Category Archives: open source

interacting with information

“There’s a clear direction … away from people thinking, ‘This is my PC, this is my hard drive,’ to ‘This is how I interact with information, this is how I interact with the web.’” Occasionally you come across a quote … Continue reading

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a smart eco house that daydreams?

Following recent communication with Adam Somlai-Fischer at Zuiprezi, who I hope can get to talk at the be2camp event in October, I took a look at the Reconfigurable House, a concept environment developed by Adam constructed from thousands of low … Continue reading

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out breeam’d ?

The UK Green Building Council has promised an open source sustainability code, to help address the confusion arising from the myriad of different green building standards with a new Code for Sustainable Buildings, joining in the debate / tussle between … Continue reading

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2008 KPI’s

Constructing Excellence issue 2008 KPI data The latest UK Construction Industry KPI data is now available interactive and on-line at KPIzone ( Supported by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), KPIzone contains over 700 graphs and charts, … Continue reading

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wikitecture wins international open source competition

A web2 collaborative project I have been following through second life and wiki architecture has been the open source architecture design competition via Open Architecture Network. Delighted then to receive the following good news alert from Ryan at Wikitecture: Wikitecture … Continue reading

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wanted … eco home builder

I have for a while now been exploring Second Life’s contribution to the built environment – on themes of collaboration, education and usability. One of these ideas is to create a UK Level 6 Eco Home within second life to … Continue reading

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meeting tomorrows needs?

Alex Steffen over at Worldchanging posts an interesting comment on the future usability, flexibility and appropriateness of facilities designed by ego -starchitects.   Alex calls for : An open architecture, an architecture which asks a question of the future — how … Continue reading

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