Architects of the Near Future


quote from the post that captured my interest :

“Architectural projects, by definition, entail the reimagination of how humans might inhabit the earth – how they organize themselves spatially and give shape to their everyday lives”

Architecture defined simply as the pursuit of physically embodying new ways of living and shaping everyday experiences)  applies to what i do everyday. the real difference is that classical architecture does this with concrete materials and physical space, whereas i ply my trade in the virtual arena.

this is sometime a source of frustration – there is nothing more ethereal than the web….. but i need to constantly remind myself that im not simply building “services”, or even “tools” that people can leverage via mobile or computers.

what i need to remember that im in the game of  “the reimagination of how humans might inhabit the earth – how they organize themselves and give shape to their everyday lives “…. Its the shaping of virtual boundaries and connections, the definition of public and private places and the ability for us to share and connect within these spaces that is interesting and inspiring.

the trick is to work on services that really explore these notions, and i would argue that the more successful online services deal directly in defining these public and private spaces. facebook, flickr, twitter,, delicious – all carve out spaces for us to inhabit and share, and explore the boundaries between our private and public lives.

Like the best public space in the real world, people gather and crowd – to be seen but not always heard. A place that if you want to you can shout and be heard, or can sit down with a friend for a quite chat and watch the world go by.

if this is my medium, if this is where i express myself and create – then what lasting legacy will i leave. what space will i help create, what will outlive me and be inhabited by others for generations to come….

If one was to set out on creating a non commercial, shared space that aimed to enrich the relationships between individuals, foster and nurture real human relationships and develop a sence of community – then what would this space look like….  facebook, flickr, twitter,, delicious – they are a start. but i want more. i want a more artful, more critical space,  more focused on meaning, more ability to reflect and connect to my local community, and stay connected with my distributed set of old friends.

maybe i should just call my mum more often…

Or maybe i just want the ego boost of creating it 🙂

About Jason Furnell

design thinker . experience designer . lo-fi sketcher . workshop facilitator . visual thinker . diagrammer . agile believer . multidisciplinary collaborator . build sequencer . incrementing and iterating . architecting information . presenting and pitching . master of design (its a degree, not a self assigned title) . dyslexic . misspell-er of many many many things....
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