Moderators: Dana Cuff, University of California, Los Angeles
Richard Sommer, University of Toronto
Panelists: Alexander Galloway, New York University
Eric Gordon, Emerson College
Laura Kurgan, Columbia University
Jesse Shapins, Harvard University
This panel responds to the widening gulf between ever-proliferating techniques for describing and analyzing the contemporary city and the failure of those analyses to engender new technologies for urban transformation and civic engagement. It is time that these methods were evaluated, both in terms of their utility in projecting the urban future and in terms of their capacity to address new and existing audiences with the necessary agency to help realize the futures they project.