July 11, 2008 - Volume Magazine - Issue #16 out now
July 11, 2008

Issue #16 out now

Volume Magazine #16:
‘SOCIAL ENGINEERING’

In stores this July

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Our society seems to be locked into a position in which the choice of the user and the voter determine our future ways of living. A disturbing forecast of a collective urban life in a giant Big Brother House looms; a material and social world in which the sensational media and its commercial translation is prevalent. Our sense of what is real and what is quality is on the verge of collapse. The practice and education of the engineers of this society is determined by short term effect instead of social responsibility. Culture is market, politics its façade and the city its stage. Instead of reviving old school high modernist social engineering or claiming here the need for an intellectual Junta, we solicit for new forms of social engineering. Where does this lead you?

Several forms of social engineering are addressed.
James C. Scott in an interview airs his fundamental critique on State driven large-scale social engineering
Desmond Kwame shows the slum removal and clearing operations in Harare and other Zimbabwean cities
Eyal Weizman describes how the Israeli military literally engineered the invisible Palestinian enemy using architectural theory as inspiration
Neville Mars displays how fear is becoming dominant in Chinese planning and how the Chinese dream is being constructed as a fortress.
Reinier de Graaf reveals in an interview OMA’s new architectural quest, namely to be an incubator of cultural resistance.
Steven Wassenaar gives evidence of how in Paris the eradication of ideals both political and urbanistic is in full swing
Michel Bauwens advocates that the ‘peer 2 peer’ concept is not simply a technology but a radical new way of democratic living.

Table of Contents:
Planning Paradise Arjen Oosterman
Principles of Great Stories Dick de Lange
User City in a Voter World Christian Ernsten and Joost Janmaat

Society
Seeing Like a Society
Interview with James C. Scott
Operation Murambatsvina Desmond Kwame
Engineering Trust Jan Willem Duyvendak
The Space of Experience Bill Thompson
Epistemological Attack! Eyal Weizman
Amateur as Pioneer Christian Bunyan
Disperse and Rule Justus Uitermark
The Mighty Model Gaby Heindl and Drehli Robnik
Manifesto Christian Ernsten and Joost Janmaat
Media Labs and Open Societies Andrew Bullen
Designing Society: Peer 2 Peer Michel Bauwens
Utopian History of Architecture

City
Up-TempoUrbanism Interview with Reinier de Graaf
Packaging Utopian Sustainability Matt Lewis
Chinese Dreams Neville Mars
Manifesto or City Interview with Pier Vittorio Aureli
Free Urbanism Jeroen Heester
Slums and Slabs Steven Wassenaar
1 in 23 Urban Think Tank
A Retroactive Lens on the Bijlmermeer Wouter Vanstiphout
Smart Governance Erik Gerritsen and Jeroen de Lange

Gaming
Who’s in Charge
Arjen Oosterman
How Sim City Changed the Game of Planning Edwin Gardner
A New Arena for Collective Activisme Jeremy Hight

Dossier
Social Engineering in the Amsterdam Metropolis
Office for Social Engineering

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