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    or not blogging is or ever was a form of outside criticism as the general theme of the MIT HTC forum seemed to suggest is another matter of debate Of course one could ask what is criticism without the flip side of production One makes the other and neither one can be said to come first Well part of the problem may be as I think Kazys Varnelis alluded to in an earlier email is that it might be too soon to tell how production is changing On the other hand as some of the following comments will point to it s becoming clear that architecture students for example are already reinventing the ways in which ideas an audience and design development stack up on each other altering the traditional chronologies of these processes along the way Maybe a few practicing architects are doing so as well In that sense these comments are right on because theory and criticism are probably changing as we speak hand in hand with production and we have to try to get a better sense of how to frame the issue These comments are edited down for length still trying to preserve the integrity of the ideas And thanks for offering these folks Any omissions that would change the general sense of the original thoughts would be my own fault Added links come from me Selections from an email by Enrique Ramirez a456 on April 12 2009 One thing for certain it should be said that architecture websites are not outside forms of dialogue Blogs etc are architecture production Blogs do not influence architecture practice Rather they are part of it ask Sam Jacob or Charles Holland I also wonder if a new type of writing is on the horizon one that is dictated by the conditions of online production And on that note I think more should be said about content Whereas Mimi Zeiger s Studio X panels seemed to cover a lot of the tools of online publishing indexhibit etc etc and the MIT HTC forum was a very significant and successful attempt at theorizing the state of architecture blogging and criticism more needs to be said about how and why some things are ripe for coverage on blogs I say this because many many of the blogs that I read seem to engage architecture in terms of their spatial qualities and often not much else Where s talk about form history production labor etc Bryan Finoki Subtopia wrote on April 23 2009 The event only seemed to focus on one aspect of blogging the consumptive side and looked too generally I thought at the blogosphere rather broadly on the whole and didn t really get into the niche of architectural blogging The production side is where I see a lot of value there people writing their own blogs bringing in a written layer of self reflexivity to their design process learning how to talk about their work and others thinking about architecture as perhaps it can only exist in written words I think this exploration would be far more interesting than the basic critiques of blogs as conduits for relaying other work and as these popularity contests geared to drive traffic the tricks and hooks bloggers use to attract readers and so forth I thought that critique was trite at this point cliche criticism frankly What is blogging actually doing for architecture as a practice in education for students faculty adminsitraton as design as broadening what is often a narrow scope of what and how architecture can be referred to today Has blogging impacted architectural relevancy on a wider scale These seemed like questions that never got answered From Nam Henderson on April 14 2009 As for the impact of the more accelerated pace of blogging and the production of architecture I think within the Archinect school blogs and various non Archinect thesis blogs one does see a link between the dialogic aspect of blogging and the end product In this case though i suppose the question becomes is this any different than the dialogic process within studio But the blog as studio writ large And even if so does this only become interesting once applicable within the actual built realm NB Elsewhere see also some running commentary on Archinect It seems that the fact of the matter is that there is a lot more to learn about the complex networks taking shape somewhere between spaces of production studio office library etc blogs and the human brains that power all these These inherently are spaces of making and critiquing as part and parcel of each other As much as I also agree with the above comments especially with Enrique s point about the oneness of architecture and blogging we also have to keep in mind that blogs still owe more to a production ideology rooted in Silicon Valley culture than to architecture s various streams Where it could get really interesting is if architecture blogs actually started to publish in experimental and markedly different ways from the blogosphere in general without falling into the trap of making flash graphics but striving for truly new social relations Now not to suggest that any of the above comments are guilty of the following because they simply aren t ultimately my own fear is that we often get carried away with the boosterism asserting that any new reconfiguration of the relation between theory and making is a good one or that any free online technology is inherently democratic and therefore would open up the design process or the politics of building and land use My own point in the panel really came down to trying to show that there are real social relations under the surface that often close off opportunity as much as they open it I m asking here if it s even possible to start to know what s happening to production if we don t take a step back and understand the social realm in which that production is happening or how blogging along with social networking of various sorts reshape relations of labor and therefore of spaces In addition architecture as a spatial discipline is well poised to examine and understand the kinds of spaces that blogs are producing Are they actually as democratic as we think Even if the multitiudes were fully participating though are they are blogs and such replacing more entrenched spatialities of gender age or race divisions Maybe these are still some open questions that if addressed seriously can expand the current objects of study in architecture which too often focus singularly on stuff like the suburbs for example in an atemporal and spatially isolated way rather than treating these as relational and networked spaces More important still let s address architecture s rote presentation mechanisms This last item the dogmatic conventions of making and representing space surprisingly have not changed much at all while the world around them has definitely shifted Credit is certainly due there to Architecture for Humanity and its Open Architecture Network for showing us one alternative model Finally the fact that more and more architecture students now blog in and of itself perhaps is not interesting What is interesting