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Digital Frictions Series @ Urban Omnibus

I guest-edited the Digital Frictions series for the Architectural League of New York’s Urban Omnibus. With the expert assistance of editors Mariana Mogilevich and Josh McWhirter, we released 11 installments between September 2019 and January 2020. Here’s my introduction: “Where Code Meets Concrete,” Urban Omnibus (September 4, 2019)

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How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables

edited with Mark Graham, Rob Kitchin, and Joe Shaw, How to Run a City Like Amazon, and Other Fables (Meatspace Press, 2019) [buy online, download for free, or read on Issuu]

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Auditing Urban Intelligence

with Urban Intelligence (21 graduate students), “Auditing Urban Intelligence: Interfacing Place-Based Knowledge,” Leonardo Electronic Almanac (2019)

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How to Graft a City

How to Graft a City” (p. 5) in The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge 1: Grafting (Mississauga: Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto, Mississauga, June 2018)

 

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Infrastructures for Tomorrow’s Urban Intelligences

“Infrastructures for Tomorrow’s Urban Intelligences,” TOMORROWS: Urban Fictions for Possible Futures [exhibition catalog], eds.Daphne Dragona & Panos Dragonas (Athens, Greece: Onassis Cultural Center, 2018)

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Smart Cities? Impossible, Political + Measuring Objects: 2017

We hosted SMART CITIES? Impossible Objects, Political Objects, and Measuring Objects with Storefront for Art and Architecture on April 23. Three panels of scholars, designers, planners, and artists people explored new terms, new indices, and new tools for urban intelligence.

Here you’ll find photos of the event, here’s the program, and below you’ll find video documentation of the three panels. Here’s who came:

PANEL ONE:

  • Jorge Otero-Pailos, artist, architect, preservationist, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation, Columbia
  • JĂĽrgen Hermann Mayer, architect and artist
  • Lydia Matthews, curator, writer; Professor of Visual Culture, The New School
  • David Smiley, architect, architectural historian, chair of CUP’s board of directors
  • Luke Swarthout, Director of Adult Education Services, NYPL, with a background in education policy
  • Vyjayanthi Rao, anthropologist, Director, Terreform

PANEL TWO:

PANEL THREE:

 

 

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Deep Mapping the Media City

Deep Mapping the Media City (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press [Forerunners Series], March 2015) [pdf]

Going beyond current scholarship on the “media city” and the “smart city,” Shannon Mattern argues that our global cities have been mediated and intelligent for millennia. Deep Mapping the Media City advocates for urban media archaeology, a multisensory approach to investigating the material history of networked cities. Mattern explores the material assemblages and infrastructures that have shaped the media city by taking archaeology literally—using techniques like excavation and mapping to discover the modern city’s roots in time.

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A City Is Not a Computer

“A City Is Not a Computer,” Places (February, 2017)

Portuguese translation: “Uma Cidade Não é um Computador,” Instituto Intersaber (May 11, 2017) [pdf]

German translation: “A City Is Not a Computer,” dĂ©rive: Journal of Urban Research (July 2017)

French translation: “Urbanisme. Non, la ville n’est pas unordinateur,” Courrier International (September 9, 2017) [pdf]

Adapted as “The City Is Not a Computer: On Museums, Libraries, and Archives” in Zlatan Krajina and Deborah Stevenson, eds., The Routledge Companion to Urban Media and Communication (New York: Routledge, 2019)

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Public In/Formation

“Public In/Formation,” Places, November 2016 [on spatial data, map libraries + the role of librarians and archivsts in maintaining information commons in the age of Trump and data-driven development].

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Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards, circa 2019

“Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards, circa 2019,” Places (April 2016).