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)
“Unboxing the Toolkit,” Toolshed (July 9, 2021)
“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).
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)
On Machine Listening, Liquid Architecture [podcast] (May 19, 2021)
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