is the reactionary response this awakens from the academies which have not allowed things like the vaunted thesis project to actually challenge the discipline with these new tools so far that I have seen Maybe it s no coincidence that some of the more interesting work today is in design interaction departments One of the only people at least that I know of that have realized the fact that architecture s disciplinary boundaries have to change in this new context and has also thought about how they might is Bryan Boyer who wrote for loudpaper The work of the architect has never been more tied to all the specificities of client market place and politics nor have the concerns of these groups ever been more enmeshed Each format has its own set of catalytic constraints biases and conventions that the architect must work with That format that Bryan Boyer discusses in the previous post is up for grabs that much we now know but have the schools or the established architects actually caught on Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2009 04 27 2009 04 27 by javier Posted in architecture geography urbanism work Tagged blogitecture blogs criticism mit panel theory Leave a comment High Quality Rolex Replica Watches Let s start with this seemingly simple question Who blogs in society What disciplines and professions are blogging as social groups To begin with it is very difficult in the present day if not impossible to ascertain which professionals are blogging most if in fact they are doing so as a part of their professional culture or blogging about their profession itself For this reason it s also difficult to draw any conclusions about how architecture compares not to mention how to distinguish such traditional professionals from bloggers that just blog as a profession in and of itself What are they all blogging about For what audiences And who actually reads them These questions would make an interesting long term project to research for some people like the Pew Center That said anecdotal evidence seems to indicate a remarkable presence of legal blogs as well as a visible presence of influential online special interest law projects i e Electronic Frontier Foundation Digitaldemocracy the Berkman Center This might not come as a surprise although it seems weird to hear no Those who dispense standard legal wisdom are also throwing that common sense to the wind the web being the evidence flynet that it is right But upon second thought it makes sense As Pew Internet research has confirmed people spending most time online tend to be affluent with salaries above 75K and digitally connected awash in a fog of networked devices It seems that we are aware of the so called digital divide We decry it and even design against it Nevertheless many agree without question that online rights and personal identity should be a natural focus of thinking Meanwhile lawyers can use this logic to augment their disciplinary power An influential slice of the digerati assume that there is a universal interest in abstract issues of privacy and digital rights This common place framing of the social problem is foundational even to the establishment of an everyday agreement of how you re supposed to blog starting with the very design and structure of blog pages and platforms This also sets up an unwritten set of conventions that bloggers informally follow perhaps indicating through sheer apathy to class and economic issues that blogging as a profession or professions that blog are a different thing than working The image above shows a micro analysis of a snip of Boing Boing s blog as the ur blog Highlighted portions indicate conventional blog devices They also call attention to the ways in which working is camouflaged by blogs and is translated into a series of socio communal actions and personalized rights Related to this we also have contradictions such as the one between trademark and defeat censorware which imagines somehow a utopia with private rights but without censorship For larger image more examples and discussion see the slideshow image captured on March 29 2009 Continuing on In other words the more you have to log on the more likely you are an educated professional of a certain income bracket or with certain cultural capital and the more you re likely to engage as consumer or producer with blogs Privacy and rights have been heavily discussed in recent years and yet labor time as a blogger or a content contributor on social networking sites like Facebook which are private content providers or labor rights as online producers are not problematized much at all If there is such a thing right now as a unifying consciousness of a blogger it is one along the lines of being digital consumers with consumer right demands not workers Now on the other hand a glance at some of the most powerful blog platforms and social sharing sites i e wordpress blogger technorati delicious can give us an idea of what content people are tagging online What emerges often is a picture that shows professional identities and professional or academic categories becoming less important For example medicine is no longer a privileged discipline see image below taken from wordpress com on March 29 2009 digitally altered to highlight tags Web filtering seems to have less use for it than say health which emerges in its stead to cross disciplinary boundaries and interest areas This lends the impression that the web democratizes content and spans the general public the news media and the professionals as equal agents in an even field above wages Is there a coincidence in this phenomenon preceding one of the most massive periods of wage devaluation ever for journalists and other knowledge workers However not everyone tags content Tagging the practice of cataloging online content in a publicly visible way is a cousin to blogging Both inevitably fall into specialized communities that socially privilege them more than other communities One might reasonably assume that tech professionals programmers web designers entrepreneurs spend the most time blogging and cataloging content that is of interest to them and a quick skim of delicious can bear this out But then I would argue that far from being a distorted metric of web culture the amplification and dissemination of web literature through practices like blogging and tagging can then have an active dialectical role in shaping the overall perception and culture of the web architecture culture among it a culture that slants more heavily to ideologies of innovation progress techno fetishism green salvation and open source all these often refracted through a lens of masculinity In this light the question is then how authority is established on the web and does it really dissolve and reconfigure itself along with the seemingly disappearing boundaries My tentative unscientific conclusion to this is that while disciplines do get reconfigured some of their members fading out into off line