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)
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]
with Urban Intelligence (21 graduate students), “Auditing Urban Intelligence: Interfacing Place-Based Knowledge,” Leonardo Electronic Almanac (2019)
“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)
“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)
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.
- Jorge Otero-Pailos, artist, architect, preservationist, Professor and Director of Historic Preservation, Columbia
- Jürgen 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
- Ingrid Burrington, artist and writer
- Farzin Lotfi-Jam / Mark Wasiuta, curators of Control Syntax Rio exhibition @ Storefront
- James Venturi, documentary filmmaker
- Dawn Barber, Co-Founder, NY Tech Meetup + NY Creative Tech Week
- Matthijs Bouw, architect and urbanist
- Dorit Avganim, doctoral student @ Milano, Digital Equity Research Fellow
- Paolo Cirio, artist and hacktivist
- Ariane Lourie Harrison, architect and author
- Jeff Maki, technologist and Senior Director, Innovation and Strategy, Intersection
- Agnieszka Kurant, artist
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.
“A City Is Not a Computer,” Places (February, 2017)
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)
“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].
“Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards, circa 2019,” Places (April 2016).