RachelGuillot

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Guillot_Final Presentation

Final Review Presentation_Rachel Guillot

CAPS ˑ UL : A Mobile University

[Consortium of Academic Performative Stances ˑUniversidad Latinoamerica]

 

LatinAmerica, once a primarily rural region has become predominately urban due to population growth.  The agriculture dominated 2011 economy has been disrupted due to the urban expansion.  People once living on farmland have moved to the cities to find work.  These people inhabit the informal settlements where there is a lack of connection to transportation networks, services, and educational centers.

An increasing need for universities to communicate with the periphery in local urban networks has led to the creation of a consortium by the universities in Guatemala City that allows them to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and become moderators of a network based on informal knowledge and economies.

This consortium calls for an organism to be created that becomes the binding factor between universities and the city.  The new classroom typology prototype designed for 2048, the CAPSˑUL, is an extension of the universities and becomes the interface through which the periphery communicates.

 


Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Narrative Outline

Scenario/Narrative::

Local vs. Global

+Global information is critical to the creation of the local information.  An organism must be devised that accepts the global information and distributes it in conjunction with the local knowledge.

+Development of economy

+Local

Guatemala, once a primarily rural country has become predominately urban due to the population growth.  The agriculture dominated 2011 economy has been disrupted due to the urban expansion and those people once living on farmland have moved to the cities to find work.  These people move to the informal settlements where cost of living is at a minimum.  The informal settlements of Guatemala City expand and multiply.  There is a lack of connection through the use of transportation networks, services, and educational centers in the informal networks as well as an overwhelming amount of people so much so that information gets clogged in the system.

+Global

Increased interconnectivity and interdependence between cities and countries because of the decreased time for information, goods, and resources to be passed.  The reliance on natural resources is shifting.  It is a critical point where technology and research must change to accommodate alternative systems in order to maintain the world as it is in 2048.  Transnational corporations control the majority of sponsored research and do not support the alternative system thus independent research is essential.

Organism

+Parasitic: in terms of growth and its distribution networks as well as the way in which it feeds upon every area of the city’s inhabitants and economy

+Growth

+Apparatus

+Relationship between channel and apparatus

+Channel-Mobility

Transportation – public transit and travelers are informal

Pedestrian – informal travelers

+Modularity

Kit of parts?  Existent at nodes and as part of apparatus?

People help move the information by the available assembly of pieces.

Pieces can be composed to become vehicles of transportation?

+Nodes

Hierarchy of nodes?

Each node has a specialization

Time

+In 2048 the concept of time has a new norm.  Everything travels at a much faster pace, information, people, goods, services.  Not only is everything produced faster but everyone demands faster results.  Global information can be obtained at near instantaneous rates and local information has a hard time competing.


Thursday, October 28th, 2010

21st Century Scholar

http://21stcenturyscholar.org/

DECLINE OF THE  CULTURE OF TEACHING PART 1 + 2

“I think a lot about the culture of organizations and what I experience today is a de-valuing of teaching – that we are all replaceable parts.  If we standardize the curriculum and all teach to the same syllabus then we will have greater efficiencies.  Maybe so.  But I wish we were not talking about greater efficiencies and instead talking about how to make our students better writers and in doing so, better thinkers.  So it goes……….”-Bill Tierney

TEACHING STUDENTS THE PROCESS OF HIGHER EDUCATION APPLICATION AND SURVIVAL

Pathfinder’s Progress •October 22, 2010

WEB BROWSWER DIFFERENCES: WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN OUR DAILY LIFE

The main differences amid browsers revolve around three primary issues:

(1) SPEED. Although Firefox takes the longest to load, its average navigation time is the fastest by nearly .6 seconds. Depending on how much time you spend surfing the internet, that can really add up. Let’s suppose you visit on average 70 web pages a week (most of us visit more). A Firefox user might spend two hours less per year visiting the same sites as a Safari user.

(2) FEATURES. Features are the little details that come in handy in a pinch. History, tabs, frequently visited sites, automatic updates, password manager, synchronization, zoom, even spell check. These are the extras that improve (or impede) your experience surfing the web.

(3) LAYOUT. Where the functions are located is a matter of personal preference. All the browsers have customizable features to a certain extent, but basic arrangement templates vary.

UNMAKING THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY

TAKING DOWN THE IVORY TOWERS: A NEW ROLE FOR UNIVERSITIES

Randy Clemens

“The difference now, perhaps, is that the walls between university and community are crumbling. The involvement of university partners in the Promise Neighborhoods initiative is one such example. Academic freedom remains critical, but the professor is one of many engaged in a dialogue about the good of a community. Knowledge production, ceded to multiple stakeholders, is more applied and more egalitarian.”

“[Micheal] Burawoy concludes, “We are arriving, therefore, at a new vision of the public university, one that is publicly accountable, that engages with publics rather than simply with itself. This does not preclude relations with business or the development of incentive structure but subjects them to open discussion, a discussion that includes all the stakeholders, a discussion that recognizes the tradeoffs at stake!” We are, indeed, entering a new age for the university. Public and private partnerships as well as innovative ventures are on the rise. Hopefully, open dialogue will occur during all of these initiatives so that multiple parties within and without the university can work to socially construct a better society.”

GLOBAL RIGHTS: [INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS]



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