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EP 36: HAPPY MEDIUM (Keller Easterling)

New Models Podcast

Architect and writer KELLER EASTERLING joins New Models to speak about her recent book "Medium Design: Knowing How to Work on the World" (Verso, 2021), which invites us to expand our thinking about infrastructure from one of discrete things to the messy, polyvalent relations and conditions they share. Along the way we touch on the potentials of Web3 and ramifications of small changes at scale. / This conversation is presented as part of Stolbun Institute's inaugural season, "Shadowlands." For more:https://kellereasterling.com https://www.versobooks.com/books/3245-medium-designhttps://stolbun.institute is a new initiative from Seth Stolbun & the Stolbun Collection for coordinating cultural content across outlets in the face of an increasingly atomized media landscape.

1hr 8mins

24 May 2021

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Keller Easterling - Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space


On a blazing steed of heat and light, Death // Sentence arrives once again. This time around, Langdon and Eden navigate the post-modern labyrinth that is the Suez Canal stoppage, unravelling the blood-ritual at its core. Then, they discuss "Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space" by Keller Easterling, a mind-boggling, expansive analysis of how capital uses Free Trade Zones, mobile networks, and standardization to move around the world.FEATURED MUSIC:Cirith Ungol - Brutish Manchild https://bit.ly/2PrkPZ6Boss Keloid - Gentle Clovishttps://bosskeloid.bandcamp.com/album/family-the-smiling-thrush

1hr 38mins

25 Apr 2021

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In conversation with Keller Easterling

Tank Magazine Podcast

In conversation with Keller Easterling Solutions are mistakes. So argues architect and writer Keller Easterling in her latest book Medium Design. Between smug resignation to the status quo and blind faith in app-for-that interventions, Easterling sets out a cunning methodology for effecting change in a world swarming with vast, entangled systems that defy easy comprehension. Through case studies spanning self-driving cars, climate migration and urban sprawl, Easterling rehearses a way of seeing that prioritises interplay over objects, latent tendencies over declared intentions and tacit knowledge over top-down masterplans. Here, she discusses ideological monotheism, space as an information system and moving beyond our stubborn addiction to certainty. 


18 Mar 2021

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1295: Experiments in medium design / Keller Easterling

This Is Hell!

Writer Keller Easterling on new ways of seeing the world and its possibilities, and her book "Medium Design: Knowing How to Work on the World" from Verso Books.https://www.versobooks.com/books/3245-medium-design

1hr 11mins

9 Feb 2021

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No Normal | Keller Easterling in Conversation with Shumi Bose

RadicalxChange Replayed

COVID-19 is an x-ray of racial injustice, inequality, and ineffectual government as well as a rehearsal for climate catastrophe. It exposes a modern mind that maintains the myth of solutions, newness, freedom, and universals. That mind gives authority to new digital technologies, econometrics, and law, to segregate and eliminate problems. COVID graphically models the productive entanglement between problems as well as forms for re-tuning and redesigning those entanglements. Interplay itself is the form—protocols of interplay that resist solutions or modular methodologies. Unfolding over time and indeterminate in order to be practical, they generate lumpy mixtures of different kinds of artifacts in space. Consider design protocols that deal with, among many other things, automation, migration, police defunding, cooperative land tenure, coastal retreat, reforestation and compounding reparations. SPEAKERSKeller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. A recently published e-book essay titled Medium Design (Strelka Press, 2018) previews a forthcoming book of the same title. Medium Design inverts an emphasis on object and figure to prompt innovative thought about both spatial and non-spatial problems. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) which researched familiar spatial products in difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world. Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999) which applied network theory to a discussion of American infrastructure, and Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), which considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Easterling is a 2019 United States Artist Fellow in Architecture and Design. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Blueprint Award for Critical Thinking. Her MANY project, an online platform facilitating migration through an exchange of needs, was exhibited at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Her research and writing on the floor comprised one of the elements in Rem Koolhaas's Elements exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale. Easterling is also the co-author (with Richard Prelinger) of Call it Home: The House that Private Enterprise Built, a laserdisc/DVD history of US suburbia from 1934–1960. She has published web installations including: Extrastatecraft, Wildcards: a Game of Orgman and Highline: Plotting NYC. Easterling has exhibited at Henry Art Gallery, the Istanbul Design Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Rotterdam Biennale, the Queens Museum and the Architectural League. Easterling has lectured and published widely in the United States and abroad. The journals to which she has contributed include Domus, Artforum, Grey Room, Cabinet, Volume, Assemblage, e-flux, Log, Praxis, Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, and ANY. Shumi Bose is a teacher, curator and editor based in London. She is a senior lecturer in history and theory of architecture at Central Saint Martins, and teaches Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. She is also curator of exhibitions at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Exhibitions include Freestyle: Architectural Adventures in Mass Media, a RIBA commission by Space Popular, currently on both virtual and shuttered physical display, and Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo Georgian Architecture, with Pablo Bronstein in 2017. . Shumi co-curated Home Economics at the British Pavilion, for the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016, exploring the future of the home through a series of 1:1 domestic proposals. In 2012, she was curatorial collaborator and publications editor for Sir David Chipperfield on Common Ground, the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Shumi has held editorial positions at Blueprint, Strelka Press, Afterall, Volume and the Architects’ Journal, and contributes to titles including PIN UP, Metropolis and Avery Review. In 2015, she co-founded the publication Real Review, currently run by Jack Self. Recent publications include Spatial Practices: Modes of Action and Engagement with the City (ed. Mel Dodd, Routledge, 2019), Home Economics (The Spaces, 2016), Places for Strangers (with mæ architects, Park Books, 2014) and Real Estates (with Fulcrum, Bedford Press, 2014).


