...cannot be adequately accounted for either by nature (climate, site) or by its previous history…Mediations and mediators have to be taken into consideration: the action of groups, factors within knowledge, within ideology or within the domain of representations. Social space contains a great diversity of objects, both natural and social, including the networks and pathways which facilitate the exchange of material things and information.
The Urban Archives is pleased to announce a new addition to our Digital Collections.
The first-hand photographs and ephemera were collected by Joshua J. Miller as part of his Ph.D dissertation, Cyborg love, Critical Mass and possibility : enacting the right to the city 1. They have been collected from numerous Critical Mass actions occurring in Seattle from 2008 to 2010.
We are grateful to Dr. Miller for allowing us to include them in our archives. Thank you.
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1. Miller, Joshua James. 2010. Cyborg love, Critical Mass and possibility: enacting the right to the city. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 2010.
April 2010 -- Irina, Amy (credited as Tom), and Giorgia published their chapter in a book edited by UW Professor of Landscape Architecture Jeffrey Hou. Their chapter discussed the Urban Archives project as well as larger ideas about digital archiving and the use of new media to document public space and to teach about it.
The book is available from Routledge.
July 14th, 2010 -- Tom spoke with KING5 reporter Michael King about some of Seattle's ghost signs, as well as these types of historic advertisements in general. Some of the ghost signs found in the segment, as well as others in Seattle's Pioneer Square, can be found here.
Spring 2009 --Students at Colorado State University create visual research projects on Flickr about different aspects of the city of Fort Collins, CO, such as the rich presence of ghost signs, the renovation and regulation of downtown alleyways, the local bicycling culture reflected in the bike racks that come in all shapes and sizes across town, the difference between residential and student housing as communicated by the front yards found in different neighborhoods and the culture of outdoor seating for restaurants and bars.
Summer 2008--Students at SMU create Visual Essays about Olympia and Lacey, WA using Google MyMaps and Flickr.
March 2008--Giorgia and Tom presented the Urban Archives project at the Information School's Research Conversation, a colloquium and discussion. The presentation addressed our project's multiple aspects: a teaching tool, a resource and vehicle for research, a repository of public memory, and an interdisciplinary collaboration and technology.
Some questions that we addressed: How can researchers and scholars across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and information technology fieldsenable better productive and generative forms of collaboration? How can these collaborations involve and engage non-academic as well as academic communities of inquiry? What forms of professional and institutional development are necessary to support and sustain such generative cross-sectoral collaborations?
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