Category Archives: Online Culture

Online Libraries

Think it’s impossible to find free books online? Think again. There are tons of online libraries that provide fiction, nonfiction and reference books at no charge. Here is a list of the best 25 places to read free books online.

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Open Source White House Redux

Digital Urban is reporting on White House Redux, a collaborative architecture project that seeks to collectively redesign the White House in Washington, D.C.

From the project websiteAnalogously, the concept of Source Code is readily found in the everyday practice of architecture in forms of drawings, agendas, documentations, ideas, specifications, and material libraries. However, none of the above, with the seldom exception of ‘ideas’, are freely redistributable, publicized, or allow for criticism and input akin to what an open-source model offers. The architectural practice, today, is skewed towards personal benefit and gratification of individual architects. Thus, the laws protect creative property, on one hand, but are constricting and oppose collaborative creativity that could contribute more rapidly to architectural theory and practice.

Read about another collaborative architecture project taking place in Second Life here and here.

And for more, see the Open Architecture Network as well as the Library Design Wiki.

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The Library Café

The Library Café is a weekly program of table talk with scholars, artists, publishers and librarians about books, ideas, and the formation and circulation of knowledge. It is hosted by Thomas Hill, and can be heard on WVKR FM 91.3 Tuesday afternoons between 12:00 Noon and 1:00 p.m. ET (16.00-17.00 GMT) during the academic year.

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New YUAG Podcast

The Gallery’s Art Podcast, which successfully debuted in 2007, continues this spring with a series called “Art Talk.” Hosted by Yale undergraduate Christina Pryor, Art Talk episodes feature five- to fifteen-minute informal discussions about art.

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A Sound Response: Art and Music
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Following in the footsteps of Alvin Lucier (please see the episode “LeWitt and Lucier”), the student music group IGIGI performed compositions in response to artworks at the Gallery. In this episode, Christina speaks with three of the participants about their music and chosen works: a painting by Richard Diebenkorn, an ancient lion relief, and the monumental “Stacks” by Richard Serra.

The Wikipedia Debate

You don’t have to think it’s destroying our culture or that it’s igniting a cultural renaissance to understand that Wikipedia represents a major shift in how information is created and stored. Some opposing views:

Wikipedia and the New Curriculum David Parry Science Progress 2/11/08

The Great Seduction: Cult of the Amateur Andrew Keen 10/15/06

What to Do With Wikipedia William Badke Information Today, Inc. 3/27/08

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Sloan Foundation to Give Wikipedia $3M

“Doron Weber, a Sloan Foundation representative, said in a statement that Wikipedia ‘represents a quantum leap’ in the collection and organization of knowledge.”

Sloan Foundation to Give Wikipedia $3M Brian Bergstein AP 3/26/08

Read a press release about the president of the Sloan foundation, Paul L. Joskow’s, recent appointment as a trustee to the Yale Corporation, here.

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New visualization engine for architects

This new architectural visualization engine by Softmirage is super impressive.

Check out many more demo reels at the Digital Urban Blog. And see older engines here and here.

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