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The Architect’s Playlist

by Nic Plum on Friday 15 January, 2010 - 21:59 GMT

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Tags: funhumourplaylist

iTunes PlaylistLife isn’t all stereotypes and shape-shovelling. Oh no! We all need some light relief from time to time. For no good reason I can think of apart from devilment I thought it would be a break to think about a playlist that would be suitable for those engaged in the art and craft of architectural modelling.

Whilst working at the the Integration Authority Malvern Architecture Lab I had an idea that we could take Peter Seegar’s ‘Little Boxes’ and turn it into The Deployment Song. All I needed was some time to come up with some lyrics. A fellow partner in crime, Julian, thought it a good idea and he was going to have a go being the artistic and creative type. Of course we never got around to it. Too many ideas and too little time - seems to be a constant theme.

Right then, for starters in the style of that old BBC Radio 4 classic - ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a View’:

  • Little Boxes - Pete Seegar
  • Any Colour You Like (well before the UPDM kicks in) - Pink Floyd
  • Back to Basics - The Shapeshifters
  • Don’t You Want Me AV - The Human League
  • Conversations With 2 Tools - Genesis
  • Stand and Deliver - Adam and the Ants
  • Wired for Sound (bound to be on a SV)- Cliff Richard
  • Somewhere Along the Line - Mike and the Mechanics

Of course there may well be others.


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      Putting the Architectural Modelling Community First - What You Can Expect to See

      by Nic Plum on Saturday 02 January, 2010 - 14:03 GMT

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      This current site is really only a interim site. What is intended is a site that properly supports the folks using TRAK or other MDAF-based architecture frameworks and one which represents the ethos behind it:-

      • pragmatic - led by need and application - the human interface to the framework (usability, affordance etc.)
      • open - decisions, rationale, explanation
      • democratic - involve the community in the site content rather than broadcast top down what I/we think folks need. The centre of gravity ought to be with the users rather than the specifiers-of the framework
      • fun - why not? Systems thinkers/engineers and architects are real, dare I say it ‘whole’ people and all sides need to be addressed
      • dynamic - the content needs to be able to change and adapt to new circumstances, thinking or practice

      What You Might Expect

      The features that you should expect to see are:-

      • each section of the site is a ‘blog’
        • articles can be discussed and commented on by site members
        • updates notified by RSS news feeds
      • articles can be linked together, tagged, put into categories and dynamically sorted/displayed and searched for by users
      • discussion forums
        • tool support
        • use of architecture frameworks
        • modelling / repository organisation - not governed by frameworks but important and common to all
      • architects can submit examples of views to help others
      • wiki to hold facts on architecture frameworks e.g. metamodel elements, use of UML tools, tips, plugins etc.
      • single sign-on to comment, add a forum discussion or to add to the wiki
      • everyone can see everything - nothing hidden
        • only site members can contribute or comment - contributors and commenters recognised and stand up to the mark!
      • fun / anarchic humour
        • the lighter side
        • not taking life too seriously


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