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Urban Intermedia: The City Between Experience and Information

02 May 9:00am
Organized by: Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative
Venue: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
3 James St

The irreducible complexity of the contemporary urban makes communication and collaboration across disciplinary borders essential, and calls for new intermedial research methods that make it possible to examine multiple factors in unstable conditions from a range of disciplinary perspectives. This daylong workshop engages directly with methods and media of urban research. It explores the ways in which the digitized information, communication and media technologies we use to visualize and understand the contemporary urban not only condition what we see, but also shape the kinds of knowledge that our research produces and the ways in which we conceptualize the urban itself. These conditions call for direct critical engagement with the recursive and mutually remediating relationship between the tools and objects of our research. We will thus explore how new intermedial and cross-disciplinary methods allow us to frame questions that bridge sites and disciplines to probe multidimensional conditions of the contemporary urban.



Eve BlauAdjunct Professor of the History and Theory of Urban Form and DesignHarvard Graduate School of Design

Julie BucklerSamuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative LiteratureDepartment of Slavic Languages and LiteraturesDirector of the Humanities Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced StudyHarvard University

Erik GhenoiuResearch Program Manager, Harvard-Mellon Initiative on UrbanismHarvard Graduate School of DesignWebsite: 

Robert PietruskoAssistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban PlanningHarvard Graduate School of Design


Panel I: The Mediated UrbanModerator: Eve Blau, GSD, HarvardLev Manovich, CUNY Graduate CenterMark Shepard, SUNY BuffaloOrit Halpern, New School for Social Research

Panel II: NarrativeModerator: Julie Buckler, FAS, HarvardRobb Moss, FAS, HarvardPeter Galison, FAS, HarvardLaura Frahm, FAS, Harvard

Panel III: Public Data and PoliticsModerator: Robert Pietrusko, GSD, HarvardDietmar Offenhuber, Northeastern UniversityLaura Kurgan, Columbia UniversityCatherine D’Ignazio, Emerson College and MIT



Image: Robert Gerard Pietrusko/Warning Office: Cartographic Grounds (still)