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Modest robotics

In Excerpts on March 13, 2011 at 10:03 am

I am in support of anyone advocating for the “modest and reasonable” use of robots.

“Considering the revolutionary potential of [Gramazio & Kohler’s] work, you might expect a note of utopian zeal from the pair. [But] if you want dazzling Wellsian predictions, delivered with glittering eyes, of future armies of architect-controlled mechanoids transforming the world, you’ve come to the wrong place.” [Their] vision is, instead, “understated, modest, [and] reasonable.”

Images and quote via BLDGBLOG.

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Newness

In Thoughts on December 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

A new year is for new things. Some old things too. Like aging.

But the new is more exciting, like this site, dedicated to a new TBE, my column on the built environment. When I first began TBE, it had little identity, but as I wrote more and more, it lost what bit it had and devolved into a series of sprawling, philosophical essays. I don’t regret this, but I do want to begin afresh, with a true, blog-style column on the matter, especially now that, since I began the project, I am now in a position to comment more sophisticatedly on the topic as the associate editor of gb&d magazine.

My hope is that I can present relevant news, cool ideas, and quick commentary in the format of great blogs like Bobulate and BLDG BLOG.  

To a new year and a new project but an older mind. I think these things will benefit one another.