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A tale of three cities, or: The smart city as will and category errorAG

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:45:34 +0000

The following short piece is my contribution to Imminent Commons, the catalogue accompanying the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. I hope you enjoy it. Humanity is now, we are so often told, an urban species. Though there are real questions as to what the numbers actually mean, the statistics on planetary urbanization are […]

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US book tour dates, Fall 2017 (rolling updates)AG

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:50:03 +0000

Here’s a list of some upcoming Radical Technologies events in selected East and West Coast cities during September and October. It’d be so lovely to see you at one (or more) of them. You may want to check back to see if I’ve added a talk in your city, by the way, as this itinerary […]

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The extended AcknowledgmentsAG

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:51:11 +0000

With Radical Technologies finally out and — to my amazement and deep satisfaction — receiving the most extraordinarily generous notices, I think it’s a good moment to pause, take a breath, and take stock of how it is that I’ve rolled up on these shores. In the course of a life, if you’re very lucky, […]

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An index, 2017AG

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:27:48 +0000

I thought you might enjoy seeing the draft index I compiled for Radical Technologies, now available for pre-order on Amazon. If nothing else, it’ll give you an idea of the book’s main concerns, and maybe even a sense of its arguments. Radical Technologies launches worldwide on May 30th, 2017.   # 15M movement (110, 169) 3arabizi (311) […]

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Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life, now available for pre-orderAG

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:33:14 +0000

The other night I selected-all in a file on Google Docs and turned the entire text bright red. This was my signal to my editor Leo that I’d made the final round of edits on the last outstanding chapter I owed him. And this, in turn, means that after eight years and eleven months, I’m […]

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“What Shapes The City?”: Upcoming talk at University of Toronto, November 21stAG

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:08:53 +0000

Just want to give you a real quick heads-up on a talk I’m pretty jazzed about: on November 21st, I’ll be speaking at an event called “What Shapes The City?,” at the architecture school of the University of Toronto. What’s got me so amped for this? Well, did you happen to notice who I’m speaking […]

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Can you smell what I’m cooking?AG

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 10:30:26 +0000

This here’s the bibliography I put together for the last chapter of my Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life, forthcoming from Verso. I think it will probably give you a decent idea what I’m on about in this section of the book. UPDATE: Dang, I just noticed that my copy-and-paste out of Scrivener failed […]

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On the Master Bullshit MatrixAG

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:41:45 +0000

The following is a very lightly edited version of something I wrote for the newsletter I published on a weekly basis all through 2015. I always understood these pieces as ephemera, and so my policy was that there would be no persistent archive of them, and no way for anyone to read a weekly entry […]

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A brief note on “commoning”AG

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 14:56:29 +0000

I got taken to task the other day regarding my preference for the jargony-seeming construction “commoning” over the more usual “commons.” (The specific wording: “You say you hate bullshit, but ‘commoning’ seems like just so much bafflegab to me.”) This brilliant 2010 interview with key thinker/doers Massimo de Angelis and Stavros Stavrides ought to go […]

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On counter-hegemony, or: “I got it! We’ll have them write hit songs.”AG

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:07:33 +0000

At the moment, I’m neck-deep in my Verso stablemates Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams’s still-newish book Inventing the Future; things remaining more or less stable schedulewise, I’ll most likely finish it later on today, or tomorrow at the latest. It’s a strange book, Inventing. You may have caught some of the buzz around it, and […]

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