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KEYNOTE: Privacy 1.0 (SPAN LONDON 2015)

Google Design2015-12-02
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Justin McGurk explores the blurring boundaries of public and private spaces in urban design, discussing analog privacy and the evolving concept of home. The talk delves into the morality of transparency, cultural interpretations of privacy, and the shift towards smart homes. McGurk highlights the changing role of architecture in society, from openness to introspection, and the implications of technology on privacy and surveillance. The discussion prompts critical thinking on personal boundaries, data collection, and the concept of home as a sanctuary amidst the growing ambiguity of privacy in the digital age.

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Justin McGurk discusses cities, privacy, and the blurring of public and private boundaries.
02:10
He explores the concept of 'analog privacy' and its connection to the digital realm.
McGurk uses examples from Italy and references Walter Benjamin's observations to support his points.
The talk highlights the interconnectedness of urban environments and societal norms, challenging traditional notions of privacy.
McGurk's authentic presentation style encourages critical thinking on urban design and personal boundaries.
The use of lace curtains and screens as metaphors for privacy and boundaries in architectural design.
04:02
Screens are seen as shields or barriers to control light, air, and privacy.
Cultural interpretations of screens, like the Middle Eastern abaya, vary.
Privacy observations in Beirut after the 2006 Israeli bombing.
The evolution of the term 'screen' from a fire guard to a surface for projected light, reflecting changes in the role of barriers in architecture and daily life.
Blurring the Lines Between Public and Private Spaces in Urban Areas.
07:42
Privately owned public spaces are becoming more prevalent in urban areas, such as Granary Square and London Bridge.
These spaces may appear public but are actually owned by developers, leading to ambiguous boundaries.
Undesirables are often quickly removed from these spaces, raising questions about transparency and openness.
The evolving nature of urban spaces underscores the importance of understanding the distinctions between public and private areas.
Cultural implications of window sizes in England and Holland.
09:16
Property values in reclaimed land led to tall narrow buildings with many windows for light penetration.
Potential cultural implications include privacy attitudes and liberalism, with a link to legalized prostitution in Dutch culture.
The Standard Hotel in New York is highlighted for its transparent design.
Discussion on public exposure and the intersection of public and private spaces is prompted.
The history of modernist architecture and glass buildings dates back to 1921 with a drawing by Mies van der Rohe for a glass tower in Berlin.
12:05
Transparency in architecture symbolizes renewal and purity, emphasizing openness and light.
This concept is seen in various buildings like the UN building and Mies' house.
The idea of transparency continues to be popular, with Japan embracing it in modern architecture.
Open-plan offices also stem from the concept of openness, starting with the Johnson Wax Company headquarters by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Evolution of architecture reflects societal changes in neoliberal capitalism.
17:30
Post-modernist buildings, such as the Hotel Bonaventure in LA, showcase a shift towards introspection with mirrored exteriors.
These structures act as fortresses, symbolizing a desire for privacy and protection against the outside world.
The trend towards closed, defensive architecture mirrors the transition towards finance-driven capitalism.
Society's increasing emphasis on privacy and protection is evident in modern architectural design.
The evolving concept of home as a sanctuary and retreat from the public world.
19:35
Drawing on Gaston Bachelard's idea of the home as an intimate space akin to a shell or shelter.
New tools and social relations, such as Airbnb, blur the lines between private and public spaces.
Importance of intimate spaces that are nurturing and womb-like.
Emphasizing the need for retreat and quiet corners within the home.
Evolution of Home Concept
21:56
Home spaces now serve as sources of income through sharing or renting.
Shift from mechanized visions to practicality of smart homes and Internet of Things.
Nomadic lifestyles lead to a decrease in furniture and possessions.
Architecture has not adapted to modern living space needs.
The impact of technology on smart home devices and the future.
25:05
Concerns about data collection and security vulnerabilities in smart home devices, highlighted by a recent incident with a Samsung fridge being hacked.
Evolution of the home as a data collection node, generating value through data production.
Companies like Nest leading the trend with devices like thermostats serving as portals for data collection.
Projection of 50 billion Wi-Fi connected devices in homes by 2020, emphasizing the shift towards the home as a data factory.
Shift from modernist view of the home to satirical interpretation.
28:16
Technology serving us but potentially betraying us through data collection and energy efficiency.
Comparison of dystopian visions, including Orwellian surveillance and Huxley's efficiency doctrine.
Exploration of technological progress subtlety and implications.
Consideration of technology controlling daily life and future impact of advancements.
Discussion on surveillance and potential shift towards constant monitoring in society.
30:50
Mention of radical transparency leading to a world where everyone is under constant surveillance.
Trade-offs of increased efficiency and the use of data as currency are discussed.
Privacy concerns are raised, referencing Hannah Arendt's views on private and public spheres.
Presence of surveillance devices as decorations in domestic spaces is briefly mentioned.
Evolution of Privacy in Ancient Greece and Modern Times.
34:49
Privacy in ancient Greece was associated with a humble life focused on work and public life considered noble.
Over time, the concept of home transformed into a sanctuary valued for privacy.
In modern times, there is a trend towards sharing more of our homes online, blurring the boundaries between public and private spaces.
This shift raises questions about the purpose of the home as a productive or public space, reflecting the ambiguity in defining privacy and sharing personal spaces online.
Shift in attitude towards privacy due to smart technology.
37:33
Introduction of devices like the electromagnetic draught excluder and RAM house for privacy protection.
Privacy as a new luxury, with products like the Black Phone catering to those wanting to opt out of the digital economy.
Debate on government and company responses to privacy tools, with a focus on citizen rights to data protection and pushback against surveillance.
Emphasis on asserting citizenship through data privacy in conclusion.