irrelevance perhaps traditional disciplinary categories can gain traction and entrenchment as they adapt the dominant practices of the web as badges of authority but all the while leaving powerful ideologies of the web alone including malformed concepts of plurality democracy and the web as aspatial or post geographical Architecture talk on the web of course is not any different here and criticism has unfortunately not stepped in to respond In addition I have a crude suspicion that a fascination with informal architecture an identifiable strain in architecture blogging i e airoots has been due to an unfortunate parallelism made by bloggers between representations of the web as somehow free from state control and slums Let s close in on architecture for the sake of brevity Let me talk for a moment about the most popular blogs in architecture I think it s important to remember that maybe to an extent more than anything before them blogs seem to achieve their buoyancy not from some baptismal light shone upon them by institutions of power at least not always and do achieve it from their virtual and real life networks As the popular wisdom goes they achieve prominence through popular citation organically rising to the top of the cumulus Nonetheless architecture blogging probably like any other discipline online also has a pyramidal structure that can greatly accelerate the vetting process from above to below both online as in Archinect s school blog project better postings are often selected for the news feed as well as in real events like Postopolis or from communities where the important architecture related bloggers meet the Pantheon of West Coast digerati My own cursory count puts among others Inhabitat the green savvy future forward design for the world you inhabit at the top of that heap Also most influential is of course I think many of you know this Geoff Manaugh s laudable bldgblog architectural conjecture urban speculation landscape futures In addition to those Dezeen Interactive Architecture Pruned DailyDose and MoCoLoco a modern and contemporary design blog seem to coalesce at the top of many lists And then we have the one and only Architecture for Humanity s Cameron Sinclair who seems to pop up everywhere More than a blogger he epitomizes the digitally enhanced professional Of course Archinect is pretty difficult to compare as it is a network of websites under the tutelage of Paul Petrunia that includes its news log which is like saying an old school blog the spaceinvading image tumblelog and the school blog project Full disclosure I ve been the chief editor at Archinect and continue to be informally affiliated And finally you then have the utmost popular though not exclusively architectural Worldchanging Treehugger Curbed and Gothamist blogs which actually pay salaries at least to some of their bloggers I believe All these websites can be approximately ten to up to eight hundred times more popular I estimate than blogs produced by academic types like us with academic looking commentary or with student projects The high quality of these top blogs is notable and we can see that their meaning has found its way to smaller critical ventures as with varnelis and htcexperiments debating fictional architecture through bldgblog or my own recent interest in informality It s proof of the influence of these blogs But what we haven t come to relate into our discussion is how these class A bloggers establish a networked presence that sustains and nourishes their perch at the

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  • culture | Javier Arbona
    most time online tend to be affluent with salaries above 75K and digitally connected awash in a fog of networked devices It seems that we are aware of the so called digital divide We decry it and even design against it Nevertheless many agree without question that online rights and personal identity should be a natural focus of thinking Meanwhile lawyers can use this logic to augment their disciplinary power An influential slice of the digerati assume that there is a universal interest in abstract issues of privacy and digital rights This common place framing of the social problem is foundational even to the establishment of an everyday agreement of how you re supposed to blog starting with the very design and structure of blog pages and platforms This also sets up an unwritten set of conventions that bloggers informally follow perhaps indicating through sheer apathy to class and economic issues that blogging as a profession or professions that blog are a different thing than working The image above shows a micro analysis of a snip of Boing Boing s blog as the ur blog Highlighted portions indicate conventional blog devices They also call attention to the ways in which working is camouflaged by blogs and is translated into a series of socio communal actions and personalized rights Related to this we also have contradictions such as the one between trademark and defeat censorware which imagines somehow a utopia with private rights but without censorship For larger image more examples and discussion see the slideshow image captured on March 29 2009 Continuing on In other words the more you have to log on the more likely you are an educated professional of a certain income bracket or with certain cultural capital and the more you re likely to engage as consumer or producer with blogs Privacy and rights have been heavily discussed in recent years and yet labor time as a blogger or a content contributor on social networking sites like Facebook which are private content providers or labor rights as online producers are not problematized much at all If there is such a thing right now as a unifying consciousness of a blogger it is one along the lines of being digital consumers with consumer right demands not workers Now on the other hand a glance at some of the most powerful blog platforms and social sharing sites i e wordpress blogger technorati delicious can give us an idea of what content people are tagging online What emerges often is a picture that shows professional identities and professional or academic categories becoming less important For example medicine is no longer a privileged discipline see image below taken from wordpress com on March 29 2009 digitally altered to highlight tags Web filtering seems to have less use for it than say health which emerges in its stead to cross disciplinary boundaries and interest areas This lends the impression that the web democratizes content and spans the general public the news media and the professionals as equal agents in an even field above wages Is there a coincidence in this phenomenon preceding one of the most massive periods of wage devaluation ever for journalists and other knowledge workers However not everyone tags content Tagging the practice of cataloging online content in a publicly visible way is a cousin to blogging Both inevitably fall into specialized communities