CLASSICS BUILDING, ROOM 110
1010 E 59TH ST
In her recent publications Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space and Medium Design, writer and architect Keller Easterling thinks actively about our environments and what often goes unrecognized. She describes infrastructure not only as the pipes and cables underneath our cities or the roads across the surface, but also as the hidden rules that structure the spaces all around us. Designers, she suggests, might look beyond buildings to “the medium in which they’re suspended”—considering ground instead of figure or field instead of object, while focusing not on static materials, but instead on interdependencies and chain reactions.
Co-sponsored by the Art, Culture & Science Initiative at the University of Chicago.