Infographic: Foursquare’s New Tool Maps Your Check-Ins As we amass more and more data about ourselves, the big challenge will be creating tools that help us put it to use in productive, positive ways. A quantified self is not necessarily an improved one. In the meantime, though, some personalized eye-candy can’t hurt. Foursquare launched its own visualization tool last week, letting users view their last 12 months of activity in a few different ways. In each, check-ins are represented by colorful little badges. You can sort them by date or by category, which line the badges up into orderly little rows. The latter will probably just confirm what you already know: you go out for coffee way too often.

A circular “connections” view is a little more insightful, showing all the different places you went throughout the year after checking in at a certain location. Here, you might get confirmation of things you already knew deep down but never really liked to acknowledge. You’ll be able to see, say, where you tend to check-in after sessions at the gym. Take-out food joints? Oh well, you’ve earned it, or something. As the company wrote in a blog post accompanying the release, the tool is “just our small way of saying, ‘Thanks! We think you’re awesome.’” Also a small way of saying think how much cooler these would look if you used Foursquare more often. Try it out for yourself here. [Hat tip: Gizmodo]
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archidose: Unit22 Zoetropes: Bartlett Architecture Dares to Care
‘By designing for the everyday tasks, including getting dressed, bathing and cooking, students have been encouraged to consider the role the built environment plays in protecting or helping the individual, rather than focusing purely on aesthetic.’

Coffee…

(There is a new Starbucks at Gatwick Airport)

Coffee…

(There is a new Starbucks at Gatwick Airport)

On space

Lefebvre on space in The Production of Space.

'perceived space' ('le percu')
‘conceived space’ (‘le concu’)
‘lived space’ (‘le vecu’)

Via jjm

"… three interrelated aspects of space: representations of space (conceived space), spatial practices (perceived space), and spaces of representation2 (lived space)."

in
Watkins, C., 2005. Representations of Space, Spatial Practices and Spaces of Representation: An Application of Lefebvre’s Spatial Triad. Culture and Organization, 11(3), pp.209–220.

rstats shiny app for tracking the next pope

After getting frustrated with having to run python over and over again (see previous post) to see the trends in the Papal odds, I’ve put together a basic shiny app that allows for real time updates and interactivity.

Via: sunfoundation

rstats shiny app for tracking the next pope

After getting frustrated with having to run python over and over again (see previous post) to see the trends in the Papal odds, I’ve put together a basic shiny app that allows for real time updates and interactivity.

Via: sunfoundation

Discussing What is the Use of Ornament in Contemporary Art and Architecture?.

Writer Glenn Adamson, artist Grayson Perry, architect Sam Jacob from FAT and Charles Jencks, architectural theorist discuss ornament and decoration in both art and architecture at the ICA.

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Cardboard Plotter

Handmade manual drawing machine by Niklas Roy made with simple materials - video embedded below:

This plotter is made entirely out of cardboard, welding rod, rubber bands, adhesive tape and super glue. The digital memory is a little book with plenty of different drawing codes, which are written down as coordinates. In this video I’m entering the first code, which makes the plotter draw “hello world”.

You can find out more about the project at Niklas’ blog here

Wrestling with the flat cat

Wrestling with the flat cat

LocalData, An App That Helps Communities Do Their Own Urban Planning. Via fastcodesign.com

VIVA

NYC Foursquare Data Video via Stadtnacht