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Spatial Rationales: Food for Thought

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  • Jeff on the walkable city
  • Hito on how not to be seen
  • Jared on collapsing societies
  • Keller on infrastructure space
  • Ann Cavoukian on embedding privacy into the infrastructure of our society
  • Judith on examined life
  • Saskia on expulsions
  • Lorraine on rules and norms
  • Sebastian on design against productivity
  • Rem on the future of the city

Jeff Speck: walkable city‌

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, public service, and built work, advocates internationally for smart growth and sustainable design.

Hito Steyerl: how not to be seen

Hito Steyerl is a German artist, writer and theorist known for taking a strong political stand and being unafraid to challenge the power of the art market, has been named the most influential person in contemporary art.

Jared Diamond: collapsing societies

Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.

Keller Easterling: infrastructure space

"Actors have a script, but their real work lies in crafting an action, usually with an infinitive expression." - (Extrastatecraft, Keller Easterling, p91)
Keller Easterling is an American architect, urbanist, writer, and teacher. Her latest book, Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades, researches familiar spatial products that have landed in precarious political situations around the world. Very interesting if you would like to look at space, social space and infrastructure space on a global scale.

Ann Cavoukian - embedding privacy into the infrastructure of our society

Both of the private and public sectors are incentivised to extract as much data as they can out of you. Data has become the new oil of the 21st century, and massive surveillance that has been used in the process of extracting it has resulted in lack of privacy and trust. Ann Cavoukian speaks about the importance of imbedding privacy into the design of organisations and products and services that they provide.

Judith Butler: examined life

Judith Butler and Sunaura Taylor went for a walk and engaged in a terrific conversation about disability as not merely some physical status but largely a social status, and that is also true for so called "able-bodied" persons.

Saskia Sassen: expulsions

Saskia Sassen is redefining power through the language of expulsions and incorporation. Speaking about her recent book Expulsions, Sassen argues that existing academic and intellectual categories fail to capture current political, economic, and social turmoil.

Lorraine Daston: rules and norms

Sebastian Deterding: design against productivity

Dr. Sebastian Deterding is a designer and researcher working on playful, gameful, and motivational design (or gamification) for human flourishing. He is broadly interested in how code shapes conduct: how software and games pervade everyday life, and what ramifications this holds for individuals, communities, ethics, and design.

Rem Koolhaas: the future of the city

Provocative, perceptive, blistering and often witheringly witty, Rem Koolhaas's writing has changed the way we look at cities, just as much as his architecture has forced us to reassess what buildings can be and how they can embody radical ideas.