that socially privilege them more than other communities One might reasonably assume that tech professionals programmers web designers entrepreneurs spend the most time blogging and cataloging content that is of interest to them and a quick skim of delicious can bear this out But then I would argue that far from being a distorted metric of web culture the amplification and dissemination of web literature through practices like blogging and tagging can then have an active dialectical role in shaping the overall perception and culture of the web architecture culture among it a culture that slants more heavily to ideologies of innovation progress techno fetishism green salvation and open source all these often refracted through a lens of masculinity In this light the question is then how authority is established on the web and does it really dissolve and reconfigure itself along with the seemingly disappearing boundaries My tentative unscientific conclusion to this is that while disciplines do get reconfigured some of their members fading out into off line irrelevance perhaps traditional disciplinary categories can gain traction and entrenchment as they adapt the dominant practices of the web as badges of authority but all the while leaving powerful ideologies of the web alone including malformed concepts of plurality democracy and the web as aspatial or post geographical Architecture talk on the web of course is not any different here and criticism has unfortunately not stepped in to respond In addition I have a crude suspicion that a fascination with informal architecture an identifiable strain in architecture blogging i e airoots has been due to an unfortunate parallelism made by bloggers between representations of the web as somehow free from state control and slums Let s close in on architecture for the sake of brevity Let me talk for a moment about the most popular blogs in architecture I think it s important to remember that maybe to an extent more than anything before them blogs seem to achieve their buoyancy not from some baptismal light shone upon them by institutions of power at least not always and do achieve it from their virtual and real life networks As the popular wisdom goes they achieve prominence through popular citation organically rising to the top of the cumulus Nonetheless architecture blogging probably like any other discipline online also has a pyramidal structure that can greatly accelerate the vetting process from above to below both online as in Archinect s school blog project better postings are often selected for the news feed as well as in real events like Postopolis or from communities where the important architecture related

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  • htc | Javier Arbona
    are a different thing than working The image above shows a micro analysis of a snip of Boing Boing s blog as the ur blog Highlighted portions indicate conventional blog devices They also call attention to the ways in which working is camouflaged by blogs and is translated into a series of socio communal actions and personalized rights Related to this we also have contradictions such as the one between trademark and defeat censorware which imagines somehow a utopia with private rights but without censorship For larger image more examples and discussion see the slideshow image captured on March 29 2009 Continuing on In other words the more you have to log on the more likely you are an educated professional of a certain income bracket or with certain cultural capital and the more you re likely to engage as consumer or producer with blogs Privacy and rights have been heavily discussed in recent years and yet labor time as a blogger or a content contributor on social networking sites like Facebook which are private content providers or labor rights as online producers are not problematized much at all If there is such a thing right now as a unifying consciousness of a blogger it is one along the lines of being digital consumers with consumer right demands not workers Now on the other hand a glance at some of the most powerful blog platforms and social sharing sites i e wordpress blogger technorati delicious can give us an idea of what content people are tagging online What emerges often is a picture that shows professional identities and professional or academic categories becoming less important For example medicine is no longer a privileged discipline see image below taken from wordpress com on March 29 2009 digitally altered to highlight tags Web filtering seems to have less use for it than say health which emerges in its stead to cross disciplinary boundaries and interest areas This lends the impression that the web democratizes content and spans the general public the news media and the professionals as equal agents in an even field above wages Is there a coincidence in this phenomenon preceding one of the most massive periods of wage devaluation ever for journalists and other knowledge workers However not everyone tags content Tagging the practice of cataloging online content in a publicly visible way is a cousin to blogging Both inevitably fall into specialized communities that socially privilege them more than other communities One might reasonably assume that tech professionals programmers web designers entrepreneurs spend the most time blogging and cataloging content that is of interest to them and a quick skim of delicious can bear this out But then I would argue that far from being a distorted metric of web culture the amplification and dissemination of web literature through practices like blogging and tagging can then have an active dialectical role in shaping the overall perception and culture of the web architecture culture among it a culture that slants more heavily to ideologies of innovation progress techno fetishism green salvation and open source all these often refracted through a lens of masculinity In this light the question is then how authority is established on the web and does it really dissolve and reconfigure itself along with the seemingly disappearing boundaries My tentative unscientific conclusion to this is that while disciplines do get reconfigured some of their members fading out into off line irrelevance perhaps traditional disciplinary categories can gain traction and entrenchment as they adapt the dominant practices of the web as badges of authority but all the while leaving powerful ideologies of the web alone including malformed concepts of plurality democracy and the web as aspatial or post geographical Architecture talk on the web of course is not any different here and criticism has unfortunately not stepped in to respond In addition I have a crude suspicion that a fascination with informal architecture an identifiable strain in architecture blogging i e airoots has been due to an unfortunate parallelism made by bloggers between representations of the web as somehow free from state control and slums