Modulated Cities: Networked Spaces, Reconstituted Subjects

I am delighted to announce that the last of the Situated Technologies Pamphlets Series has been released today. Titled "Modulated Cities: Networked Spaces, Reconstituted Subjects," this pamphlet consists of a conversation between NYU media, culture, communication and computer science professor Helen Nissenbaum and myself on the topic of privacy under network culture.

It was a great honor to be a part of this series and to get a chance to get to know a brilliant scholar of network culture. I'm deeply grateful to series editors Trebor Scholz, Mark Shepard, Omar Khan as well as Rosalie Genevro and Gregory Wessner at the Architectural League and Jena Sher, who did a brilliant design. Most especially, I'm grateful to Helen, who expanded my thinking about the issue, and about network culture in general, greatly. You may download the book here, or purchase an on demand copy here

The topic of privacy under network culture is a huge one, and just during the time since we finished editing the book we read about the brief life of the iPhone app Girls Around Me and about the NSA's construction of a massive surveillance facility in Bluffdale, Utah that will be able to store and parse virtually any transmissions taking place over the Internet.

The Network Culture book, which is moving slowly but surely, ends with a discussion of issues of privacy and control. Rather than being a sideline or something that designers don't need to think about, privacy is crucial to us as I hoped to highlight by choosing the image by photographer Michael Wolf for the cover to underscore how longstanding questions of transparency have been to architecture.  

If you're intrigued, then come to the Architectural League's Beneath and Beyond Big Data event on April 28th from 2 to 5pm at the Cooper Union's Rose Auditorium. Helen and I will be there in conversation with Trebor as will a host of other designers and thinkers associated with Situated Technologies. –

Please take a look and let me know what you think. 

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We Make Money Not Art Interviews Mark Shepard

Régine Debatty of We Make Money Not Art (thanks for putting us on your list of new blogs, Regine!) interviews Mark Shepard. Mark is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Media Study at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where he is a co-director of the Center for Virtual Architecture. In the department of very small worlds, I first met Mark over twenty years ago (!) in the first year architecture studio I took at Cornell. Mark recently organized the Architecture and Situated Technologies symposium at the Architectural League in which I participated earlier this fall. Later today, after I turn in the latest round of edits on Blue Monday to ACTAR, I'll be in the city discussing NetLab projects with Mark and Adam Greenfield.

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architecture and situated technologies podcasts

Video and audio of many of the lectures from the Architecture and Situated Technologies symposium put together by Omar Khan, Mark Shepard, and Trebor Scholz at the Architectural League this fall is now online at the symposium site.

My own talk, "Almost Nothing: Two Ways to Program Things" can be found here.

I am happy with the way the podcast turned out and am thinking about putting together more podcasts on this site this year, including perhaps an entire course or two this spring.

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