Benjamin Bratton makes the argument of impetus of accidental megastructures and how they could potentially be related to Utopian concepts in a close-loop system. Using historical analyses of megastructures and their present embodiment, Bratton solidifies his argument to very fine details and evidential claims. He concludes the lecture with a reading of a particular story from his book Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury.
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CJ Lim outlines his Food Parliament project (2011-3), proposing a radically new layer of food production and distribution superimposed over existing London. Taking a cue from the actual Parliament, Lim’s project creates built analogues for eighteen key parliamentary roles and sites, from The Queen and Westminster Hall to members of parliament and Big Ben.
CJ Lim begins with a discussion of different ways food distribution and production shape communities, and describes some of the inefficiencies of the existing food infrastructure. He guides the audience through his Food Parliament project (2011-3), which superimposes a layer of food production and distribution over present-day London, employing built analogues for eighteen key parliamentary roles and sites, from The Queen to Big Ben.
Michael Sorkin argues that as the globe urbanizes, the city as a sustainable, equitable and beautiful site of social possibilities is disappearing. He discusses his projects for new cities in Arizona and China, and describes his research into ways of enabling New York City to produce its own food.
Michael Sorkin outlines the current state of urban life worldwide, arguing that even as the globe becomes urbanized, the city as a sustainable, equitable and beautiful site of social possibilities is in danger of disappearing. He insists that the master plan remains a necessary tool for designers.
Michael Sorkin outlines his research into ways of enabling New York City to produce its own food.
Michael Sorkin discusses projects for new cities: Weed, Arizona (1994), Houguan Lake Ecological City (2010) and Qingtan Lake Ecological and Technological Park (2013-4) near Wuhan.
Sarah Whiting discusses “Notes around the Doppler Effect and Other Moods of Modernism,” an article in Perspecta #33, 2002, which she wrote with Robert Somol to attack the anti-object trend as critical posing, derived from simplistic opposition between object and context. As a counter-example of how objects and context interrelate, she discusses her research into the development of IIT campus within the context of Chicago’s South Side.