Refining Domains #Thesis

I refined my domain map from the previous iterations, added more sub-domains to get some clarity. I digitized these domains, eliminated recurring subdomains that are quite common, and refined it further, using Realtimeboard. How do I consider my domain or subdomains? A lot of my work was spread across my portfolio, past work, work during my…

Domain Mapping #Thesis

I practiced domain mapping through my first semester until now. My first thorough domain mapping was in my first semester – where I spit out all possible domains that I’m interested in (sticky notes above). Then I imagined and assumed a few problems emanating from that domain, and assumed the technology space that could solve them (red). Then…

The Paper Plane

Do you remember that the symbol of medicine used to be the red cross? Today, it’s the two snakes around the iron rod, called the “Caduceus” (the snake and rod symbol). Have you seen any symbols for attorneys or law advocates? They normally have a white-collar bow. In India, from where I’m from, this is…

a-tox-sphere

It is a collection of physical prototypes and digital concepts. A speculative environment where the earth is depleted of oxygen, filled with toxic air from pollution, the human race has diminished, thereby still leaving plenty of energy resource – an ironical state of affairs, insufficient to sustain the human race. The work, in essence, is…

The Idea of Emergence

This is a reflection on Steven Johnson’s, Emergence, The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities & Software, “Street Level”. While the reading explains the case of Ants, I am only reminded of the Antz movie, and movies like that made it clear on how, small little things work together to achieve mammoth tasks, or ’emerge’ as…

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…

First Broadway, Last Match

That’s right. This was my first ever Broadway show, and probably the first theatre shows that I have seen in a very long time. The last time I might have attended theatre was maybe during my undergrad or ever before that, which was about 9 years ago. The show was ‘The Last Match‘. Well, technically this was…

Surveillance and the Global Other

Image Credit: Shutterstock There is no surprise to why we love bad news or hearing anything negative. For whatever reason, negativity sells. In the same way, the fact that big tech companies use our info for whatever means is just something that sells. Of course, this is not a good thing, then why is it that we cannot stop it…

U. N. Me.

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) of my school (The New School) organized a trip the United Nations, here in New York. I remember, when I applied to Parsons School of Design in December 2016, I was exploring the school and its courses etc in more detail, when I stumbled upon this ad by…

Design and Nature

“Order is Heaven’s first law”, a quote from Alexander Pope that I hold dear. Design to me is about creating specific order and organizing elements within it, which best accomplishes a task and establishes a framework for future improvements. Incidentally, this also almost coincides with Charles Eames definition of design – “Plan for arranging elements…

Designing Power Dynamics and Online Identities for Us

Cyborg, Justice League (2017) While reflecting on author Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto the first image that comes to my mind is that from Justice League. To me, its very interesting how the author uses the Cyborg as the metaphor to convey her view of feminism, equality and stepping away from ‘an identity’ but choosing a creature…

Algorithmic Democracy

The United States of America is reeling under the problem of Russian interference in their post-election scenario. They are indeed in the eye of a storm, but is it just the USA? I come from India and it’s been more than 3 years for the Modi Government. He was well acclaimed, popular and won his election…

As We May Think

All images in this post are taken from Trevor Smith Memex #001 ‘As We May Think’  was an article written by Dr. Vannevar Bush, published in 1945. He has written this in the pretext of the final months of World War II and the devastating bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by The United States of America. He…

Smart Cities, Networks and Biospheres

NBC News – Politics Why has climate change become more of a buzzword now than the past few decades? Is it because of the increase in the communication media technology that everyone is made known about it? Or is it because of the population explosion that has diminished the earth from vital resources? Apparently, I…

MetroPolarity: Against Empire

Voodoo Loa Cards by Ula Fish We all know that the world today runs on Einstein’s E=mc2 theory of energy to mass conversion. This is scientific, yes. However, as laypersons, do we ponder about the possibility that there can be more to this? Are we running the world with this, only because it’s the best-proven theory so far? Didn’t we once live…