serve city / bauhaus kolleg III / 2nd trimester
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COMMUNICATION, COMMUNITY, COMMON SENSE
Do individual gains of conveniences and action options diminish or even make dispensable the significance of community for the individual? Over and over again this was discussed, if we are looking back at the diverse material and technical achievements of life in industrial countries. ::: The lack of communication felt by many – the loneliness of urban life – is in some respects due to the result of voluntarily and deliberately established personal retreats, individual transportation systems, spatial buffer zones or selective safety zones, to name but a few examples. ::: Can one expect another technical system level – information and communication technologies – to break this trend rather than also contributing to a further drifting apart of city dwellers? ::: What is apparent is that those technologies facilitate an easier encountering of people –in terms of spatial and temporal synchronicity. It is also obvious, however, that the same technologies make certain encounters ever more unnecessary. Vast sections of the services industries experience the replacement of a person as communication partner by machine interfaces, and clients are supposed to perform or recall the requested services on their own. – Is communication technology in fact a technology that replaces communication? It seems to improve communication, but in reality, doesn’t it obstruct communication? ::: It is not a surprise that our studies revealed a number of both new and already existing disputes and questions:
 
::: The impact of the spatial and technical hierarchy on the community and its contrast to newly emerging strategies of the Net for a broad and horizontal distribution of authorship and thus a decentralisation of control possibilities.
::: Development opportunities of intelligent sub-pecuniary or sub-economic exchange systems in the close spatial milieu of a neighbourhood or an urban district.
::: The role of technically altered conditions in the definition of public, semi-public and private spheres and their intrinsic functional relations.
 
The following section of the brochure details the projects which predominantly investigate the question how – at a neighbourhood level – exchanges between residents can be intensified, rediscovered or facilitated at a previously unknown scale.
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