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Michael C. (M, 51)
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    Design and the Elastic Mind
    I've been greatly anticipating the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition to open for the past month now.... and even though I'm not in NYC to able to experience it first-hand, I spent hours deeply immersed & captivated by it's on-line component, (via a sharp treatment from no other than Yugo Nakamura). I highly recommend you explore the website, which offers over 300 works to get your neurons firing and warm your heart. And if you are in NYC, please do us a favor, and go go go!

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    Over the past twenty-five years, people have weathered dramatic changes in their experience of time, space, matter, and identity. Individuals cope daily with a multitude of changes in scale and pace—working across several time zones, traveling with relative ease between satellite maps and nanoscale images, and being inundated with information. Adaptability is an ancestral distinction of intelligence, but today’s instant variations in rhythm call for something stronger: elasticity, the product of adaptability plus acceleration. Design and the Elastic Mind explores the reciprocal relationship between science and design in the contemporary world by bringing together design objects and concepts that marry the most advanced scientific research with attentive consideration of human limitations, habits, and aspirations. The exhibition highlights designers’ ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and history—changes that demand or reflect major adjustments in human behavior—and translate them into objects that people can actually understand and use. This Web site presents over three hundred of these works, including fifty projects that are not featured in the gallery exhibition.

    Many designers, scientists, and artists have turned to design to give method to their productive tinkering, or what John Seely Brown has called "thinkering." They all belong to a new culture in which experimentation is guided by engagement with the world and open, constructive collaboration with colleagues and other specialists. Whether in the form of origami, nanofacture, or growth and aggregation, thinkering gives shape to the embryonic dialogue between design and science.

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    People and Objects
    Design has expanded into new fields, including the interactions between people and objects. Responsive design features objects that respond to our needs rather than awaiting our instructions. The tagging of information in our environment makes the world into a live information platform. New interfaces incorporate instinctive human traits, expanding our relationships with the objects they enable us to access.

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    Thought to Action
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    lateral     Wed, Mar 5, 2008  Permanent link
    Too. Much. Mindblowery!
    folkert     Wed, Mar 5, 2008  Permanent link
    Mindblowery indeed... MC — thanks for the elaborate digest, a great introduction to this massive archive of interestingness. As usual, Yugo (and MoMA) did it right.
    Anees     Tue, Mar 18, 2008  Permanent link
    Just visited the link you gave and the interface is fantastic, I like the way in which the complete archive of posts is overlaid by the ability to view semi-detail views of selected posts with sweeping links to other, related posts.
    bpwnes     Tue, Mar 18, 2008  Permanent link
    Brilliant! I'm still all O.O
    arjuna     Tue, Mar 18, 2008  Permanent link
    Cool! Inspirational! ... Sigh! Yes, check out the site.
    After Looking at some origami I started thinking origami houses or living structures and then came across this site on cardboard houses by by fluke.