Interview with Dr. Nikos Salingaros, professor of mathematics, urbanist and architectural theorist at the University of Texas, San Antonio by Michael Doyle, PhD, postdoctoral research (LEURE/EPFL | ATTP/TUWien). When Dario and I first extended the invitation to Nikos Salingaros, a professor of mathematics, urbanist and architectural theorist at the University of Texas, San Antonio, who has written extensively on architecture and urbanism, to give a keynote at the colloquium, we were specifically interested in his work on geometrical understandings of the relationships between people and the environment. Dr. ...

Urbanity, Scientific Inquiry and Architecture (A Conversation with Nikos Salingaros)

Agency/Agents of Urbanity

In this Issue of Contour, we had the intention of addressing urbanity by approaching it from one of the most enduring preoccupations of research in human and social sciences—agency. Agency, expressing the capacity to act, is a key concept in understanding urbanity in its problematization of the relation between humans and non-human agents and material and immaterial constraints. Urbanity is an elusive quality of an urban place. It can be found in an Alpine town and yet be absent from a large American city. It is neither determined by building density, population density nor good design. Urbanity is a quality ...

Agency/Agents of Urbanity: Introduction and ToC

Agency/Agents of Urbanity

Michael R. Doyle, Laboratory for Environmental and Urban Economics (LEURE), EPFL For the special call ...

What do we touch when we visualize data?

Dossier

In the fall of 2014, Contour released a call for visual presentations of data among PhD students of the EPFL and international participants of the Laboratory Basel’s 2014 colloquium Intercultural Dimensions of Territory. The call was also open to interested contributors from other institutions. After receiving 17 submissions, we are pleased to release these images to the public, with the original short text that accompanied them. Following reception and acceptance of the images, we decided to ask the authors to reflect upon the following questions: How does this visualization help you to understand and analyze ...

Visual(izing) Data

Dossier

Urbanity is an elusive quality of an urban place.  It can be found in an Alpine town and yet be absent from a large American city.  It is neither determined by building density, population density nor good design.  Urbanity is a quality that emerges from a combination of elements that is greater than its parts.  Nothing that contributes to its presence seems to do so intentionally.  The failure of many attempts to artificially create urbanity suggests it will remain just out of reach.  It is both physical and social, manifest and ephemeral—it cannot be fabricated. Or can it?  A contemporary ...

Agency/Agents of Urbanity Colloquium

Previous Calls

CALL FOR IMAGES   In order to explore the possibilities of non-verbal communication in research, Contour Journal asks for submissions for an editorial on visual(izing) data.  Please send us your images, diagrams, graphs or plots with a short, 100 word description or caption that describes the content of the image.  We are not seeking comprehensive results, conventional bar graphs, or default matlab/excel plots  – but rather – we are searching for images that communicate complex information in a bold, novel, and evocative way. Format:  300 dpi (jpeg, tiff, png, or pdf) Deadline: December ...

Visual(izing) Data

Previous Calls

The vast landscape of ideas that researchers from architecture and urban planning traverse during their doctoral studies can make many regret the distance they see growing between their everyday research activities and design. This distance can create a fear that the research conducted in the tower of the university will turn out to be irrelevant to practice—that the forays into the foreign territory of related social and natural sciences provide no path of return. Yet, the design process itself is rich with such intellectual meandering. The challenge is perhaps to make research meaningful for the action ...

Straddling the Contour: Designing Research to Inform Design

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