modeling the program

project home
project news

think tank

project users

elke van campenhoutmarcossimoesMichel YangAriane LozesungminConstanze SchellowJulie PfleidererkarenlancelManon Avermaete

project tools

login / subscribe

page tools

share / save this page
get permalink menu home menu news projects participants partners


modeling the program

'modeling the program' is an attempt to visualize apt as a space for working, encounter, research, etcetera. in these sessions every participant proposes a visual model for the way they perceive the different learning modules, and the space for exchange and encounter.

possible questions:

what kind of a space could apt be?
-is it an open plan space, or a closed space?
-is it one space, or several?
-is it a public space or a private one?
-how does this space communicate with its environment?
-what kind of modalities does the space need to be workable?
-is it an ecological space (can it be recycled by others that come after you, can parts be removed and put into another constellation? can you share this space with future participants, or with the current ones?)
-is it a modular space?
-is this space contagious or can it be contaminated by outside influences (the weather, the light, wind,...)
-is it a nomadic space? a portable space?

what kind of texture does the space have?
what kind of materiality does it have?
what kind of movement does the space generate?
how many entrances does it have, and who is allowed in?
what kind of exchange loopholes are created there?
is there a common space, and what does it look like?

if it is not a space, but a trajectory, how do you imagine this?
is it a road leading up to something? a spiral? a labyrinth?
is it a game space

nieuwe vragenlijst in het Nederlands

modeling the program -- Manon Avermaete -- Wed 8 Jul 2009 -- 0 reactions


1.    Beschrijf Antwerpen in één woord of zin.
2.    Kan je een kleur plakken op Antwerpen?
3.    Past er volgens jou een emotionele staat bij Antwerpen?
4.    Wat is typisch Antwerps?
5.    Noem (één van) jouw favoriete plek in Antwerpen.
6.    Kan je ons een jeugdherinnering vertellen over jouw kindertijd in Antwerpen?
7.    Wat is voor jou het centrum van Antwerpen?
8.    Welk gebouw representeert Antwerpen voor jou?
9.    Waarom zou je Antwerpen willen verlaten?
10.  Waarom (zou) blijf je in Antwerpen?
11.   Wat zou je willen veranderen in/aan Antwerpen?
12.  Als je op reis bent wat mis je dan van(uit) Antwerpen?
13.  Ken je een typisch Antwerpenaar? Of kan je hem/haar beschrijven?
14.  Kan je ons heel precies vertellen van het moment dat je ontwaakt tot je terug je bed in kroop wat je de       dag voor gisteren hebt gedaan?

Kan je ons een weg tekenen/markeren die je het vaakst neemt door Antwerpen
Kan je een schets maken van abstract of niet wat Antwerpen is volgens jou?

Frames of References

modeling the program -- Michel Yang -- Fri 23 Jan 2009 -- 1 reaction
...a model/maquette as a frame of reference...

And don't forget Einstein...

(click to see more maquette brainstorm)

APT participant

breathing space of manon & julie model 1

modeling the program -- Julie Pfleiderer -- Mon 19 Jan 2009 -- 0 reactions

APT is
a system with flexible moduls

it can open doors & close them
it can make you struggle - alone and together with the other participants
it can eat your energy or all together we can produce energy

out of the ideas of everyone - it can change it`s face!

APT needs the energy of all the participants to BREATHE.

it is a modular space

it is a sensible space reacting on the movements & ideas from the participants!

julie pfleiderer


modeling the program -- Constanze Schellow -- Mon 12 Jan 2009 -- 0 reactions
on spiders as networkers, see the following links:

spinning II
spinning III (animation)
think big
To work together or to get away from one another?
the spider web theory

From Wikipedia on spider webs:

There are a few types of spider web found in the wild; and many spiders are classified by the webs they weave. Different types of spider webs include:

  • Spiral orb webs, associated primarily with the family Araneidae as well as Tetragnathidae and Uloboridae
  • Tangle-webs or cobwebs, associated with the family Theridiidae
  • Funnel-webs, with associations divided into primitive and modern
  • Tubular webs which run up the base of trees
  • Sheet webs
  • Dome or tent webs

How spiders make webs:

Spiders have several spinneret glands located at their abdomen which produce the silken thread. Each gland produces a thread for a special purpose. Seven different gland types have currently been identified, although each species of spider will possess only a few of these types, never all seven at once.

Normally a spider has three pairs of spinnerets, but there are spiders with just one pair or as many as four pairs of spinnerets, with each spinneret having its own function.

During the process of making a web the spider will use its own body for measurements, a very practical and ergonomic design feature of any web. This will allow the spider to move quickly around its own web with very few faults.

It will start with the most difficult part of construction, the first thread. The spider effectively uses the wind to carry its initial adhesive thread. With some luck the silk is released from its spinners and carried by the wind to a suitable adherable surface. When it sticks to a surface the spider will carefully walk over the thread and strengthen it with a second thread. This process is repeated until the primary thread is strong enough to support the rest of the netting.

After strengthening the first thread the spider will continue to make a Y shaped netting. The first three radials of the web are now constructed. More radials are added making sure that the distance between each radial is small enough to cross. This means that the number of radials in a web directly depends on the size of the spider plus the size of the web.

After the radials are complete the spider will fortify the center of the web with about five circular threads. Then a spiral of non-sticky, evenly spaced, circular threads are made for the spider to easily move around its own web during construction. The spider then, beginning from the outside in, will methodically create the adhesive spiral threads. It will utilize the initial radiating lines as well as the non-sticky spirals as guide lines. The spaces between each spiral will be directly proportional to the distance from the tip of its back legs to its spinners. This is one way the spider will use its own body as a measuring/spacing device. While the sticky spirals are formed the non-adhesive spirals are removed as there is no need for them anymore.

After the spider has completed its web it will chew off the initial three center spiral threads then sit and wait. If the web is broken without any structural damage during the construction the spider does not make any initial attempts to rectify the problem.

Webs allow a spider to catch prey without having to expend energy by running it down. Thus it is an efficient method of gathering food. However, constructing the web is in itself an energetically costly process due to the large amount of protein required, in the form of silk. In addition, after a time the silk will lose its stickiness and thus become inefficient at capturing prey. It is not uncommon for spiders to eat their own web daily to recoup some of the energy used in spinning. The silk proteins are thus 'recycled'.

constanze schellow

yellow sticky note animation

modeling the program -- elke van campenhout -- Mon 12 Jan 2009 -- 0 reactions
to inspire you...


more news items