No. 22 — Paris 🇫🇷🗼 Pattern Language 🏙️ Kid City

Pushing pixels, building places

My name is Linda. I write a bi-weekly newsletter about computer science, childhood and culture - and there are 9690 of you listening. If you enjoy this issue, please share it with anyone you think may find it useful.


Bonjour!

After a leisurely July, I’ve been busy preparing a move to Paris in end of August. For the next six months I’ll be staying at the Cité International des Arts, an arts residency in Marais. In school I spent a good ten years studying French, but the language is as foreign to me as the city, so all recommendations and pointers from Parisian readers are very welcome.


On the subject of cities, the themes of playgrounds and urban planning are still high on my list of summer reading. The obsession has kicked in and I keep devouring stories on how post-pandemic children are reclaiming the streets and how the 15 minute city/ville du quart d’heure is gaining momentum. Seems like designing cities for kids improves the quality of life for everyone.

For me, playgrounds feel like a big, important space to think about. In a very different way than software, places create memories. They change, they grow and form communities.

And still there is overlap, similarities and shared provenance between architecture and software. Two quick examples come to mind:

As more and more of the tech world seems obsessed with ideas around a purely digital Metaverse, I find these old works resonant. Maybe it’s just me, but in addition to pushing pixels, I look forward to building paths, edges, districts, nodes - and if I’m lucky, landmarks.

The Finnish Architecture Museum has started to digitise its archive and started with Eliel Saarinen’s drawings. They are intricate in detail, an example and an inspiration for what I’m working on.


Linked List

In computer science, a linked list is a linear collection of data elements whose order is not given by their physical placement in memory. But here it is a selection of things I’ve been reading lately.


Classroom

I’m hoping to surface and share stories from all of you and I’d love to see your creations! Here are a few teachers using Ruby in creative, fun and inspiring ways.