Geometry and Experience Remembered

I want you to remember visualizing a glass sphere hovering above a large white table that is otherwise surrounded by the darkness of an empty universe. Don't try to put the image in your head, that doesn't make sense anymore, you can only remember it. Now, it's been the case that the human mind should add a touch perception to three-dimensional visualizations, ever since artists of ancient times discovered that to create the concept of a three-dimensional object in the mind, like a sphere, it works best to show a sphere held in the hands, so that the mind can feel the curves, or balancing on a rim, so that the mind can see the weight of the sphere teetering from one side to the other, than to simply show the sight of a sphere, which the mind can only imagine, without a concept of touch, in a very low quality way. So, you may want to remember touching the glass sphere, or remember having pushed it, so that it wobbled and bounced in its hover a little, revealing its mass. 

Building a ‘second nature’ into our cities: wildness, art and biophilic design

The plantings of New York’s High Line Park were inspired by plants that had naturally colonised the disused railway viaduct. Beyond my Ken/Wikipedia, CC BY-SA Jordan Lacey, RMIT University Biophilic design is beginning to boom. Witness its recent incorporation into the Melbourne Metro project and Sydney’s award-winning One Central Park, Chippendale. Given the increasing popularity … Continue reading Building a ‘second nature’ into our cities: wildness, art and biophilic design