Indexing the World of Tomorrow, By Shannon Mattern

Indexing the World of Tomorrow

Over the decades, Remington Arms expanded its business from rifles to typewriters, then to autopilot systems and supercomputers. In this remarkable history, Shannon Mattern shows how Remington Rand’s card index governed the logic of the 1939 New York World’s Fair and anticipated our current obsession with urban data science and “smart” cities.

How the 1939 World’s Fair anticipated our current obsession with urban data science and “smart” cities.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture.

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Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Senior Lecturer in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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