Dilation – Design Strategy Blog

October 2, 2009

Dilation in Babylon about 1900 B.C.

I’ve read that this cuneiform tablet is an instructional for scribes. It is thought to be 3,700 years old.

Graphic designers have been around for awhile.

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“While the tangram is often said to be ancient, the earliest known printed reference to tangrams appears in a Chinese book dated 1813, which was probably written during the reign of the Jiaqing Emperor.[1]” The o.5 dilation inscribed lower right in the clay tablet above could easily have produced the geometry of a tangram 3,700 years ago in Babylon.

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What is dilation?

January 6, 2008

Back to the Future

Before the grid there was dilation and after the grid there will be dilation. The postmodern, if it ever arrives, will look much like the pre-modern, because the grid, the metric of some long dead king’s arm, is completely irrelevant to how space organizes it’s self, this realization combined with the fact that tension structures deploy material more efficiently than compression ones can, will drive our going “back to the future.” The realization that space can be self metric is the missing link between where we have been lately and where we are going. Design efficiency.

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