Platform Two – RCA


ways of sitting
May 24, 2009, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Bethan Wood, city construction, Community, makeshift, public space

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boys using wall for seating south London

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man using street bike lock as tempary seating East london

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couple in central london sitting on rail

these are all examples of people approaching the public space for a different use then its intent. They have used them because for their size,and or  height relationship to seating.

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Intimate space in public space
April 15, 2009, 11:59 am
Filed under: Community, Jozephine Duker, public space

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DAS KÜCHENMONUMENT

Raumlabor Berlin

“The Kitchen Monument is a mobile sculpture which has two states of being. This zinc sheetclad sculpture can be extended into public space by a pneumatic spatial mantle that transforms it into a temporary collective space. Different programmes are staged in different places. Its broad spectrum of uses includes a banquet hall, conference room, cinema, concert hall, ballroom, dormitory, boxing arena and steam bath.”

http://www.raumlabor-berlin.de/



Thin boarder between private and public
April 15, 2009, 11:56 am
Filed under: Community, Jozephine Duker, public space

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paraSITE by Michael Rakowitz.

“Custom built inflatable shelters designed for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. The warm air leaving the building simultaneously inflates and heats the double membrane structure. Built and distributed to over 30 homeless people in Boston and Cambridge, MA and New York City.”

http://rakowitz.reticular.info/



Make do and mend
April 4, 2009, 12:58 pm
Filed under: Bethan Wood, Community, makeshift, public space | Tags: , , ,

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A makeshift sledge – Balme



March 27, 2009, 12:22 pm
Filed under: Community, Lucia Massari, public space

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somebody out there knows something



Art Car
March 23, 2009, 7:43 pm
Filed under: Bethan Wood, Community, Kieren Jones, public space | Tags: , , , , ,

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from the temopary to to conpleatly customised

for more covered cars go to 3.bp.blogspot.com/…/Black-cab-art_car_10.jpg



HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET FROM KING’S CROSS TO ABBEY ROAD? ABOUT 5 YEARS
March 18, 2009, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Community, Lucia Massari, public space, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

 

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English pride

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The city constantly renew itself its inhabitants find their own routes, their own streets, plans which have a multitude of meaning for them.. the taxi drivers are the ones who connect the city with the people.

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                                                   THE KNOWLEDGE 

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5 years is how long the average london cab driver spends learning the knowledge. “the knowledge” is the in-depth study of London’s myriad of streets in a six-mile radius of Charing Cross, and places of interest that taxi-drivers in that city must complete to obtain a licence to drive a black cab.

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This is the “Knowledge boy”  is the Taxi-driver applicants, usually follow these routes around London on a motor scooter, and can be identified by the clipboard fixed to the handlebars and showing details of the streets to be learned that day.

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The taxicab driver is required to be able to decide routes immediately in response to a passenger’s request or traffic conditions, rather than stopping to look at a map, rely on satellite navigator or ask a controller by radio. that’s what distinguish a cab driver from a mini cab driver.

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they have a London Knowledge Map instead 

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The index is supplied as an A4 size, ring bound, 124 page book and lists streets, selected flats, walkways and places of interest, junction, place and area names.

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THE MAP OF A LONDON CAB DRIVER’S BRAIN IS THE MAP OF LONDON
 
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in 2000 Dr Eleanor Maguire scanned the brains of 16 London black-cab drivers, who had spent an average of two years learning ‘the Knowledge’. They had larger hippocampus compared with other people. This is a part of the brain associated with navigation in birds and animals.
The hippocampus has changed its structure to accommodate their huge amount of navigating experience.
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“When we travel down a route we are familiar with, we often can’t see our destination. Instead, we have an image of it in our mind, and a mental map of how to get there. But this mental map is very different from a street map. I’m trying to understand how we create internal three-dimensional representation of space and our position within it.”
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                          THE WORLD MEMORY CHAMPIONSHIP
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Dr Maguire was interested to find out if similar changes accompanied another feat of exceptional memory, those on show at the World Memory Championships, which take place every year in London. “People entering the World Memory Championships can do amazing things,” she says. “They can memorise the order of cards in deck after deck
of cards, for example”. 
 memory51 Despite their high performance on memory tasks, however, Dr Maguire could find no structural changes. “I then asked them what strategies they used. Nine out of ten of them used the same strategy: an ancient Greek method, called the method of loci. It’s based on navigation: they imagine going down a street they know well, place items at certain positions along the street, then mentally re-trace their route to find the items.”      +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++  
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David Shrigley’s book 

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his vision of central London’s streets

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the jigsaw is solved 
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HOW MUCH IS IT?

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I took the cab at the beginning of commercial road , and i jumped off by the very end of it
COMMERCIAL ROAD COSTS  £7, 20 
wouldn’t be nice to know how much all the street of London are? 

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MISTER H. my cab driver and his very nice daughter Gemma

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I met mister H. and his daughter today at costa cafe.
He explained me the way he visualises the map of London into his brain.
He mixes visual landmarks with mental connections.
We were laughing a lot about the article i read about the taxi driver who drove his car into a
river after following his sat.nav.