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2012-04-20

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As internet evolves and new medium for sharing information is available PLX.box the weblog directory from Perplexa! comes to an end.

This research effort has the purpose to serve as a continuous mindset for the cutting edge of different matters as well to hunt perceptive findings in-between the weblog posts.

The more than 880 entries framing issues like Architecture, Art, Books, Design, Science and Technology will remain online.

Perplexa! will continue its operational behaviour to chart the ubiquitous now. For further enquiries e-mail us at: info@perplexa.org  

2012-03-25

Science_168

Entry: Planet
Focus: Club of Rome


The Club of Rome was founded in 1968 as an informal association of independent leading personalities from politics, business and science, men and women who are long-term thinkers interested in contributing in a systemic interdisciplinary and holistic manner to a better world. The Club of Rome members share a common concern for the future of humanity and the planet.
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http://www.clubofrome.org/

2012-03-04

Art_150

Entry: Improvised Talks
Focus: WWW Conference


WWW will be a gathering of the greatest, most interesting and curious minds in the world engaged in immersive and improvised conversation. It will celebrate the 21st century while drawing attention to the new patterns and convergences affecting our health and that of our planet.
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http://www.thewwwconference.com/

2012-02-19

Technology_163

Entry: Digital Tools
Focus: Autodesk Labs


Autodesk Labs is home to innovative new technologies and collaborative development. Its mission is to involve you, the customer, in the progress of design technology solutions.
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http://labs.autodesk.com/

2012-02-04

Architecture_152

Entry: Environmental Intelligence
Focus: Smartgeometry 2012



The Smartgeometry community is built on an annual workshops and an international conference as modern design has progressed and the tools and techniques have matured, the Smartgeometry Group has emerged as a forum where the new critical language of digital architecture can be formed.
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http://smartgeometry.org/

2012-01-21

Technology_162

Entry: Smart Facades
Focus: The Art of Planning


Smart Interfaçades Congress is the international facades congress which takes place under the new architecture-events called The Art of Planning in which internationally known architects offices will present current new facade design trends, spectacular facade solutions, new facade technologies and discuss with researchers and engineers the future of intelligent adaptive building facades.
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http://www.art-of-planning.de/

2011-12-31

Science_167

Entry: Anatomy Atlas
Focus: Visible Body


The Visible Body is the most comprehensive human anatomy visualization tool available today. This entirely Web-delivered application offers an unparalleled understanding of human anatomy. The Visible Body includes 3D models of over 1,700 anatomical structures, including all major organs and systems of the human body.
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http://www.visiblebody.com/

Book_75

Entry: Experimental Architecture
Focus: Dynamics & De-realisation


The collection of architectural design projects included provides an overview of philosophical theories that focus on what appears to be real, presenting a range of methodologies and a set of tools for addressing this discourse. Incorporating the ontological potential of space into a design process and part of a set of design criteria will help develop an understanding of the conditions under which forms and design criteria are generated.
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http://www.springerarchitektur.at/produktkatalog/architektur-design/dynamics-de-realisation/

2011-12-04

Technology_161

Entry: Energy Adaptative
Focus: ReVolt House


TU Delft team ReVolt House is currently designing and will build a sustainable prototypical home which is entirely powered by solar energy. The house will be shown, tested and judged at the Solar Decathlon 2012 event in Madrid, which is the world championship for solar, sustainable homes.
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http://www.revolthouse.com/

2011-10-02

Technology_160

Entry: Educational
Focus: Sustainability Workshop


Sustainability Workshop offers free online resources that teach the principles and practice of sustainability in engineering and design. This site was created to help educators teach and students learn the broader context and importance of sustainability in the engineering and architecture profession.
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http://sustainabilityworkshop.autodesk.com/

2011-09-17

Architecture_150

Entry: Sustainable Technologies
Focus: SuAT


SuAT research focuses on new approaches for the design, planning and operation of buildings as dynamic systems. The motivation and aim of this research is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings and increase the efficiency of energy and resource use in the built environment. The research is based on the identification and integration of advanced technologies from the fields of building services, information and communication.
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http://www.suat.arch.ethz.ch/en/

2011-08-28

Science_166

Entry: Forecast
Focus: Institute for the Future


The Institute for the Future is an independent nonprofit research group, working with organizations of all kinds to help them make better, more informed decisions about the future and providing the foresight to create insights that lead to action.
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http://www.iftf.org/

