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Hello. I am an architecture student at the University of Waterloo in Cambridge, Ontario. This blog for me at least is a means of soul searching, looking to capture as much of life as I can through every medium. This is a documentation of my search for peace of mind. Expect distractions. Expect Spontaneity. Do not always expect an explanation. Love, Connor

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FINDING MEANING BEYOND SURVIVAL

"A growing number of scholars suggest that it is not just our need to survive and reproduce that has driven this dynamic of ever greater complexity and extension. If it were only about survival, we would have maintained ourselves in far smaller numbers in a Paleolithic mode.

Rather, they believe, there is something deeper at work. If we are by nature an affectionate species that continuously seeks to broaden and deepen our relationships and connections to others, in effect to transcend ourselves by participating in more expansive communities of meaning, then our increasingly complex social structures provide vehicles for our journey. More complex energy-consuming civilizations allow human beings to compress time and space. AS mentioned, we extend our collective central nervous systems to encompass greater swaths of existence. We do so in order to find meaning in belonging to ever richer and deeper realms of reality. Hungarian polymath Michael Polanyi sees man as “the innovator and explorer, passionately pouring himself into an existence closer to reality.”

Author Edith Cobb agrees with Polanyi and goes a step further by suggesting that “If many is evolution become conscious, surely this is due to his own consciousness striving to join forces with the universe in this passionate pursuit of the realities of temporal and spatial relations.” Cobb believes that there is a force inherent in the human biology itself that is even more powerful than the classic Darwinian idea of self-reproduction. She writes that, “the need to extend the self in time and space– the need to create in order to live, to breathe, and to be– precedes, indeed, of necessity exceeds, the need for self-reproduction as a personal survival function.”

We begin to sense the possibility that there may be a purpose after all to the human journey: that the deepening sense of selfhood, the extension of empathy to broader and more inclusive domains of reality and the expansion of human consciousness, is the transcendent process by which we explore the mystery of existence and discover new realms of meaning.

Strict Darwinists might be aghast at such heresy. They would argue that the human compulsion to create more complex living arrangements and social structures is simply a manifestation of our innate biological need to assure our own individual survival and reproduction potential. Suffice it to say that critics have pointed out that the Darwinian assumption that any and every social innovation and construction that allows life to proliferate is ultimately traceable back to the need to perpetuate our genes becomes a bit tautological if not tiresome.

However, if we look closely at the historical evidence that chronicles the human journey, and especially the dialectical feedback between extended empathy and greater entropy, whole new possibilities for imagining human nature and the human quest open up for our consideration.

The recognition of another’s finite existence is what connects empathic consciousness to entropic awareness. When we identify with another’s plight, it’s their will to live that we empathize with and seek to support. The laws of thermodynamics, and especially the entropy law, tells us that every living moment is unique, unrepeatable, and irreversibly–we grow older, not younger–and for that reason we owe our very existence to the borrowed available energy of the Earth that makes up our physical being and that keeps us far away from an equilibrium state of death and decomposition. When we empathize with another being, there is an unconscious understanding that their very existence, like our own, is a fragile affair, which is made possible by the continuous flow of energy through their being. Only recently, however, have we become consciously aware that we each owe our well-being, in part, to the buildup of our own personal entropic debt in the surrounding environment.”

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designcube:

Balloons installation outside Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, by Moon Ji Bang

thekhooll:

Toluene Tank Zimoun

Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.” bitforms nyc

See the video here. GIF found here.

(Source: archatlas)

neuromaencer:

telescopic contact lens developed by UC San Diego

neuromaencer:

telescopic contact lens developed by UC San Diego

prostheticknowledge:

WirePrint

Prototyping 3D printing method from HPI reduces construction time of model making by a tenth creating wireframe versions of forms - video embedded below:

WirePrint prints 3D objects as wireframe previews. By extruding filament directly into 3D space instead of printing layer-wise, it achieves a speed-up of up to a factor of 10, allowing designers to iterate more quickly in the early stages of design …

Even though considered a rapid prototyping tool, 3D printing is so slow that a reasonably sized object requires printing overnight. This slows designers down to a single iteration per day. With WirePrint, we propose to instead print low-fidelity wireframe previews in the early stages of the design process. Wireframe previews are 3D prints in which surfaces have been replaced with a wireframe mesh. Since wireframe previews are to scale and represent the overall shape of the 3D object, they allow users to quickly verify key aspects of their 3D design, such as the ergonomic fit.

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finn-wilkie:

Herzog & de Meuron, Parish Art Museum, New York, 2012

www.herzogdemeuron.com/

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love-spain:

Estudio para el pintor Arranz-Bravo, Garces de Seta Bonet architectes.

(Source: europaconcorsi.com)

finn-wilkie:

AFGH, Finnish Tower, Rotsee, 2014

www.afgh.ch/