Our proposal is to make no difference between the knowledge circulation networks, the technological networks that enable the transport of the effective signals and the uses of the territory.
We will merge these three topics having the idea of opening (in the meaning of « open source ») as background link.
We propose to apply the idea of opening to the circulation of knowledge over the network and by the way to its physical form and to the use of the territory.
These questions give a particular importance to the physical form of the network on which everything relies.
In opposition with the hierarchical and centralized form of networks, and in contrast with the way they occupate the territory and structurate the city, we propose an horizontal and moving network (as can be other « ghost networks » known as citizen band, fluid nexus, etc…)
Nowadays, most physical networks (internet, mobile phones) that permit the circulation of information and knowledge and enable communication are centralized and hierarchical. This participates to the logic of power linked to territory occupation and its contemporean version is the control (video surveillance, data surveillance, etc…)
Here is the geographical representation of the physical network that permits the circulation of knowledge and communication in NYC.
Everything can be controlled from one point
Inside this network, could rise a new one that would work from point to point. Each of its node would be both receiver and sender. A flat network, a horizontal one with no hierarchy
So as to implement this network we propose to use the radio frequences that are dedicated to information free broadcast. We call this space the citizen band’s.
Our proposition is somehow a digital equivalent of the CB
We aim at using radio modems to achieve this. These devices allow numeric or analogic data transmission and work both as emitter and receiver
Whereas they are usually used for distant control, radio modems could make a nearby data exchange area network possible
Ranging few kilometers, the Nearby Area Network could soon look like a large scale web
The transceiver mobility leads to various spatial configurations as well as the network plasticity
The network hyper-locality, its spatiality and moving make it an ideal tool for sharing territorial knowledge
we so aim at making a collaborative charting tool out of it
Each modem goes along a GPS, a laptop (for stocking datas), a keypad (for data entry), and a screen (for data display)
Each user surveys the territory, enters datas, feelings, medias and participate to a geolocalized collective knowledge implementation