The Critical Futures Lab investigates the aesthetics and politics of infrastructure at scale.
It occupies the liminal spaces between critical social science theory and generative design methods. Through prototypes, experiments and explorations — bridging creative thinking and critical making — the Lab engages with complex socio-technical (political, cultural, economic, ethical and environmental) questions about the conditions of everyday working and living in cities in the context of ongoing economic and environmental crises. These varied and multidisciplinary activities — informed by science and technology studies, media studies and communications — intend to bring together diverse viewpoints in order to raise vital questions and alternative possibilities. In particular, the Lab is concerned with the ways in which the digital is materialized, contextualized and embodied across a variety of scales, from city infrastructures to the built environment, and from interactive objects to digital bodies.