To London, to London
Oh man, this one has been a close hold for so long it’s a relief to just have it out there.
I am deeeeelighted to share with you the news that I’ve been selected to receive the inaugural Mellon Fellowship at LSE Cities, and that Nurri and I and the excellent cat will be spending much of the next year in London.
My research project is called “Urban intelligences, subjects and subjectivities,” and unsurprisingly it’s about developing alternative conceptions of networked information technology in the contemporary city. Specifically, I’m interested in asking how we might…
- leverage the potential of data-gathering, analysis and visualization tools to improve a community’s sense of the challenges, risks and opportunities facing it, and support it in the aim of autonomous self-governance;
- use networked technologies to further the prerogatives so notably absent from the smart-city paradigm, particularly those having to do with solidarity, mutuality and collective action;
- inscribe a robust conception of the right to the city in all of the technological interventions proposed, including but not limited to those intended to enhance personal mobility, citizen engagement, and processes of (individual and collective) self-determination;
- and devise everyday technologies to support the open, tolerant, feisty, opinionated character we associate with big-city life, above all that quality variously described as canniness, nous or savoir faire.
It’s going to be great. I am so very pleased and honored to be doing this, and I cannot tell you how much I look forward to spending more time with all the beloved on the other side of the Black Atlantic. I want to thank everyone at the Mellon Foundation and the LSE who have helped make this a reality, and, my word, Nurri for thinking this was an interesting way to spend her 2014…but above all dear Adriana Young, without whose active instigation and encouragement this never, ever would have come to pass.
- Urban data: From fetish object to social object | 14th March 2014 at LSE Cities 27 February 2014
- Two recent interviews 24 February 2014
- TFTD 23 February 2014
- An event on urban data: Beyond the fetish object, toward the social object 30 January 2014
- On the survivors’ bond 1 December 2013
Being discussed now
- Urban data: From fetish object to social object – seminar at LSECities on Urban data: From fetish object to social object | 14th March 2014 at LSE Cities
- Design Critic Weighs In On Yet Another Electronic Book-Device | Beyond the Beyond | Wired on Kindling
- Adam Greenfield’s Central Dogma | Beyond the Beyond | Wired on Shielding, undistraction and conviviality, and my central dogma
- French Journalist Attempts to Understand Everyware | Beyond the Beyond | Wired on Chronic’art interview, annotated
- Actively fighting for moments of calm | Beyond the Beyond | Wired on Interactions interview