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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Scalable City

 
     

It’s a variation of the man who came to dinner and stayed. Professor Sheldon Brown’s Scalable City generated so much excitement when it was featured at the Ars Electronica Festival, in Linz, Austria, in July 2005 that the internationally known Ars Electronica Museum kept it on display for a full year.

With Scalable City, Brown and his team of designers and engineers, created a set of projects exploring algorithmic approaches to urban design. The installation involves animation, immersion, interactivity and visualization to explore a dynamic landscape. “The goal of this project is to get people to move into a more self-aware way of participating in the environment,” says Brown.

The techniques they developed show how work previously requiring dozens of specialists can be achieved by a small group with an advanced understanding of the creative process.

Brown, a USCD visual arts professor, is also director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) and head of New Media Arts for the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (Calit2) at UCSD.

Contributors to Making Waves: Mario Aguilera, '89, Marnette Federis, '06, Beverly Gallagher, '98, Raymond Hardie and Inga Kiderra.

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"The goal of this project is to get people to move into a more self-aware way of participating in the environment."