2011-08-22

Design_96

Entry: Network Design
Focus: Dreamhamar



Dreamhamar is a network design process led by Ecosistema Urbano in order to design the Stortorget Square in Hamar, Norway. Using network design, dreamhamar is offering a creative and innovative way for conceptualizing the city’s new main square by using 21st century tools, such as information technologies, on-line and on-site workshops and network-learning dynamics.
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http://dreamhamar.org/

2011-08-15

Technology_159

Entry: Sustainability
Focus: Open House


The overall objective of Open House is to develop and to implement a common European transparent building assessment methodology, complementing the existing ones, for planning and constructing sustainable buildings by means of an open approach and technical platform.
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http://www.openhouse-fp7.eu/

2011-08-07

Art_149

Entry: Convergence
Focus: Plattern-Completion



Pattern Completion brings together artist Michaela Nettell, sound designer Tom Simmons and neuroscientist Dr Hugo Spiers to create an installation exploring ways in which networks of brain cells recall memories.
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http://www.pattern-completion.net/

2011-07-16

Architecture_149

Entry: Platform
Focus: Wonderland


Wonderland is a Vienna based network for for young Europe-oriented architecture practices aiming experience, information and knowledge exchange, which continuously initiates collaboration projects with international teams to foster inter-European exchange, organises Project Spaces, Blind Dates and symposia, conducts research on current challenges and approaches in the field of architecture as well as urban planning and shares results with members and the public by means of exhibitions and publications.
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http://www.wonderland.cx/

2011-07-09

Technology_158

Entry: Society vs. Innovation
Focus: Techonomy



Techonomy is about the centrality of technology to business and social progress and the urgency of embracing the rapid pace of change brought by technology. Every major issue going forward will be affected by how it intersects with tech innovation. We believe the relevance of leaders depends on understanding and keeping this conviction at the forefront of their thinking.
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http://www.techonomy.com/

2011-06-25

Architecture_148

Entry: Symposium
Focus: proto-e-co-logics



The symposium will tease out speculative directions for architecture that move beyond innocent and reductive approaches to ecology as in notions of “sustainability” and “green”. Recent tendencies in architecture take a unique point of view, with aesthetically novel and unnatural sensibilities emerging from a close scrutiny and study of apparently natural systems. These speculative tendencies are being driven by mathematical and computational abstractions that transform the way we understand the matter-information relationship.
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http://proto-e-co-logics.com/

2011-06-19

Technology_157

Entry: Network
Focus: SMART


SMART Solutions Network is a social media site for anyone interested in the latest computational technologies to solve complex architectural, planning, engineering, and fabrication problems.
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http://www.smart-solutions-network.com/

2011-06-12

Architecture_147

Entry: Exploratory
Focus: suckerPUNCH



We are inundated by images everyday which wear us down with their hopeless nostalgia repackaged as new, weary of quirk and whimsy but still in need of a laugh and a stiff drink, we need to confront that which claims to be contemporary in an attempt to define the present.
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http://www.suckerpunchdaily.com/

Book_74

Entry: Microcosm
Focus: A Planet of Viruses



Viruses are the smallest living things known to science, and yet they hold the entire planet in their sway. We’re most familiar with the viruses that give us colds or the flu, but viruses also cause a vast range of other diseases, including one disorder that makes people sprout branch-like growths as if they were trees. Viruses have been a part of our lives for so long, in fact, that we are actually part virus: the human genome contains more DNA from viruses than our own genes. Meanwhile, scientists are discovering viruses everywhere they look: in the soil, in the ocean, even in deep caves miles underground.
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http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo11461703.html

2011-06-04

Technology_156

Entry: News and Information
Focus: Next Big Future



Breaking news of disruptive technology and science that can majorly impact the future course of civilization. Answer for - What matters? What is the sequence?
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http://nextbigfuture.com/

2011-05-22

Science_165

Entry: Future
Focus: International Institute of Forecasters


The International Institute of Forecasters, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to developing and furthering the generation, distribution, and use of knowledge on forecasting through the following objectives: Develop and unify forecasting as a multidisciplinary field of research drawing on management, behavioral sciences, social sciences, engineering, and other fields; Contribute to the professional development of analysts, managers, and policy makers with responsibilities for making and using forecasts in business and government; Bridge the gap between theory and practice, with practice helping to set the research agenda and research providing useful results; Bring together decision makers, forecasters, and researchers from all nations to improve the quality and usefulness of forecasting.
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http://www.forecasters.org/

