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How complex urban information can be classified using neuron patterning and speculates about the adaptation of architectural object in urban environment through this method? In order to achieve this, three main steps might be followed, which are, grasping the neuron patterning activities and location based urban information data, relating two mechanisms to classify urban information, and focus on the adaptation of architectural object with its form and program in order to create the mutual relationship between the user and the built environment.

Human brain has the ability to store various kinds of data taken from outsources by creating unique
patterns for every single situation. Memory is formed as a consequence of this process, which is also a very indeterminate one. Every recall of a memory in the present, is also affected by the current
stimulations, and therefore perception of the current stimulations are also affected by the past events.

Cities, considered as the playground of miscellaneous activities, are endless data generators. People, as being users of the city, are adding value with every activity they are involved in, where they establish the ‘perceived program’. Even though the general assigned program of the urban environment is quite yet obvious, the perceived program is in a constant change. Enhancements in information technologies, even more importantly, bring more complex data. Location, traffic, transit, social messages, podcasts and likewise make urban information even harder to classify. Users start to create exact, measurable data, about their locations and activities, along with their personalities and interests. This brings up a problem of taxonomy, whereas these data, as much, doesn’t rely on a common ground. Based on these emerging properties, a deterministic way of urban information taxonomy is unable to create solutions for the necessities of people and their relation with built environment. Therefore, the way human brain handles memory generation process, can be considered as a model for urban information taxonomy, since it relies
on the constant regeneration of the information with past and present events.

These events are taking place in certain ‘locations’ in urban environments. ‘Locations’ may vary from a tight personal boundary to a cafe or giant ballpark, which are defined by the activity data generated by users that also exists in virtual, with the help of information technologies. This activity data may occur, dissolve or transform through time, thus the same applies to these ‘locations’. However, even in its vagueness, as data accumulate, it starts to form a memory of the very location.

As these memories are formed in various indeterminate locations, some network formations will start to emerge in between. Location, and memory, networks generate patterns of information throughout the city. At this point it can be grasped that a virtual information overlay will cover the urban environment, in mutual relationship with the structure of the physical city.

Urban information taxonomy is crucial to understand architectural object’s role in city. Physicality of the cities are directly related with its architectural capability. As mentioned above since the physical structure is in mutual relationship with the information patterns, architecture situates itself in a position where it affects and gets affected with/by the new taxonomy of urban information. The accumulation of information in a certain location, in which an architectural entity is positioned, forces that entity to deform the boundaries as a consequence of its structure. The virtual information overlay mentioned above will start forcing the physical city to keep up with its dynamic form. Thus, the architectural object needs to adapt itself according to information pattern generated by city happenings to create a mutual base between the persons and the built environment.

*sketches of a confused mind from Orsini’s statement

“Panta rei”, Heraclitus would say, “Everything Flows”, When I think about the future, that instant is already the
past, and has evolved into something else, perhaps the present. Time is a key element of perception. Our life experiences are
pure cognitive moments where space and time are the dialectic forces that guide us. Acceleration, simultaneity, collapse. We
live at the boundary where future, past and present merge.
All that matters is the duration.

Alessandro Orsini


When we think about the surroundings we eventually feel the concept of blending of the space and time. This feels to me quite an interesting situation since when we think about travelling in space (the actual endless black thing), we as a human will lose the time perception, since all our indicators will be lost, but we still be in surrounded by anything (black matter, etc). Planet earth creates all these material changes that builds up our perception of space-time that helps us not to become crazy and live anyhow.
Those changes are happening so rapidly so that we actually have an understanding of something can be past, present and future.
This brings a very understandable, linear approach to history, and brongs up with a universally approved time interval concept, which we actually can define ‘the present’. I don’t want to mention about the quantum or something, but try to think about what the materialty of today provokes that understanding and linearity of the approved history.
Concept of space is built with the static situations, static objects. Something is there and one can be there, or away from there. But what if we define somewhere with what is happening there, from human eye or not. So lets seperate the concepts of space and location. The concept of space can be defined by the activity, of human or non human. Of which can change the time interval in a different way, so we can mention about happenings that are happened (which still brings the past). However those past activities doesn’t have to be finished, or can never be finished but continue in different ‘locations’. So the activity never ends, and space (or spaces) will remain as a continuos flow, of what cannot be defined by time (edit. linear history instead of time) anymore.
This is strongly related with current materiality. Definition of space (and activity), which can be something more to think about (the blending of space and time) (and the blending of the past with future)

by Orkun Beydağı

Art, through out the history, situated as an institutionalized entity. Since the very beginning of the art production, it tries to overcome a very important issue, “communication’. Art does this in a variety of ways, all in different formations, however the very reason is to have the ideas to be shared. This eventually brings the institutionalization, either in a corporate way or by small initiatives. Institutions bring the gathering of persons, which creates a field, where art production, takes role, and become actualized in. This gathering more importantly takes place around the archives, indeed very critical for institutions to form themselves. These institutions, in order to maintain themselves, have the task to protect and develop these archives, which develops an important political power for them. This political power, the archival process, leads to a situation where art institutions fashion some styles with the content of the art production and form ‘-ists and –izms’, therefore offers a strong classification.

