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.
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).
A City Is Not a Computer: Other Urban Intelligences (Princeton University Press, 2021)
Reviews / Press:
- Eric Villagomez, “Book Review: A City Is Not a Computer,” Spacing (August 2, 2021)
- Adam Rogers, “Smart Cities, Bad Metaphors, and a Better Urban Future,” Wired (August 10, 2021)
- Annie Howard, “A New Book by Shannon Mattern Reveals the Consequences of ‘Smart Cities,’” Metropolis (August 10, 2021)
- Shannon Mattern, “Why High-Profile Smart Cities Fail, From Sidewalk’s Quayside to Amazon’s HQ2 in Queens,” Fast Company (August 10, 2021)
- Paris Marx, “How Smart Is the Smart City? With Shannon Mattern,” Tech Won’t Save Us [podcast] (August 12, 2021)
- Mark Hurst, Techtonic, WFMU (August 23, 2021)
- Meghan McCarty Carino, “Smart Cities Promised Urban Tech Utopias? So Where Are They?” Marketplace, NPR (August 23, 2021)
- Evan Selinger, “Q&A: What’s Dumb About Smart Cities,” Boston Globe (September 10, 2021)
- Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, TBD, Cultures of Energy Podcast (forthcoming 2021)
- Philip McKenzie, TBD, The Deep Dive [podcast] (forthcoming 2021)
- Alize Arican, TBD, New Books Network [podcast] (forthcoming 2021)
“Long Live All Our Public Libraries,” New York Daily News (August 1, 2021)