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I am not sick. The world is sick.

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 16:01:55 +0000

After I learned all this, and what it means for us all, I started to long for the power to go back in time and speak to my teenage self on the day he was told a story about his depression that was going to send him off in the wrong direction for so many … Continue reading I am not sick. The world is sick.



“Engineers try to do politics by changing infrastructure.”

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:41:25 +0000

From an interview with Fred Turner: What are the “politics of infrastructure”? What does that phrase mean? It means several different things. First, it involves the recognition that the built environment, whether it’s built out of tarmac or concrete or code, has political effects. I was joking earlier about reshaping the Forum, but I shouldn’t … Continue reading “Engineers try to do politics by changing infrastructure.”



Gig alert: “Beneath the city streets: urban infrastructure and its invisibility”, Sheffield Hallam, 1 March 2018

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:30:10 +0000

Attention, urbanists and infrastructure-heads who are geographically proximate to Sheffield, UK (or who just really like travelling a long way for seminars): Luke “Bunkerology” Bennett is chairing a panel discussion on 1st March 2018 at Sheffield Hallam University under the title “Beneath the city streets: urban infrastructure and its invisibility”. It’s free to attend, but you’ll … Continue reading Gig alert: “Beneath the city streets: urban infrastructure and its invisibility”, Sheffield Hallam, 1 March 2018



That was the year that was

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 11:07:27 +0000

I still vaguely recall my mother’s 40th birthday back in 1987; that was the golden era of the catchphrase “life begins at 40!”, and I heard it repeated many times that year in many tonal variations, from sincere statement of aspiration to bitter statement of crushed hope. I turned forty this year. And I guess … Continue reading That was the year that was



The solutionism of the Hope Police

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:31:36 +0000

Of course, if you really need to blame someone, look no further than those naysayers over in the corner; they’re the ones who didn’t Dream Big enough, after all. They’re the ones who failed to Inspire the rest of us. Don’t blame us when the boulder squashes you flat; blame them, for “making us all fear … Continue reading The solutionism of the Hope Police