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Free Access to Mexico’s Soumaya Museum Comes at a Cost | This Big City
"This way of ‘making a city’ is the modern version of a gated community and segregation. As Mike Davis, in his article Fortress LA, points out: segregation is an indirect agreement between the high class & the planning norms—explicit or not. Of course, his case of study is LA where the divisions are different, but his point that gated communities are zones w/ a very low grade of permeability remains true.

It is important to note that socio-spatial segregation is the constitution of the territory based on the common feature of the society that occupied it. Also, that segregation can be positive when it is not related to urban problems, & negative when it is related to specific social problems. But let’s go back to the Soumaya, where I will place a paradox. Home to the second most important collection of Rodin’s work, w/ free entrance, facilities and services for different groups, can the Soumaya be considered a way to balance segregation, because everyone can access to it?"
soumayamuseum  mexico  mexicodf  carlosslim  losangeles  mikedavis  segregation  urbanvillages  gatedcommunities  permeability  socio-spacialsegregation  society  df  mexicocity 
september 2011 by robertogreco
Education Week: The Classroom Is Obsolete: It's Time for Something New
"The following is a fairly universal list of education design principles for tomorrow’s schools, though it would be tailored to the needs of particular communities: (1) personalized; (2) safe & secure; (3) inquiry-based; (4) student-directed; (5) collaborative; (6) interdisciplinary; (7) rigorous & hands-on; (8) embodying a culture of excellence & high expectations; (9) environmentally conscious; (10) offering strong connections to the local community & business; (11) globally networked; & (12) setting the stage for lifelong learning.

In designing a school for tomorrow, such underlying principles should drive the discussion…would allow us to address questions around how students should learn, where they should learn, & w/ whom should they learn. We may discover that we need teachers to work in teams…We may conclude that it makes no sense to break down the school day into fixed “periods,” & that state standards can be better met via interdisciplinary & real-world projects."
schooldesign  lcproject  tcsnmy  unschooling  deschooling  inquiry-basedlearning  studentdirected  personalization  handson  handsonlearning  environment  networkedlearning  community  communities  classrooms  porous  permeability  interdisciplinary  collaboration  collaborative  2011  prakashnair  classroom 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Dymaxion: Transnationality and Performance
"…I crossed an international border to install an app on my cellphone. That wasn't the nominal purpose of the trip, but if we step back from our understanding of internationalization & international copyright law, that interaction btwn border crossing & the performance of an effectively physical act is almost surreal. More surreal is possibility…that I could have simply traded my Icelandic SIM card for my US one &…effectively, virtually, performed that border crossing…

Like everyone else, my life is bound up mostly w/ those of some few hundred other people, & lived in a specificity of place mostly across some few square km. Unlike many other people, the future is rather more heavily salted into it, & that space is split over various countries. It is unclear if transnational culture or border performance will win, or how long a compromise of ever-increasing osmotic pressure can last. I dearly hope…immediate awareness of our ultimate interconnectedness will triumph regardless."
international  global  borders  simcards  law  copyright  interconnectedness  transnationalism  transnationality  porous  porosity  future  present  eleanorsaitta  bordertown  culture  permeability  osmosis  neo-nomads  nomads  ip  intellectualproperty  vpn  translation  history  serfdom  language  jacobapplebaum  moxiemarlinspike  us  cities  interconnected  interconnectivity 
july 2011 by robertogreco

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