Let s close in on architecture for the sake of brevity Let me talk for a moment about the most popular blogs in architecture I think it s important to remember that maybe to an extent more than anything before them blogs seem to achieve their buoyancy not from some baptismal light shone upon them by institutions of power at least not always and do achieve it from their virtual and real life networks As the popular wisdom goes they achieve prominence through popular citation organically rising to the top of the cumulus Nonetheless architecture blogging probably like any other discipline online also has a pyramidal structure that can greatly accelerate the vetting process from above to below both online as in Archinect s school blog project better postings are often selected for the news feed as well as in real events like Postopolis or from communities where the important architecture related bloggers meet the Pantheon of West Coast digerati My own cursory count puts among others Inhabitat the green savvy future forward design for the world you inhabit at the top of that heap Also most influential is of course I think many of you know this Geoff Manaugh s laudable bldgblog architectural conjecture urban speculation landscape futures In addition to those Dezeen Interactive Architecture Pruned DailyDose and MoCoLoco a modern and contemporary design blog seem to coalesce at the top of many lists And then we have the one and only Architecture for Humanity s Cameron Sinclair who seems to pop up everywhere More than a blogger he epitomizes the digitally enhanced professional Of course Archinect is pretty difficult to compare as it is a network of websites under the tutelage of Paul Petrunia that includes its news log which is like saying an old school blog the spaceinvading image tumblelog and the school blog project Full disclosure I ve

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  • labor | Javier Arbona
    contradictions such as the one between trademark and defeat censorware which imagines somehow a utopia with private rights but without censorship For larger image more examples and discussion see the slideshow image captured on March 29 2009 Continuing on In other words the more you have to log on the more likely you are an educated professional of a certain income bracket or with certain cultural capital and the more you re likely to engage as consumer or producer with blogs Privacy and rights have been heavily discussed in recent years and yet labor time as a blogger or a content contributor on social networking sites like Facebook which are private content providers or labor rights as online producers are not problematized much at all If there is such a thing right now as a unifying consciousness of a blogger it is one along the lines of being digital consumers with consumer right demands not workers Now on the other hand a glance at some of the most powerful blog platforms and social sharing sites i e wordpress blogger technorati delicious can give us an idea of what content people are tagging online What emerges often is a picture that shows professional identities and professional or academic categories becoming less important For example medicine is no longer a privileged discipline see image below taken from wordpress com on March 29 2009 digitally altered to highlight tags Web filtering seems to have less use for it than say health which emerges in its stead to cross disciplinary boundaries and interest areas This lends the impression that the web democratizes content and spans the general public the news media and the professionals as equal agents in an even field above wages Is there a coincidence in this phenomenon preceding one of the most massive periods of wage devaluation ever for journalists and other knowledge workers However not everyone tags content Tagging the practice of cataloging online content in a publicly visible way is a cousin to blogging Both inevitably fall into specialized communities that socially privilege them more than other communities One might reasonably assume that tech professionals programmers web designers entrepreneurs spend the most time blogging and cataloging content that is of interest to them and a quick skim of delicious can bear this out But then I would argue that far from being a distorted metric of web culture the amplification and dissemination of web literature through practices like blogging and tagging can then have an active dialectical role in shaping the overall perception and culture of the web architecture culture among it a culture that slants more heavily to ideologies of innovation progress techno fetishism green salvation and open source all these often refracted through a lens of masculinity In this light the question is then how authority is established on the web and does it really dissolve and reconfigure itself along with the seemingly disappearing boundaries My tentative unscientific conclusion to this is that while disciplines do get reconfigured some of their members fading out into off line irrelevance perhaps traditional disciplinary categories can gain traction and entrenchment as they adapt the dominant practices of the web as badges of authority but all the while leaving powerful ideologies of the web alone including malformed concepts of plurality democracy and the web as aspatial or post geographical Architecture talk on the web of course is not any different here and criticism has unfortunately not stepped in to respond In addition I have a crude suspicion that a fascination with informal architecture an identifiable strain in architecture blogging i e airoots has been due to an unfortunate parallelism made by bloggers between representations of the web as somehow free from state control and slums Let s close in on architecture for the sake of brevity Let me talk for a moment about the most popular blogs in architecture I think it s important to remember that maybe to an extent more than anything before them blogs seem to achieve their buoyancy not from some baptismal light shone upon them by institutions of power at least not always and do achieve it from their virtual and real life networks As the popular wisdom goes they achieve prominence through popular citation organically rising to the top of the cumulus Nonetheless architecture blogging probably like any other discipline online also has a pyramidal structure that can greatly accelerate the vetting process from above to below both online as in Archinect s school blog project better postings are often selected for the news feed as well as in real events like Postopolis or from communities where the important architecture related bloggers meet the Pantheon of West Coast digerati My own cursory count puts among others Inhabitat the green savvy future forward design for the world you inhabit at the top of that heap Also most influential is of course I think many of you know this Geoff Manaugh s laudable bldgblog architectural