Beside all these situations, enhancements in information technologies issue new approaches in archival process. As the information exchange options widens and provide faster communication possibilities, the significance of archives and their protection loses its importance. Every person with their handhelds, produce information about their local environment and shares with people either nearby, or further away. This actually gives the political power in to the hands of ordinary person, and creates local zones of information, which in the end causes the dissolution of protected archives into a distributed network formation. Also mentioned by Kwinter, the unpredictable and fast nature of the archive system (internet), can place the scientific action and political method for everyone with a phone line and a hard drive, of which refined and disciplined eras and methods could not (2011).

The more persons act as the transmitter of local information, faster the dissolution of protected archives happens. This forms a distributed network that emerges by the vague connection of persons, which can be inferred as nodes. Gatherings of individuals, shows emergent behavior, where the result of the gathering generates a different entity, which is more powerful local wise. Status posts about local events, helps persons to organize faster through that event, however has the inconsistency that will cause the organization to change its formation rapidly, which also can be inferred as an example, since the small local organizations happened in the so called “Arab Spring”.

This situation is directly related with the information that is know-what, but more with know-how. This know-how information, in this aspect, varies between virtual and actual. It can only be valid for a certain time and space. However as the organization changes its structure, information will adapt itself. As one person changes its location and time, the information reached will be different from the previous condition. If we think about the information we gain by experience, the interaction with ‘objects’-know how- we still can talk about the same scenario. “Global Information” of know how will no longer exist, and instead that knowledge gained from experience will be valid for that certain time and space.

In addition to all, however the organizational structure of archives is in the threshold of that change, materiality still keeps a certain formation that in fact remains slower to follow this change of archival process. Storage of the local information is expressed in the known ways, can be mentioned as ‘recordings’, like words, pictures, paintings, sounds, etc. More over these ‘recordings’, there can be a new form of storage of the local information, which situates itself virtually and ties with the actual, physical world, and this will change the way, how art is produced, and eventually leads to a new categorization of the productions.

This can be actualized in a scenario, where smart materials can help artist to produce local products that can only be meaningful for a certain time. In an example of an art institute that uses this creative learning process, artists will perform according to certain conditions, in a specific time and space.

As in information networks scenario we cannot talk about places, but locations with certain properties. In this case diverse natural condition can be chosen as locations, which the smart material ties its information to. Waterfront, parks, underground and height are showing different intensive properties, where energy flow mostly occur. The smart material will interact with these locations to form states; gas, liquid, solid, which helps for artist to get in touch with the material and transform it to realize their ideas. The new forms emerge from this new material for the activity, ‘painting, sculpting, music, and visual effect’.

Intensive properties of natural conditions define the properties of the material for these activities.

Artists activity forms a distributed network throughout the city, which effects and gets effected by the material its formations. This two-way interaction forms the material and its existence in the city, as well as the distributed network formations of the artist. “

One instance for this is the parks in rush hours, the one slight moment when oxygen, carbon dioxide ratio, pressure and temperature changes. That moment where, park, subway/park,waterfront/subway,waterfront/park,waterfront meets material show certain properties that the artist, who uses it can only experience and gain knowledge for that moment and space.

In such a situation, where art production is exclusively done for specific time and space, the categorization shifts away from the content itself, however turns into the local information zone. If we can talk about an art history, it will contain the distributed network formation and its analytical location and time information.  Accumulation of these will bring massive amount of analytical data, which emphasizes the temporariness of art production, in the distributed network institutions, as archives dissolves and reorganizes as emergent entities with the enhancements in information –communication technologies.

Starting to a new decade, persons may have never been more connected with their environments. It is the complexity of gatherings, and encounters and happenings, relations with the objects and their accumulated informations, rfids, nfcs, etc.. Of which we cannot actually determine a system, but may just follow what is going on. It is -or it may be- the situationist that doesn’t define a system, but basically suggest a series of events, which will not be perceived the system as a whole, but in fact parts of a system that is actually showing emergent behavior.

Emergent behavior is something of a bottom up model, in which the ‘up’ part is so fuzzy to determine and strictly in a relation with the ‘bottom’ parts changeability. It is basically the water example, where gas molecules are compounding a liquid. Result is simply not related with the input, but the rule causes the result. Cities today are showing too much of this sort of behavior especially with the technological advances. The very important point is how persons are getting in relation with the locations and provide information about the event that is actually going on in that locale. Simply a conversation provides a locational information, just because it has been taking place in an actual physical space. The limitation is the human body that creates a privacy and let a less amount of people involved in the information exchange. However, the very popular information model, the cloud, gives enormous possibilities into how persons exchange information. The cloud accumulates the very information that has been going on in a certain location and allows contribution.

Building up an information model is very critical in ways to understand and try to solve that situation, but is also very critical to see possible results, that makes certain conditions pointless, like politics, economics, ethics, as well as designated urban and architectural programs, durable structures.

How information can store in each individual and be transferred to somebody else. How ‘Know How’ can be something experienced remotely, and how it gathers people. How gathered people can form institutions, or just workshops. What can be the difference between institutions and workshops. Is there a distinction, or they are already combined. How can structures help us experience know how. Why is know how important, than other source of information, or is it? We do definitely need physical, material ‘extensions’, or ‘structures’ to store and transfer and experience information. How structures can deal with this, how they work as a source of information. It is structures…