** Please note that this event will be on UofT Campus, in Robarts Library, First Floor**
DETZ Space Cluster Project [Mary Lou Lobsinger, Matthew Allen with Kaz Tei, Victor Lui, Martha Hui]
This project brings together several areas of research already underway and moves the two strands into a third, more experimental domain. One of the original strands has to do with the postwar development of University of Toronto’s building program (various architecture projects) in conjunction with changes in pedagogy and technology (Lobsinger). The other area has to do with the current planning and acquisition of real estate for future expansion of U of T’s “west campus” (Allen). The third thing is the making of a short video on particular spaces of the university. We started with a grand concept (political critique, private/public space etc.) and now are trying to figure out how to make a short, not too naïve, video. We are absolute novices in working with moving images. The video will be comprised of stills and drawings from the archives, current new footage, and a 3-D model that Matthew Allen has prepared for a very differently oriented study of the university.
After a quick assessment of archival materials that the undergraduate work-study students found at the Robarts Library and at the City of Toronto Archives we have decided to focus on past and present plans for the development of Huron Street. Work-study students have also found film materials prepared for television broadcast and promotional purposes.
Our project fits into the larger DETZ grant via notions of “materialization of digital media,” the theme of collaboration, experimentation with procedural logic, issues of expertise, the mechanical versus the perceptual and cognitive, for example.
** Please note that this event will be on UofT Campus, in Robarts Library, 130 st george, First Floor**
Idea Jams - Come roll up your (brain) sleeves
If you have an idea that you need help with, come pitch it at our bi-monthly events. This is no Dragon’s Den or Shark Tank! Idea Jams are informal get-togethers with just enough structure to make sure that you get something of value out of coming.
You bring your ideas (vaguely related to the Internet of Things), we provide the "secret sauce" (along with beer and snacks!)
Need some help with an idea? Together we'll figure out how to make your ideas concrete and possibly help you find the labour and resources you need. Each individual segments of the idea jam is about 50 minutes. You have 10-15 minutes to present your idea to all jammers and explain current challenges/problems. Jammers then break down into small groups and brainstorm solutions for 20 minutes, using our handy "writables" (writeable tables...). Jammers then report back to the group in the last 15 minutes. We hope to have 2 presenters at each Idea Jam event.
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Intellectual Property & Collaboration Policy
By attending you agree that all ideas discussed in reference to the presenter’s project during the individual segments of the Idea Jam become the property of the presenter. This is a pay-it-forward event. If during the event you have an idea that you want to develop on your own, keep it to yourself.
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.
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