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Living in Information by Jorge Arango

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CHAPTER

10

Gardening

Thus far we’ve seen how websites and apps create contexts that influence the ways we understand the world and act on it. I’ve suggested they have taken on some roles that buildings have played over time. However, built environments differ from information environments in many ways. Not least among these differences is the rate at which they change.

Buildings and cities change over their lifetimes, but they do so slowly. The California College of the Arts, where I teach, is housed in a building that at one time was used as a bus depot. The structure wasn’t designed to serve as host for university-level courses, yet it’s evolved to serve that role through deliberate design interventions. This sort of significant change doesn’t ...

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