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Floatables by Husman Haque- 2004

Mar 2009

Floatables is a project that questions the distinctions between “public” and “private” space.

Floatables proposes the introduction of jellyfish-like vessels that drift around cities to create temporary, ephemeral zones of privacy: an absence of phone calls, emails, sounds, smells and thermal patterns left behind by others. Through various electrical systems they are also able to prevent access of GPS devices, television broadcasts, wireless networks and other microwave emissions. Finally, by creating a “blurry barrier” and a ground-plane camouflage pattern, they provide shielding from the unembarrassed gaze of security cameras and surveillance satellites.

Floating around urban environments, in the tradition of architecture that tries to break free from the confines of gravity, the vessels provide fleeting moments of private visual space, auditory space and olfactory space — occupants can wander in at will when they happen to catch sight of one nearby. The spaces of absence created here are left to be filled with people’s own sounds, alpha-waves, smells and laughters. The vessels are powered mainly by sunlight and wind but
are supplemented by inducted electricity from mobile phones and 802.11 networks (in crowded spaces this amounts to several dozen Watts of unexpended power). Buoyancy is achieved by heating or cooling air in a
floatation sac, much like hot air balloons. The entire structure can collapse or expand as necessary to alter surface area in response to wind speed and altitude. The vessels have no particular destinations and drift like flotsam around the city. However, they must keep moving because to be discovered by the authorities means almost certain destruction.

It seems an interesting concept but hard to put in practice. Maybe too much stuff in the same “device”.

Motion Sensor for PhoneBooth

Mar 2009

Trying the figure it out which sensor is best for track people on the street. Playing with IR sensors, PIR and sonar. Going to take them to the park and test it around on the streets.The solution could be to use them together.


Hacking a Phone Handset to play Mp3

Mar 2009

Based on an article on Make Magazine vol.16.

1.Open the earpiece on the headset
2.Cut the wires and change the speaker ( the old speaker are not tuned for MP3)
3.Solder the 2 wires of the speaker
4.Find the terminal plug inside the phone itself. Is contains 4 wires ( 2 for the earpiece, 2 for the mouthpiece)
5. With a multimeter see which wires connects to the speaker and then mark each wire.
6. get an audio connector and solder those two wires to it. One is ground; other is left or right channel – choose one.
7. It’s done!! Now connect the audio plug to your Ipod and listen the sound into the handset






Sophie Calle in NY – 1994

Mar 2009


Calle asked writer friend Paul Auster for some pointers as to how to behave. His “Personal Instructions for Sophie Calle on How to Improve Life in New York City” read “Keep Smiling. Talk to Strangers. Give Food and Cigarettes to the Homeless. Appropriate a Public Space.” “I followed his instructions,” writes Calle. She took over a phone booth in lower Manhattan, decorating it with flowers, providing chairs, talking and smiling to passers-by, handing out sandwiches and cigarettes – and documenting her daily activities.

Have a seat by Caroline Woolard

Mar 2009

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“…reclaiming public space. It is a platform for a new vantage point on the street. As seating bolted to no parking signs in New York, Have a Seat offers rest and contemplation in transitional spaces.

In the city, the street should be a destination in itself. Many people use the street to get from one place to another, but it is an invaluable arena for immediate interaction. Instead of walking to a park or other zone calculated for relaxation, Have a Seat serves those people who want to pause amidst action for a direct perspective on the momentum of the city.

Have a Seat makes everyday environments strange, pushing for a moment to reevaluate the monotony of consistent routine…
Although disembodied conversations (Blackberry, cell phone, etc) and narrative accompaniment (iPods) inevitably insulate individuals from this reality, I hope that a symbol of rest amidst action allows some people to create immediate connection with the street. ”



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