conjecture urban speculation landscape futures In addition to those Dezeen Interactive Architecture Pruned DailyDose and MoCoLoco a modern and contemporary design blog seem to coalesce at the top of many lists And then we have the one and only Architecture for Humanity s Cameron Sinclair who seems to pop up everywhere More than a blogger he epitomizes the digitally enhanced professional Of course Archinect is pretty difficult to compare as it is a network of websites under the tutelage of Paul Petrunia that includes its news log which is like saying an old school blog the spaceinvading image tumblelog and the school blog project Full disclosure I ve been the chief editor at Archinect and continue to be informally affiliated And finally you then have the utmost popular though not exclusively architectural Worldchanging Treehugger Curbed and Gothamist blogs which actually pay salaries at least to some of their bloggers I believe All these websites can be approximately ten to up to eight hundred times more popular I estimate than blogs produced by

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  • mit | Javier Arbona
    One makes the other and neither one can be said to come first Well part of the problem may be as I think Kazys Varnelis alluded to in an earlier email is that it might be too soon to tell how production is changing On the other hand as some of the following comments will point to it s becoming clear that architecture students for example are already reinventing the ways in which ideas an audience and design development stack up on each other altering the traditional chronologies of these processes along the way Maybe a few practicing architects are doing so as well In that sense these comments are right on because theory and criticism are probably changing as we speak hand in hand with production and we have to try to get a better sense of how to frame the issue These comments are edited down for length still trying to preserve the integrity of the ideas And thanks for offering these folks Any omissions that would change the general sense of the original thoughts would be my own fault Added links come from me Selections from an email by Enrique Ramirez a456 on April 12 2009 One thing for certain it should be said that architecture websites are not outside forms of dialogue Blogs etc are architecture production Blogs do not influence architecture practice Rather they are part of it ask Sam Jacob or Charles Holland I also wonder if a new type of writing is on the horizon one that is dictated by the conditions of online production And on that note I think more should be said about content Whereas Mimi Zeiger s Studio X panels seemed to cover a lot of the tools of online publishing indexhibit etc etc and the MIT HTC forum was a very significant and successful attempt at theorizing the state of architecture blogging and criticism more needs to be said about how and why some things are ripe for coverage on blogs I say this because many many of the blogs that I read seem to engage architecture in terms of their spatial qualities and often not much else Where s talk about form history production labor etc Bryan Finoki Subtopia wrote on April 23 2009 The event only seemed to focus on one aspect of blogging the consumptive side and looked too generally I thought at the blogosphere rather broadly on the whole and didn t really get into the niche of architectural blogging The production side is where I see a lot of value there people writing their own blogs bringing in a written layer of self reflexivity to their design process learning how to talk about their work and others thinking about architecture as perhaps it can only exist in written words I think this exploration would be far more interesting than the basic critiques of blogs as conduits for relaying other work and as these popularity contests geared to drive traffic the tricks and hooks bloggers use to attract readers and so forth I thought that critique was trite at this point cliche criticism frankly What is blogging actually doing for architecture as a practice in education for students faculty adminsitraton as design as broadening what is often a narrow scope of what and how architecture can be referred to today Has blogging impacted architectural relevancy on a wider scale These seemed like questions that never got answered From Nam Henderson on April 14 2009 As for the impact of the more accelerated pace of blogging and the production of architecture I think within the Archinect school blogs and various non Archinect thesis blogs one does see a link between the dialogic aspect of blogging and the end product In this case though i suppose the question becomes is this any different than the dialogic process within studio But the blog as studio writ large And even if so does this only become interesting once applicable within the actual built realm NB Elsewhere see also some running commentary on Archinect It seems that the fact of the matter is that there is a lot more to learn about the complex networks taking shape somewhere between spaces of production studio office library etc blogs and the human brains that power all these These inherently are spaces of making and critiquing as part and parcel of each other As much as I also agree with the above comments especially with Enrique s point about the oneness of architecture and blogging we also have to keep in mind that blogs still owe more to a production ideology rooted in Silicon Valley culture than to architecture s various streams Where it could get really interesting is if architecture blogs actually started to publish in experimental and markedly different ways from the blogosphere in general without falling into the trap of making flash graphics but striving for truly new social relations Now not to suggest that any of the above comments are guilty of the following because they simply aren t ultimately my own fear is that we often get carried away with the boosterism asserting that any new reconfiguration of the relation between theory and making is a good one or that any free online technology is inherently democratic and therefore would open up the design process or the politics of building and land use My own point in the panel really came down to trying to show that there are real social relations under the surface that often close off opportunity as much as they open it I m asking here if it s even possible to start to know what s happening to production if we don t take a step back and understand the social realm in which that production is happening or how blogging along with social networking of various sorts reshape relations of labor and therefore of spaces In addition architecture as a spatial discipline is well poised to examine and understand the kinds of spaces that blogs are producing Are they actually as democratic as we think Even if the multitiudes were fully participating though are they are blogs and such replacing