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Free Workshop: Images to Objects to World

Free Workshop: Images to Objects to World

Date: Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th September 2010 (Mid-semester break) Sessions: 10am – 3pm each day, with lunch provided. Selective attendance is possible. Venue: Design @ Eng, level 5 , Mechanical Engineering Building, UNSW, Sydney CONTEXT There is a rich pallet of user-friendly tools on…

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Conference Presentation

Conference Presentation

The Experimental Society conference at Lancaster University has just happened, and it was a rich mix of different takes on the need for, danger of, and nature of experimentation of one form or another. My paper was on Michel de Certeau and how we experience…

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Graffiti and Games

Graffiti and Games

Friend, Artist and aspiring Architect Melody Williams has just installed these chalk boxes in Camperdown Memorial Park. See if you can find them and have a draw. The park is located in the centre of Newtown, Sydney’s hip, alternative suburb. A long wall down the…

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Analogue Augmented Reality, and History

Analogue Augmented Reality, and History

  Here in Sydney at the moment we are in the middle of Vivid Sydney, a festival of “light, music and ideas”. As part of the festival, a number of historic buildings are being “augmented” with projected animations telling their history in an intervention called…

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Tactical Surveillance

Tactical Surveillance

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’m reading spatial theorist Michel de Certeau for an account of spatial practices. De Certeau emphasises the inadequacy and restrictiveness of abstract representations of place as administered by authority (land owners, city planners, architects), and exposes the everyday lived experience of…

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Scanning the World in 3D

Scanning the World in 3D

  In a similar vein to the image-matching against point-clouds that was demonstrated in the Bing Maps TED talk, PhotoCity is aiming to progressively construct a 3D scan of the world. To this end they have released a free iPhone app that displays current scans,…

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Looking at Slums for a Green City

Looking at Slums for a Green City

Earlier this year, the UK-based Prospect magazine featured an article by Stewart Brand (publisher of the Whole Earth Catalogue) entitled “How slums can save the planet”. The article looks at lessons that can be learned from the organic arrangement and efficient reuse of slums, as…

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History of Space

History of Space

Posting a little late, via Beyond the Beyond: A Museum of London Augmented Reality iPhone app that gives you access to a library of historical, geotagged images. While the screenshots have been meticulously constructed to be perfectly registered, having seen the level of precision mobile…

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Converting PhotoSynths to Dense Point-Clouds

Converting PhotoSynths to Dense Point-Clouds

I’ve discussed (with examples of a reconstruction from Newcastle) some of the technologies for doing 3D reconstruction. PhotoSynth is by far the easiest way to get into this, but it is not as powerful as some other options. For example, PMVS2 allows you to reconstruct…

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Building Armoured Walls Like Lego

Building Armoured Walls Like Lego

Via Infoniac: The New Jersey-based company Dynamic Defense Materials has developed an armoured wall system that can be assembled like Lego, in less than an hour, to form a 6.5 metre high bullet-proof wall. For me, it’s interesting to see the architecture of control and…

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