January 2011

helical projections

It appears that the graph of human development as a species resembles a helix, or a spiral, as we commonly call it.

They say that fashion goes in circles, the history repeats itself, etc. However, whenever the circle starts another round, it is never truly the same: whenever the jeans become fashionable again, they are not quite the same jeans that were fashionable before – some progress has happened, something has changed. At the same time, (almost) everything in nature is periodic: the change of night and day, (arguably) the fluctuations of the financial markets.

The argument I am putting forward is that those two trends do not “just happen” – they are interrelated. And the only graph that represents both simultaneously, is not a 2D figure, it is a 3D one – a helix. As the top projection of a rising helix is a circle and the side view is a sinusoidal graph, the helix ties together the circle and the period, arguably, adding a new way of relating/representing/mapping/forecasting the periods of growth and fall and the circular motion of culture (economy).

Therefore, our culture does not move in circles – it moves in spirals. And the markets don’t simply rise and fall, but, again, spiral.

In relation to self-healing buildings -> “Polymer Could Create Self-Healing Aircraft” from WIRED

In reality – you travel towards an object, you walk around it, examine it. Real space itself is static, and it is your own movement that brings dynamism into it. In digital space, the object finds you. Not do you travel in space, but the space travels to and around you. Fake space. In the digital world there is no difference between “here” and “there”, “close” and “far”, because these categories just don’t apply. (more…)

The Story of Stuff web-site. The video is a bit long and is nothing new, but says what it has to say and is reasonably well done. Worth checking out.

For those, who’re interested, some materials about “Inception” – the most architectural movie of them all!




A Physicist Solves the City

The New York Times
Published: December 17, 2010
“What makes a city grow and thrive? What causes it to stagnate and fall? Geoffrey West thinks the tools of physics can give us the answers.”

What happens to the world we live in, when the lights go out?

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