De Landa organizes his talk around his recent paper “The Role of Cities in the New Philosophy of History.” He argues against the reigning “top-down” analysis of society, and offers models of artificial life, simulation, and emergence for analyzing the growth of institutions and larger entities, such as city-states. Utilizing economies of scale and economies of agglomeration, he looks at models including Venetian markets and the Northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. He concludes with a discussion of the rhizome in relation to the organizational models of Apple and Microsoft.
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Louise Sandhaus discusses the connection between graphic design and technology, and the way in which thought and communication is experienced. She discusses modes of perception, technology as forms, and technology as tools and how “design is the infrastructure of meaning,” and how “graphic design renders thought visible.”