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Design Ethnography Workshop

In this workshop, a part of the Anthropology and Design graduate minor, we partner with an external design organization to engage in collaborative ethnographic research. We will examine a range of design ethnographies; explore both traditional ethnographic methods and design research methods; and apply those methods in collaboratively studying a design object, site, system, process, and/or event. While our primary goal is to reflect critically on the design subject itself – asking how ideas are materialized, how expertise and power are negotiated, how collaboration is orchestrated, how communities form around design projects, and so forth – our work will also likely be applicable in informing design practice.

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Remote Links: On Maryanne Amacher

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts hosted a conversation with Amy Cimini and Bill Dietz about their new book, Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews (Blank Forms Editions, 2021).

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A City Is Not a Computer

A City Is Not a Computer: Other Urban Intelligences (Princeton University Press, 2021)

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Long Live All Our Public Libraries

Long Live All Our Public Libraries,” New York Daily News (August 1, 2021)

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Unboxing the Toolkit

Unboxing the Toolkit,” Toolshed (July 9, 2021)

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The Problems Data Can’t Solve

The Problems Data Can’t Solve: Eric Adams Puts Too Much Faith in the Power of Statistics and Algorithms,” New York Daily News (June 28, 2021).

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On Being Generous Online

Meg Miller, Shannon Mattern, Mindy Seu, and Dan Taeyoung, “The Internet(s) of Everything,” Session 3 [on being generous and curious online], The Billion Seconds Institute and Are.na [podcast] (June 8, 2021)

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Machine Listening

On Machine Listening, Liquid Architecture [podcast] (May 19, 2021)

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“Kits, Probes, and Diagrams: The Formalism of Method”

Closing Plenary, “Kits, Probes, and Diagrams: The Formalism of Method,” North American PhD by Design Symposium, NYU Tandon School of Engineering / Georgia Tech / Illinois Tech / Parsons School of Design (virtual), April 10, 2021