Emergent Infrastructures: 2013-2015

A Cluster Grant-supported research project focusing on the topic of emergent infrastructures in rapidly changing urban environments. Our team is comprised of scholars and practitioners from media studies, architecture, design and technology, and history of science (Orit Halpern, Jessica Irish, Brian McGrath, Jane Pirone, Rory Solomon, me), whose intent is to reconfigure the study of infrastructures in terms of emergence and not merely emergency; to interrogate the complex interactions between “hard” and “soft” or “smart” and “stupid” infrastructures; and to reevaluate how we discern between failure and success – all considerations that condition the present and shape the future of urban space. See our project website.