Check out the comments on the first post to see a list of blogs that we have pulled up for your perusal. You should all have permissions to post your own response, here on our public blog.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

live chat that michael and brian set up


Making Planning Popular


A populist manifesto - blogs, scale of interest, engagement with the larger world.

What happened to the architectural manifesto?

Watch Craig Buckley's take on the manifesto from 00:11:53-00:15:37. I think his comments raise some relevant questions about the ways that manifestos are disseminated through various media.


Keep watching if you like for more thoughts on the manifesto...

( Manifestos try to make various types of claims. Claims about:
- history
- norms within the filed
- collective forms of identity )

but I think I'll defer to Richard and let him define the architectural manifesto for us.
humm... testing:   +-- over....

A personal journal

This assignment is really hard for me because my writing, my thought are supposed to be exposed to the world by using a blog. Someone see my writing and comment about them. My thought affects to someone and also feedback of the writing affects me with critique or agreement.

Differently with publish document, blog is a good media to publish something easily with notes, writing, manifesto, images, and movies. It is a 21c version of history book. I woke up at 4:00 a.m. in order to write something on a blog for an assignment. This moment also remains one page of my history on blog.

I thought that blog is personal magazine to collect information and knowledge about their interest. Most blogs have categories about their interest. After this thinking, I found the definition about blog.

A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log)[1] is a personal journal published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first. 

When I think about ‘a personal journal published on the world wide web’, blog is really a good source to represent about their own manifesto to architects. Architecture has to get critiques or agreements from other people including non-architects. There is no development without discussion or community in architecture. Blogs (not just blog, include social network such as twitter, facebook, google+, and so on) help to do it in real time.

This is not organized description about a blog. I just write my idea directly, not think about the logic of the writing or a grammar. This is the biggest benefit of the blog which means people can manifest their idea quickly as well as the biggest weak point that there has less philosophy and less organized thinking. 

Who the Hell is Natalie?

I do not follow blogs, but I accidentily got invited into this forum and felt like commenting as that's the true nature of a blog anyways - to interact, communicate, follow, etc. So I apologize if this posting is short, but you can see that I have remarked on a few other postings.

One element that I think has not been approached quite yet (in written form that is) is the ability to intertwine different media types into a blog that is so much different than the written manifesto. You may have noticed that I'm kind of anti-blog-as-the-new-manifesto - but the inclusion of media is one of the positive aspects of writing online. Videos, animated GIFs, large format images (that ideally do not ruin the formatting of the blog, thanks Bryan), or sound can be referenced within a written piece. Manifestos can be listened to, rather than read (thanks TED talks). For a manifesto that is largely describing the relationship between film and diagramming, an online forum would allow to make stronger connections by allowing the reader to play snippets of the film.

However - In general, architects need editors. This blog is great proof. I think that there is something greatly lost when presenting oneself solely in blog format in comparison to the written manifesto. Manifestos emphasize theory, a new understanding of a process or concept, something that is beyond just exhibiting images of past work. Color me old fashioned, but I think there's still value in the printed word, with emphasis on editing, layout, aesthetics - overall thought process. (A similar argument can be make regarding printed versus computer presentations for studio projects.)

While I find blogs and internet findings quite musing and even sometimes incredibly helpful, I am still super embarrassed to post a blog or internet website as a footnote to my research. Perhaps if I was writing about something that is incredibly new, I would maybe venture more into this gigantic pool, but it's because of this changing, untested nature that makes me suspect the integrity of the information that I find. On the otherhand, if the posting was more related to a theoretical thought on architecture - I'm still quite hestitate to reference a blog or website because of it's changing nature (though the date would be referenced in the footnote, it would be less powerful if it was retracted the next day due to previous inebriation).


I find the most interesting aspect of the architectural blog to be its relationship with time. Perhaps this is just because I’m coming off a string of all-nighters and no longer have any concept of the thing, but I digress. A blog has a unique relationship with time, and this seems to be the most notable thing setting it apart from traditional monigraphs and manifestos. Since a blog is typically written and published by an individual, it doesn’t have to pass through an editor first. This means that there is no lag time between the moment when an idea is created and written down, and the moment when that information is dispersed to a larger audience. Blog entries can be posted much more frequently as a result, enabling the author to cover a wider range of topics based on whatever seems interesting on that particular day. The blog becomes a never-ending book, with each post adding a new chapter to the blog’s growing history. As readers, this is exciting because we can’t predict exactly what will be covered in future blog posts; we’ll have to keep checking back to see. Although blogging is a more recent phenomenon, some of the blogs we’ve looked at today have been in action for almost 10 years, making for a great deal of history. The archives section of the blog then takes on a new meaning; it allows the reader to essentially travel back in time and uncover trends in the blogger’s changing interests and opinions.

The “tag” seems to be one of the most interesting ways that the relationship between blog and time is highlighted. As each new blog entry is posted, the author can assign it a tag based on what specific topics are covered in the entry. Readers can then click on any of the tags and access all of the blog entries about that topic, dating from the present all the way back to the creation of the blog. This is a more specific way of delving into the archives of a blog; by focusing the search on a specific topic, it becomes easier to observe trends and interests. Many blogs today feature a visual list of tags in the sidebar, where the tag headlines with more posts appear as larger than those tag headlines with fewer posts (example: Ron’s 85 posts about rammed earth indicate to me that he’s been interested in that topic for a long time, I think. http://www.eartharchitecture.org/index.php?/plugin/tag/rammed+earth).

So far I’ve only talked about time as it relates to the author, but some blogs go further and address both sides of time—the moment when the author creates a post, and also the moment(s) when the visitor reads the post. Liam Young’s blog is a really interesting example of this, since he categorizes all of his entries by how long it takes both to write and read them. His “Fast Thoughts” column is primarily announcements about upcoming events—it probably only took him a minute to post, just like it only takes us a minute to skim through and get the specific details. The “Slow Thoughts” column, in contrast, contains more in-depth musings that are more like essays and require thoughtful reading. This categorization of posts based on a temporal measure adds another element into the mix, because it introduces the notion of short-term time. Most blogs are organized by long-term time (i.e. Geoff Manaugh and Lebbeus Woods both divide their posts by what month they were written in), but Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today instead focuses on the reader’s notion of short-term time. We must now ask ourselves, “Do I have 5 minutes to read a Slow Thought, or do I only have 30 seconds to squeeze in a Fast Thought before running out the door?”

I only have time to squeeze in one more Fast Thought of my own before I fall asleep, so here we go: my favorite blogs are those that seem like a continuous stream of thought—almost as if the author is just talking directly to you, without any filter. These types of blogs often change direction in the middle of a post, just as a normal conversation does. The blog posts are therefore almost broken down into separate thought bubbles, and as you read the blog, you can feel yourself passing from one temporary moment of thought to the next.