Why We Need Things

This is a reflection on ‘Why We Need Things’ by author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, on ‘Objects and the Organization of Experience’. The author starts with how the nomads did not like carrying many things, nor accepted objects as gifts because that meant more luggage to carry around. And then gradually, man became a ‘hoarder’, a collector of things, artifacts and have…

Design Noir

This is a reflection of ‘Design Noir‘ by Dunne and Raby. I first read the single paragraph above the section of ‘Design Noir’, which spoke of electronic products as the neglected medium. While I was reading through the example of the Sony Walkman, the picture of the Apple iPod came into my mind, and I…

The Practice of Everyday Life

Perspective vision and prospective vision constitute the twofold projection of an opaque past and an uncertain future onto a surface that can be dealt with. This article is a reflection of Michel De Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984 – “Concept of the City to Urban Practices,” and “Spaces and Places”. This above quote from the author…

Interaction with Technology for the Century

This is the final paper for my reflections on Design for the Century, in my first semester at Parsons School of Design. Below is the TLDR summary and following that is the final paper published from Google Drive. Summary We know what technology is. In Marshall McLuhan’s theory, all technologies are extensions of our physical…

‘Extrastatecraft’

Extrastatecraft, according to architect, urbanist, and author Keller Easterling, is a design thinking about not just the buildings but functions “like an operating system, the economics, the informatics, the ecosystem of making the way cities are built – a matrix space”. She says that this is the defacto way of building cities and using the land…