Software as Infrastructure

Within the history of computing, the dichotomy between hardware and software has been stubbornly persistent. Yet the understanding of hardware as a mere offering of computational power, waiting to be used by software, is false. As networked devices become smaller, more personal, more intimate, more quotidian, more indistinguishable from daily life and the self alike, it is use value, not abstract potential, that drives the future of technological progress.

Editors
Nick Axel
Nikolaus Hirsch

Software as Infrastructure is a project by e-flux Architecture as part of "Eyes of the City" at the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen).

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Space Popular
FREESTYLE
David A. Banks
Where Do You Live?
Andrew Witt
Feral Autonomies
Amelyn Ng
7D Vision
Nick Axel and Nikolaus Hirsch
Editorial
Contributors
David A. Banks

David A. Banks writes about urbanism, engineering, and capitalism, and directs the Globalization Studies program at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is co-chair of Theorizing the Web, and along with Jenny Davis, co-editor of The Society Pages' Cyborgology.

Amelyn Ng

Amelyn Ng is an Australian architect, writer, and cartoonist currently working on issues in graphics, epistemology, and theories of information-richness. She is a 2019 Wortham Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture, and a graduate of the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices (CCCP) program at Columbia GSAPP.

Mary Ann O'Donnell

Mary Ann O’Donnell is an independent artist-ethnographer and co-founder of the Handshake 302 Art Space in Shenzhen. Since 2005, she has been blogging at Shenzhen Noted. With Winnie Wong and Jonathan Bach, she co-edited the volume Learning from Shenzhen (University of Chicago Press 2017).

Helen Runting

Helen Runting is an architectural theorist and planner, and a founding partner in the Stockholm-based architecture practice Secretary. Her work, which spans research and practice, is motivated by an interest in architecture’s capacity to shape and facilitate life at the scale of the population.

Space Popular

Space Popular is a multidisciplinary design and research practice led by Lara Lesmes & Fredrik Hellberg. They create spaces, objects, and events in both physical and virtual space, concentrating on how the two realms will blend together in the near future.

Andrew Witt

Andrew Witt is an Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard GSD. He is also co-founder, with Tobias Nolte, of Certain Measures, a Boston/Berlin-based design futures and technology incubator that combines imagination and evidence for scalable approaches to spatial problems.

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