“The path isn’t a straight line; it’s a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.”
source: Barry H. Gillespie
When we learn something only once, we don’t really learn it- at least not well enough for it to change is much. It may inspire momentarily, but then becomes quickly overrun by the decades of habits and conditioning that preceded it.
Repeatedly bringing a truth to mind gives it an enduring, three-dimensional existence in your head by reaching you in every mood and every context, in every season, both at times when you’re enthusiastic about it, and when you’re tired of hearing it.
Knowledge is acquired when we succeed in fitting a new experience into the system of concepts based upon our old experiences. Understanding comes when we liberate ourselves from the old and so make possible a direct, unmediated contact with the new, the mystery, moment by moment, of our existence.
∆ Aldous Huxley, The Divine Within: Selected Writings on Enlightenment
Reading lists are aesthetic objects that both organise and produce knowledge. They are paths in, through, and between things. Sharing what we read, what we want to read, and what we think other people should read becomes a form of peer to peer education, the propagation of informal and personal canons. Reading lists become a kind of writing—a writing of reading.
More and more, reading lists are being used as tools for contesting established patterns in public thinking, but also, importantly, for publicly making sense of our current times. They are becoming almost like manifestos, or provocations for the future.
HyperReadings is a distributed archival infrastructure for writing, sharing, navigating and adapting ‘reading lists’. Where a ‘reading’ is anything that can be read, this includes texts, images, films, digital and non-digital objects.
As free and open source software, HyperReadings is being developed and maintained by Sean Dockray, Benjamin Forster and Public Office.
Carpets are rarely considered as integral to the architecture of a building. That is possibly a result of the preconceptions of modernist architecture, in which they were considered decoration, or merely flat elements on the floor, which in itself, as Keller Easterling recently noted, was not regarded as more than a plane on which to place walls and other vertical space-dividing elements. But I don’t suppose the priests of high-modernism, working on their pristine glass and concrete pavilions, ever anticipated the emergence of the deep spaces of hospitality—architectural types such as hotels, convention centers, and casinos (or the combination of which) that emerged with the advent of artificial lighting and air conditioning and bloated to such mammoth scales on the wings of advanced capitalism. In these buildings, which one can see beginning to appear in the 1970s, carpets do much more than decorate, and can be considered as strategic interventions that bring together optics, the psychology of perception, graphic design, and fiber technology to achieve various goals: from defining distinct programmatic areas to complementing the building’s architectural style, to sometimes camouflaging what needs to be hidden and disorienting those who need to be held captive and spend more dollars.
I have only one dream—this is my dream for society and what I dedicate my entire life to—which is that no one would ever have to pay for housing ever again, and that they would always have a high-quality and appropriate standard of housing, of whatever kind, and in whatever location they wanted, because I think removing the pressures of how you will be housed radically changes your entire relationship to what you do with your day. It changes how you relate to other people, and what you conceive of as your life and as the present.
...there’s an honesty in a home. I suppose you could say that a home really is about the person that’s in it, and them being honest with themselves.
The home is a psychological and emotional construct. It’s a very fragile relationship between people and objects in a space...