a teacher; I am also a student, always, because no matter your knowledge, you can always learn more. ‘Knowers’ v. ‘wonderers’? Really? How do you think people come to know things in the first place? I’m definitely an ‘expert’ on a number of things—an institutionally certified expert, even!—but I still wonder about all those things. Besides, who determines what is ‘knowing’? Plenty of those things I have expertise in are *not* institutionally certified, and that makes my expertise not one whit less.

For instance: I know a shitload more about recovering from traumatic brain events than my neurologist. He knows all about how these things happen in the first place, all the ins and outs and mechanisms; however, when it comes to practical advice for what’s necessary to not continue to fuck yourself up in the weeks afterward, he learns a hell of a lot from me. He’s an MD/PhD, he’s about as ‘expert’ as you can get; but that’s nothing in the face of actual experience. In fact, the main reason I knew he was an infinitely better doctor than the other neurologists I’d seen is because he acknowledged how little he knew about the experience of, say, having your life force drained from you by anti-seizure medication. Despite his honest-to-Dog genius, he does not pretend to all-encompassing expertise, or treat his fount of knowledge as the only valid source - which makes him smarter and more ‘expert’ than anyone who thinks they know it all. 

And everyone knows that the only difference between professionals and laymen is that one gets paid for their achievements and the other doesn’t. It’s such a pathetic example, really: ‘laymen’ is a word created to distinguish the people who were not endorsed by the institutional Powers That Be in religious life; the Jesus Christ of the Bible was a layman, and as such was anathema to the institution. Now, we’ve all seen how much we should blindly trust and accept what the Church/etc. tells us, right?

Finally, that bit about “achievement in an area” is utterly nonsensical. Is ‘achievement’ supposed to stand in for ‘experience’—which, as already noted, is never accepted as institutionally valid in conferring ‘expertise’? Does ‘achievement’ mean an official document a la a diploma? How many of the world’s political leaders have degrees in management, policy, diplomacy, etc.? Have they ‘achieved’ less than those who have studied those topics in a fucking ivory tower? To reverse the question, there’s that old saw about how those who can’t do, teach. Now, I think that’s bullshit, because teaching is a fucking skill, and plenty of people who have incredible achievement in an area can’t go into a classroom and convey any of that in a useful way. By the same token, when those people *are* good teachers, do we keep them out of the classroom because their ‘expertise’ comes from experience rather than academic success? Never. 

This whole thing is bullshit. All those signal words—expertise, professional, layman, student, teacher, knower, wonderer, achievement—are deliberately misused, ignorant of their actual definitions and meanings, to make a faux-profound statement that has no purpose other than to bitch about how the Powers That Be are no longer as all-important in conferring expertise as they used to be.

You can be an expert without paying for it. That really pisses this person off.

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"I worry that in an information-driven age of technological marvels, nobody will treat me like I’m a wizard-priest anymore."

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Turbulence: Watercolor + Magic

First in a series of geometric watercolour paintings using an industrial robot arm, put together by Dr. Woohoo - video embedded below:

This is the first experiment by Dr. Woohoo in a series that explores the relationship between a robot + a artist with the objective of enhancing what is creatively possible by combining the strengths of each, while using watercolors as the natural media.

Music: Kid Koala

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Computers are providing solutions to math problems that we can’t check

Good news! A computer has solved the longstanding Erdős discrepancy problem! Trouble is, we have no idea what it’s talking about — because the solution, which is as long as all of Wikipedia’s pages combined, is far too voluminous for us puny humans to confirm.

A few years ago, the mathematician Steven Strogatz predicted that it wouldn’t be too much longer before computer-assisted solutions to math problems will be beyond human comprehension. Well, we’re pretty much there. In this case, it’s an answer produced by a computer that was hammering away at the Erdős discrepancy problem.

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A new kind of obesity is now looming with our information, data, and media diet. We have only scratched the surface, but there is already way too much of information available, and it is way too tasty, too cheap, and too rich. Not a single day goes by without yet another service offering us more updates from our increasing number of friends, more ways to be disrupted by incessant notifications on pretty much any platform (witness the growing popularity of smart-watches), more news, more music, more movies, more, better and cheaper mobile devices, and a seemingly total social connectivity. Many of us are likely to pig out like we’re at an all-you-can-eat buffet.