Overview

The human future appears to be a primarily urban one, and most of the technologies people will be ever likely to use (or play a part in developing) will need to be understood in the context of the high-density, highly complex environments we think of as cities.

At the same time, the urban form itself is mutating in response to the emergence of new technological potentials. This course taught students how to understand the ways in which the presence of technical systems capable of gathering, storing, displaying, transmitting and/or taking physical action on information is already changing urban form, metropolitan experience and the construction of civic subjectivity, and how elements of that experience can be designed, while keeping in mind the whole.

This course approached the overarching topic not from any particularly technical perspective, but via direct, physical inquiry into the circumstances of the city around us, coupled to a wide and occasionally heterodox reading in the literature of architecture and urbanism.

Armed with the insights gleaned from these activities, at the end of this course, students will be well prepared to consider the nature of emergent technological systems and their implications for the life of cities and their inhabitants.