2011-05-15

Architecture_146

Entry: Green
Focus: Eco-Structure



Eco-Structure delivers a wealth of practical information and real-world examples of green building. Explore the digital edition of Eco-Structure. Enjoy online the same format as the print magazine. It's quickly accessible, and easy to use.
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http://www.eco-structure.com/

2011-05-01

Art_148

Entry: Networks and Robotics
Focus: Abstract Machine


Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Douglas Edric Stanley has since emigrated to France where he has been working for the last decade as artist, theoretician and researcher in Paris, Geneva and Aix-en-Provence. He is currently Professor of Digital Arts at the Aix-en-Provence School of Art where he teaches programming, interactivity, networks and robotics, and runs the Atelier Hypermédia, an atelier dedicated to the exploration of algorithms and code as artistic materials.
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http://www.abstractmachine.net/

Book_73

Entry: Nature Patterns
Focus: Flow


Of great interest to general readers of popular science, for its accessible and broad-ranging introduction to topics like self-organization, emergence, and complexity. Also people interested in natural history, looking for an explanation of the science behind many of the incredible forms to be found in nature. The book cuts across the boundaries of many disciplines - physics, chemistry, biology, engineering - and will be of interest to students and professionals in those areas. The theme of forms, shapes, and 'natural creativity' will also be of interest to artists and architects.
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http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199604876.do

2011-04-17

Architecture_145

Entry: Nature vs Technology
Focus: NEAR


The Network for Emerging Architectural Research is a new research initiative in Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) at The Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Intended to be an entirely new platform for experimentation in architecture and urban design, NEAR seeks to expand beyond the traditional limitations of academic research and establish a space for experimentation and development in-between academia, industries, and public institutions.
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http://www.nearpratt.net/

2011-04-09

Science_164

Entry: Frontier Research
Focus: European Research Council



The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research. Its main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The scientists are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines.
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http://erc.europa.eu/

2011-04-03

Technology_155

Entry: Net TV
Focus: FORA


FORA.tv is the leading online destination for intelligent video programs on the people, issues, and ideas changing the world, with paid-membership, and fee-based video viewing of live events, lectures, and debates to a smart, deeply-engaged audience.
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http://fora.tv/

2011-03-20

Science_163

Entry: Sustainability
Focus: Forum for the Future



Most organisations now recognise that global challenges like climate change, food and energy security and population growth will mean big changes for the way they operate. Forum for the Future’s role is to help them find their way to a sustainable and successful future.
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http://www.forumforthefuture.org/

Book_72

Entry: Visual History
Focus: Human Anatomy



Lavishly illustrated book chronicles the remarkable history of anatomical illustration. Before the invention of photography, artists played an essential role in medical science, recording human anatomy in startlingly direct and often moving images. Over 400 years, beginning with Vesalius, they charted the main systems of the body, made precise studies of living organs, documented embryonic development, and described pathologies.
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http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Human_Anatomy-9780810997981.html

2011-03-06

Architecture_144

Entry: 20 Years and Beyond
Focus: Buildings Futures



Building Futures aims to address the big picture. How and where will we be living in 50 or 100 years’ time, when the climate has changed and cities are bigger than ever? What technologies will architects be using to design buildings and what new materials will they be specifying? How will the inevitable new technologies affect the buildings we all use every day?
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http://www.buildingfutures.org.uk/

2011-02-27

Science_162

Entry: Sustainable World
Focus: Worldwatch Institute



Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. Worldwatch focuses on the 21st-century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating solid data and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.
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http://www.worldwatch.org/

Art_147

Entry: Studio
Focus: Ecole


Ecole is a multi-disciplinary studio whose scope of work spans from architecture to artistic direction, from industrial design to graphic design. This website contains a portfolio of our commissioned work and other internally initiated research projects, and a Classics section which comprises an image bank of works we look at frequently.
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http://www.e-c-o-l-e.com/

2011-02-12

Architecture_143

Entry: The Next Normal
Focus: Architect Magazine



What's Next for Architecture? The Next Normal, A collaboration with Bruce Mau Design. Essays by Kermit Baker, Paul Nakazawa, and Kiel Moe; Interviews with Michael Graves, Andrés Duany, and others; BIM, ROI, and much more.
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http://www.architectmagazine.com/the-next-normal.aspx