Architecture that knows where you are and how you’re feeling

In other news, I’ve been doing some reading up on Phillip Beesley who is an architect and a prof at the University of Waterloo.

He spoke at tedxwaterloo this year.

His most recent works are a mashup of architecture and sculpture, and are both creepy and beautiful. I think they speak loudly to what the future of architecture and design of physical space and information can (and should) become, a sympathetic environment responding to the individual who is experiencing it – have a look.

I wonder if he might be an interesting addition to the accessibility conference next year.

D2L UNconference 2010. It’s happening.

D2L Unconference banner

The Desire2Learn UNconference aims to bring together D2L Users to exchange information, improve communications and build partnerships. Designed to immediately precede D2L’s FUSION 2010 Users Conference. July 11th, 2010. 6:30pm – 11:30pm. Chicago.

Visit the event’s website for more information and to get your ticket. This will be a great opportunity for D2L users to learn and share. There are limited tickets available for this event. You don’t want to miss out.

(the site is best viewed in Firefox, Safari or Chrome, if you’re using IE…switch!)

Think of yourself as a platform

I think the real leaders in my life, the people who have influenced me the most, share a common thread; they excel in creating the conditions in which good things can happen. Think of yourself as a platform. A utility or an environment that enables sharing, builds relationships and is extensible, allowing others to easily create other platforms on your building blocks. Be open source, sharing codes and secrets about what you do and why you do it. Join communities. Build communities.

Talk. Share. Learn. Create. Publish. Architect. Design.

A lot of what I do professionally is to create the conditions for education to happen. I work with a stellar team to configure tools to meet the needs of instructors and learners. We promote and support the effective use of these tools to better education. I’m passionate about it.

I’d love to know you’re passionate about. Let’s go for coffee sometime?