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LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS… and Los Angeles and Reyner Banham

LEARNING FROM LAS VEGAS… and Los Angeles and Reyner Banham Whiteley, Nigel ABSTRACT The influential British architectural historian and theorist Reyner Banham (1922-1988) belonged to the same generation as Robert Venturi (b.1925) and Denise Scott Brown (b.1931) and shared many of their architectural values. This essay shows the great similarities of value and outlook in […]

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“DOING IT DEADPAN” Venturi, Scott Brown and Izenour’s Learning from Las Vegas

“DOING IT DEADPAN” Venturi, Scott Brown and Izenour’s Learning from Las Vegas Golec, Michael ABSTRACT Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour’s Learning from Las Vegas (1972) – a collection of the architects’ studies of the Las Vegas Strip, a segment of U.S. Route 91 -is packed with information graphics. The designer Muriel Cooper […]

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Toilet signage as effective communication

Toilet signage as effective communication Ciochetto, Lynne The need for clear cross-cultural signage is related to increasing international business, recreational travel as well as significant world events like the Olympics. Using toilet signage as the occasion for examining cultural diversity and similarity, the author takes an historical approach to sanitary habits, contextualizing cultural habit and […]

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Experimental poetics based on sound poetry today

Experimental poetics based on sound poetry today Menezes, Phildelpho After providing three “anti-definitions” which locate sound poetry by specifying what it is not, a new term is introduced, “intersign.” Intersign poetry does not priviledge sound, but focuses on new integrative sound-vision presented by technology through digital means. Technology-based poetry is traced to French experiments in […]

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Games AS art: The Aesthetics of Play

Games AS art: The Aesthetics of Play Pearce, Celia Abstract Connections between Fluxus indeterminacy, collaboration and open-endedness are connected to contemporary game art and its creative and sometimes subversive moves. Beginning with Marcel Duchamp’s interest in games and continuing to John Cage’s interest in chance operations along with various Fluxus artist’s conceptions, the author moves […]

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Multi-level Document Visualization

Multi-level Document Visualization Ruecker, Stan Abstract This paper describes a prototype system that allows readers to view an electronic text in multiple simultaneous views, providing insight at several different levels of granularity, including a reading view. This prospect display is combined with a number of tools for manipulating the text, for example by highlighting sections […]

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Methodology for uncovering motion affordance in interactive media

Methodology for uncovering motion affordance in interactive media Jeamsinkul, Chujit INTERACTIVE MEDIA allows the user to have control over navigation and interactivity with the information. The nature of interactive media is dynamic and changes through time. To support this dynamic change, knowledge of how to communicate information effficiently beyond static representation needs exploration. Motion is […]

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Multi-level Document Visualization

Multi-level Document Visualization Ruecker, Stan Abstract This paper describes a prototype system that allows readers to view an electronic text in multiple simultaneous views, providing insight at several different levels of granularity, including a reading view. This prospect display is combined with a number of tools for manipulating the text, for example by highlighting sections […]

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Ancestor of the West. Writing, reasoning, and religion in Mesopotamia, Elam, and Greece

Ancestor of the West. Writing, reasoning, and religion in Mesopotamia, Elam, and Greece Justus, Carol F Abstract This small, elegantly written book, offers three distinct perspectives on civilization as it emerged in the more familiar ancient Greek tradition from antecedents in the Ancient Near East. Bott6ro’s “Religion and Reasoning in Mesopotamia” (Part 1:3-66) outline themes […]

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SUBVERTING A CARIBBEAN ‘NATURAL’ HISTORY

SUBVERTING A CARIBBEAN ‘NATURAL’ HISTORY Gardner, Joscelyn … unsettling brittle pages from the past… probing between stiff lines of official text to divulge unspeakable narratives concealed within… liberating ghostly traces of Creole women whose lives have been reduced to mere footnotes in the recording of an oppressive colonial plantation history… Using illustrated publications, prints and […]