28 Nov 2020

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83. Keller Easterling

Scratching the Surface

Keller Easterling is an architect, writer, and professor at Yale University. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space examines global infrastructure networks as a medium of polity, and she's written about architecture, design, and building for various publications. In this conversation, Keller and I talk about studying theater, how she ended up in architecture and her desire to move away from it, and the role of criticism in the discourse. Links from this episode can be found at scratchingthesurface.fm.


11 Jul 2018

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„Město nejsou budovy, ale vztahy a interakce,“ říká architektka Keller Easterling

Otevřené hlavy

„Chci víc než mít pravdu,“ říká architektka, teoretička a urbanistka Keller Easterling. Popisuje tak svou celoživotní snahu odkrývat mechanismy, kterými se vytváří podoba našich měst. Profesorka z Yale patří k nejprogresivnějšímu proudu současné teorie designu. Bavili jsme se s ní o neviditelném vlivu mimovládních organizací na naše životy nebo o výhodách, které přináší přemýšlení o městě jako počítačovém programu.


19 Apr 2018

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Keller Easterling in Conversation with Jarrett Ley

GSAPP Conversations

Jarrett Ley, a dual degree graduate student in the Architecture and Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices program at GSAPP speaks with Keller Easterling on the occasion of her lecture on April 4, 2018. They discuss her work investigating infrastructure space, which Easterling describes as “a set of rules and relationships in which buildings and activities are suspended”, and how it’s shifted since the 2016 election. They also touch on whether architects have to be right—and if not, what else should they strive for? “Maybe space itself is the underexploited medium of contemporary innovation? One that allows for mixtures of information systems and really lumpy, really rich mixtures. That’s the thing I’m advocating for.” –Keller Easterling More information on Keller Easterling at http://kellereasterling.com/ More information on her lecture at https://www.arch.columbia.edu/events/808-keller-easterling


13 Apr 2018

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Keller Easterling on Free Zones and the Origins and Global Impact of SEZs


Keller Easterling, architect and professor at Yale, discusses her research on free zones (aka Special Economic Zones). We start by discussing the history of free zones and whether the Chinese success stories of SEZs such as Shenzhen drove their proliferation around the world. We also discuss a few more next-generation free zone proposals such as the NEOM project in Saudi Arabia and Refugee Cities.


19 Dec 2017

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Keller Easterling: Shaping Our Future Right Now

The Laura Flanders Show

How do we shape our future, right now? Author and architect Keller Easterling discusses the role architects should take to shape a better world, and the invisible systems used by corporate power to exert control over populations. Also in this episode, we speak to scientist Helen Caldicott about facing the nuclear threat. All that, and a few words from Laura on police and women in crisis: the real vs the "seemingly violent".


7 Jul 2015