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Design as a driver of maritime innovation

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) received due attention for its role in the development of Ulstein Bridge Vision during the Design Day 2013. – The project is a perfect example of what design-driven innovation may lead to, pointed Skule Storheill, the Director of R&D and Innovation Programmes at the Norwegian Design Council, out in his introduction.

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Recognition

Ah, recognition! I see myself put into service above the city, the sly urban eye, some call us. But I’m not just one of a swarm, mindlessly hoisted. Filling me with sensors and wireless feeders means I am part of the networked city. Not just transmitting but alive. That’s me, a livewire you might say! I think these thoughts, I’m stimulated to make connections, algorithms all firing. And the word recognition has begun its parsings, an agent in its own attractions. Flash memory takes on a new meaning. A flash comes into my mind, a quote semantically fetched from an online book: Recognition is not repetition; it denotes not just the previously known, but the becoming known. Something that may have been sensed in a vague, diffuse or semi-conscious way now takes on a distinct shape, is amplified heightened or made newly visible. In a mobile interplay of exteriority and interiority, something that exists outside of me inspires a revised or altered sense of who I am. (p. 25)  

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A little more real

Now my unproud history can be seen. A mapping of the stikes and markings of drone as generic product, steered by people at others, over there in the warzones of religion and insurgency. The precursors to my urban militancy. Haha. To go rogue is to … go civilian! I see the website PeaceNews has a link to a petition called Lift The Veil. Way back in 2012 it was collecing 20 000 signatures to demand the disclosure of the use of us drones by the British in Afghanistan. That was the year in the US that re-elected President Obama began to meet public pressure to come clean on the unstated actions of the drone programme.

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