more entrenched spatialities of gender age or race divisions Maybe these are still some open questions that if addressed seriously can expand the current objects of study in architecture which too often focus singularly on stuff like the suburbs for example in an atemporal and spatially isolated way rather than treating these as relational and networked spaces More important still let s address architecture s rote presentation mechanisms This last item the dogmatic conventions of making and representing space surprisingly have not changed much at all while the world around them has definitely shifted Credit is certainly due there to Architecture for Humanity and its Open Architecture Network for showing us one alternative model Finally the fact that more and more architecture students now blog in and of itself perhaps is not interesting What is interesting is the reactionary response this awakens from the academies which have not allowed things like the vaunted thesis project to actually challenge the discipline with these new tools so far that I have seen Maybe it s no coincidence that some of the more interesting work today is in design interaction departments One of the only people at least that I know of that have realized the fact that architecture s disciplinary boundaries have to change in this new context and has also thought about how they might is Bryan Boyer who wrote for loudpaper The work of the architect has never been more tied to all the specificities of client market place and politics nor have the concerns of these groups ever been more enmeshed Each format has its own set of catalytic constraints biases and conventions that the architect must work with That format that Bryan Boyer discusses in the previous post is up for grabs that much we now know but have the schools or the established architects actually caught on Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2009 04 27 2009 04 27 by javier Posted in architecture geography urbanism work Tagged blogitecture blogs criticism mit panel theory Leave a comment High Quality Rolex Replica Watches Let s start with this seemingly simple question Who blogs in society What disciplines and professions are blogging as social groups To begin with it is very difficult in the present day if not impossible to ascertain which professionals are blogging most if in fact they are doing so as a part of their professional culture or blogging about their profession itself For this reason it s also difficult to draw any conclusions about how architecture compares not to mention how to distinguish such traditional professionals from bloggers that just blog as a profession in and of itself What are they all blogging about For what audiences And who actually reads them These questions would make an interesting long term project to research for some people like the Pew Center That said anecdotal evidence seems to indicate a remarkable presence of legal blogs as well as a visible presence of influential online special interest law projects i e Electronic Frontier Foundation Digitaldemocracy the Berkman Center This might not come as a surprise although it seems weird to hear no Those who dispense standard legal wisdom are also throwing that common sense to the wind the web being the evidence flynet that it is right But upon second thought it makes sense As Pew Internet research has confirmed people spending most time online tend to be affluent with salaries above 75K and digitally connected awash in a fog of networked devices It seems that we are aware of the so called digital divide We decry it and even design against it Nevertheless many agree without question that online rights and personal identity should be a natural focus of thinking Meanwhile lawyers can use this logic to augment their disciplinary power An influential slice of the digerati assume that there is a universal interest in abstract issues of privacy and digital rights This common place framing of the social problem is foundational even to the establishment of an everyday agreement of how you re supposed to blog starting with the very design and structure of blog pages and platforms This also sets up an unwritten set of conventions that bloggers informally follow perhaps indicating through sheer apathy to class and economic issues that blogging as a profession or professions that blog are a different thing than working The image above shows a micro analysis of a snip of Boing Boing s blog as the ur blog Highlighted portions indicate conventional blog devices They also call attention to the ways in which working is camouflaged by blogs and is translated into a series of socio communal actions and personalized rights Related to this we also have contradictions such as the one between trademark and defeat censorware which imagines somehow a utopia with private rights but without censorship For larger image more examples and discussion see the slideshow image captured on March 29 2009 Continuing on In other words the more you have to log on the more likely you are an educated professional of a certain income bracket or with certain cultural capital and the more you re likely to engage as consumer or producer with blogs Privacy and rights have been heavily discussed in recent years and yet labor time as a blogger or a content contributor on social networking sites like Facebook which are private content providers or labor rights as online producers are not problematized much at all If there is such a thing right now as a unifying consciousness of a blogger it is one along the lines of being digital consumers with consumer right demands not workers Now on the other hand a glance at some of the most powerful blog platforms and social sharing sites i e wordpress blogger technorati delicious can give us an idea of what content people are tagging online What emerges often is a picture that shows professional identities and professional or academic categories becoming less important For example medicine is no longer a privileged discipline see image below taken from wordpress com on March 29 2009 digitally altered to highlight tags Web filtering seems to have less use for it than say health which emerges in its stead to cross disciplinary boundaries and interest areas This lends the impression that the web democratizes content and spans the general public the news media and the professionals as equal agents in an even field above wages Is there a coincidence in this phenomenon preceding one of the most massive periods of wage devaluation ever for journalists and other knowledge workers However not everyone tags content Tagging the practice of cataloging online content in a publicly visible way is a cousin to blogging Both inevitably fall into specialized communities that socially privilege them more than other communities One might reasonably assume that tech professionals programmers web designers entrepreneurs spend the most time blogging and cataloging content that