Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Art of Telling Stories through Architecture

Previously I've written of how architects can take their cues from historical connections to the area or site - I like to think of buildings as cryptic crosswords, with me trying to decipher the story the architect is trying tell.

The photo here shoes the entrance to the new Westpac Melbourne headquarters on Russell Street. In this instance I like how the architect has made a feature of sandstone. As anyone from Sydney knows, it's a city built on sandstone - just like Melburnians know Melbourne is a city built on bluestone. So for Westpac, a Sydney-based bank, to use sandstone in their new Melbourne headquarters is a little architectural dig at Melbourne.

A little piece of Sydney in the heart of Melbourne.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Privacy on the web. What privacy?

Listed above are all the pieces of code and technology that was tracking my activity on a single news website today. Using a browser add-on like Ghostery you're able to see the staggering amount of companies out there tracking our online behaviour.

Of course, if you don't want to be tracked by all these little bits of technology most browsers have the option to tell these robots not to track you (see below). But with all the browsers that you use throughout your day it is quite a chore to escape the net of these trackers.

With all the talk about governments snooping into our private lives it is simple to miss how much privacy we've already given away.