April 24, 2015On Tuesday 21st April PR co-ordinator Hildemar Cruz and visiting PhD researcher Karen Munro presented a booth at Glendale Community College’s Earth Day Vendor Fair, part of GCC’s week-long Earth Day events.Lured in by the eye-catching images of Arcosanti and Cosanti (and the bowl of mini chocolates), the booth attracted the attention of both students and staff from the College, with Hildemar and Karen on hand to discuss how arcology proposes an alternative to the environmental concerns associated with urban planning, such as sprawl, pollution and segregation of people and services.Hildemar provided information on visiting both Arcosanti and Cosanti, the workshop program and the Arcosanti events program. The location of the event was particularly relevant to Arcosanti and Cosanti as GCC has on campus an open air amphitheatre designed by Paolo Soleri in 1996, and a few of the people who approached the booth recognised the architectural style of the apse on campus in the images on display.[photos and text by Hildemar and Karen]Additionally, Karen provided information on the new collaborative Master’s in Architecture and Ecology which will launch in October 2015, delivered between the University of Strathclyde Glasgow and Arcosanti. The Master’s in Architecture and Ecology will provide students with the unique opportunity to complete one semester of study in Glasgow before travelling to Arcosanti to work on a semester-long practical project addressing research needs of Arcosanti in the areas of architecture and engineering.More information on the new course can be found at Strathclyde University.
November 13, 2017Welcome to the November 12. 2017 workshop participants.from left: Karl Noonan, Joseph Brand, Rebecca Manhardt.[photo by Sue Kirsch]
Categories: Steven Johnson News Each Fourth of July, we celebrate America’s Declaration of Independence as we commemorate the anniversary of our country’s founding. This spirit of independence is something we should cherish and must preserve for our children.Just as our government is not beholden or dependent on another government for its sovereignty, we as individuals should not rely on federal, state and local governance. Our founding fathers envisioned a nation where citizens could pursue their dreams, seek their own happiness and accomplish their own goals, objectives and aspirations aside from government intrusion in their lives and interference in the marketplace.What they did not envision was a country of individuals dependent on government for their well-being. They did not envision a country of businesses lobbying state and federal governments for special privileges and immunities.Our founding fathers believed in the principles of freedom, entrepreneurship, individualism and independence. They believed the role of government in our lives should be very limited. The Constitution mandates that Congress shall meet “at least once in every year.” Our founding fathers would be astounded if they saw the extent government plays in our lives today.In honor of everything our founding fathers accomplished and stood for, I believe we should take a step back and look at where our country is today. What do we do right? What do we do wrong? What could we do better?How can we as a society ensure that our children grow up and live in a country more free, more prosperous and more independent than the one we live in today? We have been afforded great opportunities, with many things that are good and right in our nation but it seems that there are some areas of improvement that can be made. One of the biggest changes is demanding government take a step back, not be so involved in our lives and simply let us interact with our neighbors as we see fit. Government does not give us our freedom and independence, it is there to preserve and protect them.Unfortunately, we have a mindset of ‘ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you.’ Let’s change that mindset to what President John F. Kennedy envisioned, let’s be that free and independent country, let’s be a sovereign country, let’s demand freedom and equality in opportunity, let’s oppose corporate welfare and special handouts, and most importantly, let’s fight for independence! 29Jun Declaration of Independence op-ed
French broadcaster TF1 has tapped broadcast technology specialist Ionoco to provide Twitter integration for the NRJ Music Awards in France, generating 1.8 million Tweets around the show, which took place on Saturday evening.The Cannes event was by a giant screen that featured ive infographics on the digital activity created around the event such as trending hashtags, number of tweets and related images.Throughout the awards ceremony, presenter Nikos Aliagas read out a selection of the best tweets of the night. The most popular stars and performances in terms of number and quality of tweets also appeared on a giant leader board screen on stage.Ionoco’s system provides a web-based aggregation and moderation function that enables it to pull down Tweets related either to the awards show or the featured bands. These are then made available to be used in a range of feeds, which are pushed through to producer consoles for publishing to air.The Tweets are used live on set throughout the performances, fed through to LED screens featuring Tweet walls, live Tweets and leader boards. The latter automatically calculates the total number of Tweets posted for each band, along with the rate at which they are generated during the performances.“Our social-media tool has been used with great success on a number of primetime shows in the US, the Middle East and, now, Europe. It’s a massive honour to be asked to work with TF1 on a show as popular and prestigious as the NRJ Music Awards,” said Simon Ingram, CEO of Ionoco.“We believe this will be the first of many great television projects with Twitter at their heart.”