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Published on Apr 8, 2015
Architect/urbanist/writer Keller Easterling will address the theme of her book, Extrastatecraft (Verso, 2014): repeatable formulas such as spatial products and free zone cities make most of the space in the world. Some of the world’s most radical changes are being written in the language of this almost infrastructural spatial matrix. It generates de facto forms of polity that can outpace law, and it is the secret weapon of some of the world’s most powerful players. Infrastructure space is itself an information system—a spatial operating system for shaping the city. However unlikely it may seem, this space can bring to our art a new relevance, as well as additional aesthetic pleasures and political capacities. Following Prof. Easterling's talk, Charles Waldheim, John E. Irving Professor of Landscape Architecture and chair of the Landscape Architecture Department, will join her in a conversation and moderate a discussion.