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LAURA FORLANO

design and technology + futures and cultures + aesthetics, ethics and politics

Review of Ligna’s ‘The First International of Shopping Malls’ (Cork, Ireland)

Review Furtherfield, November 12, 2013 Murakami’s novel After Dark (2007) which refers to both the mobile phone as well as the retail environment of the 7-Eleven seems a fitting place to begin a review of a new media art project that uses... Continue Reading →

Ethnography as Time Travel

Ethnographies from the Future: What can ethnographers learn from science fiction and speculative design? Ethnography Matters, September 2013 In the recent science fiction film Elysium, by South-African-Canadian director Neill Blomkamp and Matt Damon, the world has descended into a dystopia... Continue Reading →

What is Service Design?

What is Service Design? From finance to healthcare to media, New York’s economy is primarily driven by services. Yet our understanding of what design offers is rooted in products and places rather than how those things operate or how people... Continue Reading →

Amplify: Creative and Sustainable Lifestyles on the Lower East Side

Amplify: Creative and Sustainable Lifestyles on the Lower East Side Are we growing more than plants? This question — blown up in large pink letters on a white wall in a small gallery on the Lower East Side — frames... Continue Reading →

Service Design Futures

Service Design Futures What does theater have to do with service design? This question was addressed in a presentation, “Dramaturgy of Services,” by Roman Aebersold, a designer from Lucerne School of Art and Design in Switzerland, who has been a... Continue Reading →

Design and Politics on the Lower East Side

Design and Politics on the Lower East Side Is design depoliticizing? Can design politicize? Will it enable the emergence of a new kind of politics? These are some of the many questions—both theoretical and practical--raised during the first workshop of... Continue Reading →

WiFi Geographies: When Code Meets Place

WiFi Geographies: When Code Meets Place Over the past decade, since the Internet’s mainstream adoption in 1995, scholars have used a plethora of spatial metaphors to describe the spaces and places of digital information. However, in the current moment, a... Continue Reading →

Do you need me? Do you want me?: The Secret Lives of Objects

Do you need me? Do you want me?: The Secret Lives of Objects He looks around to make sure no one is watching him and sets the phone down next to the boxes of cheese. The little silver telephone fits... Continue Reading →

The Invisible Politics of the Public Airwaves

The Invisible Politics of the Public Airwaves Last month, as part of Breakout! - a collaborative team project that is part of the Architecture League’s ongoing Toward the Sentient City exhibit – a small group including NYCwireless co-founder Anthony Townsend... Continue Reading →

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