The second Situated Technologies pamphlet rolls

Aw, dig it: Matthew Fuller and Usman Haque’s Urban Versioning System 1.0 hits the streets, the second in the Architectural League’s series of Situated Technologies pamphlets.

I’m looking forward to it – to be blunderingly honest – with a mixture of delighted anticipation and dread. According to the League’s blurb, Versioning System

…asks the question: what lessons can architecture learn from software development, and more specifically, from the Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) movement? Written in the form of a quasi-license, Urban Versioning System 1.0 posits seven constraints that, if followed, will contribute to an open-source urbanism that radically challenges the conventional ways in which cities are constructed.

The dread comes from just knowing that Fuller and Haque are going to pre-capitulate, and in all probability state in far more concise a manner, a lot of the argument on open systems in my own book. This seems to be an occupational hazard for any would-be author of a book on urban computing in these verdant days of 2008. So it goes.

Anyway, that comes under the heading of My Problem and Not Yours. Go download the pamphlet now, or better yet, pick yrself up a hardcopy. What was ever cooler than a pamphlet?

One response to “The second Situated Technologies pamphlet rolls”

  1. J.D. Hollis says :

    I’m surprised no mention in the pamphlet was made of Christopher Alexander’s work in this area (http://www.livingneighborhoods.org). One example that immediately springs to mind is that Alexander has promoted the idea of the architect becoming the general contractor, giving the architect control over expenditures and execution of work to enable a highly iterative approach that can respond dynamically and directly to the environment and the evolving building. Alexander believes that responsive building systems aren’t enough—the relationships between banker, architect, contractor, client all need to be renegotiated to create an environment in which the building systems can actually do the work required of them.

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