Marcelyn Gow introduces John Southern. John Southern shows the progression of his own work and his interest in urban activism and research. He references Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and shows examples of some public spaces his office has changed.
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Juan Azulay introduces David Bergman. Bergman describes his role in SCI-Arc’s Future Initiatives program. He discusses the contemporary city as a construction of economic policies and zoning regulations designed to increase capital investments. He discusses the urban mapping achieved by Nolli’s map of Rome.
David Bergman discusses why economic policies succeed and fail, citing historical precedents. He describes the recent real estate bubble, and how the lack of commercial demand reflects the biggest determining factor of the current and future economic situation.
Peter Zellner leads the panel in a discussion of the economy. Panelists talk about the differences between resource and capital, policy and interest, and the future role of the urban architect. While suggesting certain alternatives to the current recession, the guests agree it will take a while before new construction and redevelopment take hold.
Jan Van Toorn warns that he will be discussing graphic and communications design theoretically, beginning with an overview of the Dutch political system, and the interplay of public and private interests. He suggests that the government’s dominating presence in everyday life in Holland derives from its historic function of coordinating essential flooding and land-reclamation projects. He talks about the Berlage Institute, the role of architects in Holland, and the presence of intellectuals in public debate. He discusses the possibilities of the recuperation of society and democracy through communication design. He hopes that the revitalization and renewal of art, design and theory as truly public practices can continue despite conservative trends.
Hal Foster begins by reciting the text of a recent newspaper ad in which AT&T argues for “Telecommunity … a vast global network of networks, the merging of communications and computers ….” Foster wonders if there is a kind of architecture that can resist “Telecommunity.” He reviews and dismisses a range of options. Foster proposes a “neofuturism” to critically engage contemporary technology in a world in which science no longer has any existence apart from economic life, creating an erosion of boundaries between bodies, machines, nature and artifice. Foster wonders what “a valid technopolitics for the First World” might be. He discusses some possible positions, stressing the dominance of the “permanent war economy.”