Talking Books: Sentient City

February

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Sentient City: Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space
Paola Antonelli and Hadas Steiner in conversation with Mark Shepard

Friday, February 11, 2011
7:00 p.m.
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street
1.0 CEUs
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To mark the publication of Sentient City: Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space (The Architectural League/MIT Press), a book of case studies and essays based on the League’s fall 2009 exhibition, Paola Antonelli and Hadas Steiner join the book’s editor and exhibition curator Mark Shepard for a conversation on the history and future of architecture and design exhibitions. How have exhibitions helped shape the future imaginary of architecture and design? What agency, if any, does the exhibition have as a mode of design practice? How has both the role of the curator and the nature of curatorial practice evolved vis-a-vis new methods for the production and dissemination of architectural media? The conversation will address the exhibition’s historical relation to architectural production and its influence on contemporary design discourse.

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. One of the foremost design curators in the world, Antonelli has organized numerous exhibitions, most recently “Design and the Elastic Mind” and “Safe: Design Takes on Risk.”  Her upcoming exhibition, “Talk to Me” (summer 2011), explores the communication between people and things.

Mark Shepard is an artist, architect, and researcher whose work addresses new social spaces and signifying structures of contemporary network cultures.  He is an editor of the Situated Technologies Pamphlets Series (The Architectural League) and co-author of “Urban Computing and Its Discontents,” with Adam Greenfield.  Shepard is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Media Study at the University at Buffalo, where he co-directs the Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies.

Hadas Steiner is an architectural historian whose research concentrates on the cross-pollinations of technological and cultural aspects of architectural fabrication in the postwar period.  She is the author of Beyond Archigram: The Structure of Circulation (Routledge, 2007).  Steiner is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

This program is free and open to all. Seating first-come, first-served.

Co-sponsored by The Architectural League of New York and McNally Jackson Books.

For more information about the book, click here.

Image: Heat responsive cover of Sentient City: Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space (The Architectural League/MIT Press)