Sunday, July 18, 2004

My experience at the recent Street Talk; An urban computer happening at Berkeley supports a supposition of taxonomic perplexity. Architects talked like social scientists, developers sounded like artists, designers like researchers and I could even understand what computer scientists were on about. The group of 70 participants and presenters shared a passion and at most times a language for experimental location based applications whilst still being able to provide critiques and challenges from specific perspectives. It felt like it moved beyond interdisciplinary or even transdisciplinary collaboration to something far more individually integrated. As if you cannot work in this area without opening yourself to the relevancy of wider disciplinary consideration. There was a call for even more blurring between the urban, social and computer sciences particularly in this area of research. Why? To actually try to improve everyday life rather than just focus on the coolest and newest applications designed for a select tech advanced audience.