Platform Two – RCA


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

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somebody out there knows something



March 20, 2009, 5:36 pm
Filed under: WAYS OF SEEING THINGS

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STEPHEN: THE LIVING CAMERA 

 

I started being very very curious in people..

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                                                      TAXI DRIVER 

                     “The knowledge of London is like a jigsaw in the brain”  

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What really fascinate me about the taxi driver is that their job is really close to the work of a craft men: a traditional way of working against the temptations of technology  (gps, satellite navigator, tom tom..)
He knows not only where the streets are but also the main place of interest, pubs, clubs, shops..
he is following the movement of the city.. 
The knowledge very much intrigued me.. taxi drivers do really have a different way to see the city, to live the city and to show you the city.
I believe in this way of learning through people experience.
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London’s oldest cabbie gives it up after 70 years

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London’s oldest black cab driver has finally decided enough is enough and given up his taxi licence after 70 years. Alfred Collins is 92 years old and has been a London cabbie since 1937. He actually picked up his last fare two years ago but still kept the cab licence until now, it has to be renewed every three years.



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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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
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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Identity in public space
February 20, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Identity in public space



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