Reading List

List Author

Cindy Huang

University of Auckland

Thesis Readings


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    Gordon Matta-Clark and the Politics of Shared Space

    Places Journal

    An artist in the era of urban renewal thinks through what it might mean to fully collaborate with local communities.

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    Fugitive Libraries

    Places Journal

    In what ways do libraries act as ‘instruments of social control,’ and how could they be made into instruments of restoration, reparation, or transformation?

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    A City Is Not a Computer

    Places Journal

    This seems an obvious truth, but we need to say it loud and clear. Urban intelligence is more than information processing.

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    Interfacing Urban Intelligence

    Places Journal

    As we build so-called “smart” cities, we need to consider the point of engagement where citizens interface with the city’s operating system.

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    Instrumental City: The View from Hudson Yards

    Places Journal

    The world’s most ambitious “smart city” project is here. Should we worry that New York City is becoming an experimental lab?

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    Infrastructural Tourism

    Places Journal

    For decades tourists have marveled at monumental dams of the American West. These days they trace infrastructures like satellite communications and nuclear waste transport.

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    Occupying Wall Street: Spaces of Political Action

    Places Journal

    A survey of the physical places and virtual spaces of Occupy Wall Street, the hypercity built of granite and asphalt, algorithms and information.

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    The Interventionist’s Toolkit: 4

    Places Journal

    What happens when the grassroots tactics of activist designers collide with the top-down strategies of urban institutions?

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    The Interventionist’s Toolkit: 3

    Places Journal

    How do we judge the success of DIY tactics — of ephemeral works that skirt the edges of activist art and community organizing?

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    The Interventionist’s Toolkit: 2

    Places Journal

    DIY urbanists are making ingenious use of print media to spur urban activism — and sometimes revolution.

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    Public and Common(s)

    Places Journal

    A philosophical view of the terms public and commons, from the 20th-century treatises of Hannah Arendt and Jurgen Habermas to recent books by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri.

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    Little Libraries in the Urban Margins

    Places Journal

    One of the most promising dimensions of tactical urbanism is the rise of pop-up, guerrilla, and ad-hoc libraries.

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    Maintenance and Care

    Places Journal

    A working guide to the repair of rust, dust, cracks, and corrupted code in our cities, our homes, and our social relations.

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    Who’s Your Data?

    Places Journal

    A city is not a BMW. You can’t drive it without knowing how it works.

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    Databodies in Codespace

    Places Journal

    As the bioengineering of people and cities converges, where do we locate the public sphere?

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    Methodolatry and the Art of Measure

    Places Journal

    The new wave of urban data science (and solutionism) is trending toward an obsession with data-for-data’s-sake and an idolization of method.

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    How to Map Nothing

    Places Journal

    Many pandemic maps depict the macro-scale forces that produced the “Great Pause.” What’s harder to show is all the something enabling that nothing, the pulsing activity powering the pause.

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    Post-It Note City

    Places Journal

    A visit to the smart-city-in-progress at Sidewalk Toronto prompts questions about what it means to “participate” in civic design.

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    Mapping’s Intelligent Agents

    Places Journal

    How do machine intelligences read and write the world? And what Other intelligences deserve our attention?

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