DataSpaces: InFORMing the Urban Landscape (2013)

I was invited by Michael Cohen, director of The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs, and faculty member Margarita Gutman to join their “Urban Century” class in October 2013 to talk about media-centric approaches to the city. Their themes for the evening were “culture and representation,” and my lecture was part of the “formality/informality” module of the course — so I had to find a way to integrate these various themes. I found an appropriate ground, I think, in “dataspaces,” which I interpreted in two ways: (1) dedicated spaces within the city where we create, store, route, and access data; and (2) the city itself a substrate for generating data about itself — data that then, often, feeds back into the reshaping of the city. Here are the slides and text for my talk.