Archive for September, 2010

on museums & urbanism

September 21, 2010,0,3703535.story

constitute as institutional design?



September 17, 2010

limits occur at every level.

we were talking today at work about hvac and zoning. the discussion became about interior plans for office spaces. in a work environment, a limit begins with furniture. when you sit down, where does it happen when you need a border?furniture started with just desks, it surmounted to entire partition systems.

(then at the larger scale the layout becomes about where the boundaries fall for privacy. the interior part of the building is now for offices with glazing to still capture the natural light from the perimeter. the perimeter is now reserved for cubicles, which receive the greatest amount of natural light, while still not blocking the lighting from the interior spaces.)

now with technology, our personal limits have shifted. technology has enabled us to be enclosed in our own cocoon without physically having to be. it has also allowed us to expand our engagement with others with out physically having to. this leaves the question of just how much technology has allowed us to rid ourselves of physical boundaries. it also helps to define what physical boundaries are necessary.

an office space has provided a real and simple yet intricate enough environment to explore these personal physical limitations. i am intrigued about how this corresponds to other programs. walls are the simplest type of boundary. obviously walls themselves play a role in all types of programs, in this case it refers to privacy of work activities. does the dismembering of a physical boundary (a wall) because of advancements in technological interactions hold true for all types of environments?