is of interest to them and a quick skim of delicious can bear this out But then I would argue that far from being a distorted metric of web culture the amplification and dissemination of web literature through practices like blogging and tagging can then have an active dialectical role in shaping the overall perception and culture of the web architecture culture among it a culture that slants more heavily to ideologies of innovation progress techno fetishism green salvation and open source all these often refracted through a lens of masculinity In this light the question is then how authority is established on the web and does it really dissolve and reconfigure itself along with the seemingly disappearing boundaries My tentative unscientific conclusion to this is that while disciplines do get reconfigured some of their members fading out into off line irrelevance perhaps traditional disciplinary categories can gain traction and entrenchment as they adapt the dominant practices of the web as badges of authority but all the while leaving powerful ideologies of the web alone including malformed concepts of plurality democracy and the web as aspatial or post geographical Architecture talk on the web of course is not any different here and criticism has unfortunately not stepped in to respond In addition I have a crude suspicion that a fascination with informal architecture an identifiable strain in architecture blogging i e airoots has been due to an unfortunate parallelism made by bloggers between representations of the web as somehow free from state control and slums Let s close in on architecture for the sake of brevity Let me talk for a moment about the most popular blogs in architecture I think it s important to remember that maybe to an extent more than anything before them blogs seem to achieve their buoyancy not from some baptismal light shone upon them by institutions of power at least not always and do achieve it from their virtual and real life networks As the popular wisdom goes they achieve prominence through popular citation organically rising to the top of the cumulus Nonetheless architecture blogging probably like any other discipline online also has a pyramidal structure that can greatly accelerate the vetting process from above to below both online as in Archinect s school blog project better postings are often selected for the news feed as well as in real events like Postopolis or from communities where the important architecture related bloggers meet the Pantheon of West Coast digerati My own cursory count puts among others Inhabitat the green savvy future forward design for the world you inhabit at the top of that heap Also most influential is of course I think many of you know this Geoff Manaugh s laudable bldgblog architectural conjecture urban speculation landscape futures In addition to those Dezeen Interactive Architecture Pruned DailyDose and MoCoLoco a modern and contemporary design blog seem to coalesce at the top of many lists And then we have the one and only Architecture for Humanity s Cameron Sinclair who seems to pop up everywhere More than a blogger he epitomizes the digitally enhanced professional Of course Archinect is pretty difficult to compare as it is a network of websites under the tutelage of Paul Petrunia that includes its news log which is like saying an old school blog the spaceinvading image tumblelog and the school blog project Full disclosure I ve been the chief editor at Archinect and continue to be informally affiliated And finally you then have the utmost popular though not exclusively architectural Worldchanging Treehugger Curbed and Gothamist blogs which actually pay salaries at least to some of their bloggers I believe All these websites can be approximately ten to up to eight hundred times more popular I estimate than blogs produced by academic types like us with academic looking commentary or with student projects The high quality of these top blogs is notable and we can see that their meaning has found its way to smaller critical ventures as with varnelis and htcexperiments debating fictional architecture through bldgblog or my own recent interest in informality It s proof of the influence of these blogs But what we haven t come to relate into our discussion is how these class A bloggers establish a networked presence that sustains and nourishes their perch at the top of the pyramid and do so at the basic level by constantly laboring for free in digital mines like Twitter Facebook Tumblr Archinect commentary boards and incessantly tapping on their phones with their various online networks What I think is interesting is

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    does everything to make war glamorous and even in some way reassuring https t co 3 days ago RT marymad demilit GARPAzoo twitter com vruz status 67 3 days ago RT AlJavieera Obama library Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer Who s Afraid of Slumdog and in love with the slums Part II What informality once perhaps looked like Eagle Fruit Store and Capital Hotel Lincoln Nebraska 1942 LOC Informality as Nezar Alsayyad explains comes into being as its own standalone concept in the 1970s yet it has much in common with past forms of rural urban migration and labor In fact he questions what is new about it at all For example the development of American cities thrived on the pull of a rural population to the cities which performed day labor or trade services Think of transients hobos journeymen carpenters and many others that today might fit the category As Paul Groth explores this mostly male population often lived in flop houses single occupancy hotels and rooming houses As of the 1970s especially with the work of Caroline Moser informality as a term grouped together a combination

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    medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer informality Informality Comes Home Except it never left Just a quick observation I ll copy paste and modify a bit of what I just put up on Archinect because it s been a recent interest area on this blog The NYTimes reports on the surge of what they re calling Shanty Towns aka Hoovervilles or as the reporter says illegal encampments of homeless people that are reminiscent on a far smaller scale of Depression era shanty towns It s interesting to note how the crisis mode of thinking nevertheless still draws that traditional border between informality or informal housing over there somewhere south of the border or across an ocean and homelessness over here in the good ol homeland Or Slum dwellers there homeless people here More from this blog Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2009 03 25 2009 03 25 by javier Posted in city geography Tagged homelessness informality slums Who s Afraid of Slumdog and in love with the slums Part III The End In my earlier two posts on informality I

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