Maintenance and Care
A working guide to the repair of rust, dust, cracks, and corrupted code in our cities, our homes, and our social relations.
Let’s hear it for the neighborhood hardware store. Here, amidst the nuts and bolts, we cultivate the potential to order things, places, communities, politics, and values — we might even say, to build and repair worlds.
Databodies in Codespace
As the bioengineering of people and cities converges, where do we locate the public sphere?
What You Don’t See
Follow the supply chains of architecture and you’ll find not just product manufacturers but also environmental polluters and secretive networks of political influence.
The Price of Regeneration
Contemporary “placemaking” policies have brought about the hyper-gentrification of large swathes of London and the loss of longstanding communities. But now there are signs of real resistance.
People-Mapping Through Google Street View
A study comparing images of New Orleans in 2007 and 2016 found a striking increase in the number of people (and bicycles) occupying public space.
Mapping’s Intelligent Agents
How do machine intelligences read and write the world? And what Other intelligences deserve our attention?
The Corner of Lovecraft and Ballard
H.P. Lovecraft and J.G. Ballard both put architecture at the heart of their fiction, and both made the humble corner into a place of nightmares.
A City Is Not a Computer
This seems an obvious truth, but we need to say it loud and clear. Urban intelligence is more than information processing.