For the next three weeks, we’ll be asking: How do we make urban intelligences visible, sense-able, intelligible, operationalizable, measurable, testable, actionable?
Lab: Using the Extrapolation Factory’s Alternative Unknowns method, we’ll model a smart-city disaster scenario: what “old school” intelligences would we have to rely on if our smart city suffered a massive-long-term power outage?
- World Expos + Fairs: Skim through “World’s Fairs: A Global History of Expositions” (Wiltshire, UK: Adam Matthew Digital, 2016) [much of the material on this site requires a password; just skim through the “meta” stuff that’s open-access] For centuries, fair organizers have used these events to prototype future technologies and cities.
- Models of Spatial Dynamics: Chris Woebken and Javier Arbona, “Variable World: Bay Model Tour & Salon,” Avant (January 21, 2015).*
- Simulations: Aubrey Anable, “The Architecture Machine Group’s Aspen Movie Map: Mediating Urban Crisis in the 1970s,” Television & New Media 13:6 (2012): 498-519. And just for fun: skim through the program for the International Conference on Exercises, Gaming, and Simulations for Intelligence and National Security, Georgetown University, March 24-25, 2015.
- More Simulations: Kyle Chayka, “The Future Agency,” The Verge (March 30, 2017).
- Games: Jennifer Light, “Taking Games Seriously,” Technology and Culture 49 (April 2008): 347-75.
- Optional: And more Games: Will Partin, “A Short Conversation About ‘Everything’ with Creator David OReilly,” Rolling Stone (March 31, 2017) + EVERYTHING demo.
- Post a reading response? Remaining options: 3/14
- “America’s Last Top Model,” 99% Invisible 221 (July 16, 2016) [podcast: 20:40])
- Michael Batty, “Fifty Years of Urban Modeling: Macro Statics to Micro Dynamics,” in S. Albeverio, D. Andrey, P. Giodano, and A. Vancheri, eds., The Dynamics of Complex Urban Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag, 2008): 1-20. See also his work on urban models; “Simulating Geodesign: Designers as Agents” (April 16, 2013).
- Kristi Dykema Cheramie, “The Scale of Nature: Modeling the Mississippi River,” Places Journal (March 2011).
- John Elrick, “The World a Model Makes,” AAG Newsletter (February 10, 2016).
- Jay Forrester, Urban Dynamics (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1969).
- Daniel Gethmann, “Integrated Planning and the Design of Urban Agglomeration: Bernard Hafner’s Comparative Simulation of Alternative Urban Prototypes,” Architecture Research Quarterly 21:1 (2017): 10-20.
- Orit Halpern, “Inhuman Vision,” Media-N 10:3 (Fall 2014).
- Orit Halpern, “The Trauma Machine: Demos, Immersive Technologies and the Politics of Simulation,” in Matteo Pasquinelli, ed., Alleys of Your Mind: Augmented Intelligence and Its Traumas (Lüneburg: meson press, 2015): 53-67
- André Jansson, “Encapsulations: The Production of a Future Gaze at Montreal’s Expo 67,” Space and Culture 10:4 (2007).
- Shannon Mattern, “The Spectacle of Data: A Century of Fairs, Fiches, and Fantasies,” Theory, Culture & Society (forthcoming 2018).
- Cesare Silla, “Chicago World’s Fair of 1893: Marketing the Modern Imaginary of the City and urban Everyday Life Through Representation,” First Monday 18:11 (November 2013).
- McKenzie Wark, “Capture All: SimCity, Gamespace, and Play,” Avery Review 6 (March 2015).
- Michael Weisberg, Simulation and Similarity: Using Models to Understand the World (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
- Alexander Hilton Wood, “The Engineers and the Urban System, 1969-1974,” M.Arch. Thesis, MIT, 2012.