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INFRANET LAB
Co-Director

THE PETROPOLIS OF TOMORROW
Research Director

THE URBAN WORKS AGENCY
Co-Director

Publications

PUBLICATION LIST
2007—Present

THE PETROPOLIS OF TOMORROW
Actar, 2013

URBANISM FROM WITHIN
SF Planning Department, 2015

BRACKET 4 [TAKES ACTION]
Actar, 2016

BRACKET 2 [GOES SOFT]
Actar 2013

THE AGENT
Urban Works Agency, 2013—Present

PAMPHLET ARCHITECTURE 30
Princeton Architectural Press, 2010

—ARIUM
Hatje Cantz, 2010

THE INFRASTRUCTURAL SPACE OF APPEARANCE
OWS, 2007

SUBURBIA AFTER THE CRASH
Volume / Archis Magazine, 2006

 

Bracket [Goes Soft]
Neeraj Bhatia & Lola Sheppard (Editors)
Actar Publishing, 2013

Bracket 2 examines physical and virtual soft systems, as they pertain to infrastructure, ecologies, landscapes, environments, and networks. In an era of declared crises—economic, ecological and climatic, amongst others– the notion of soft systems has gained increasing traction as a counterpoint to permanent, static and hard systems. Acknowledging fluid and indeterminate situations with complex feedback loops that allow for reaction and adaption, the possibility of soft systems has re-entered the domain of design. Bracket 2 critically positions and defines soft systems through 27 projects and 12 articles divided into the themes “sensing/ feedback”; “interfacing/ enveloping”; “subverting/ hijacking”; “formatting/ distributing”; “contingency/ resilience”; “diffusing/ generating”. From soft politics, soft power and soft spaces to fluid territories, software and soft programming, Bracket 2 unpacks the use and role of responsive, indeterminate, flexible, and immaterial systems in design.

The editorial board and jury for Bracket 2 includes Benjamin Bratton, Julia Czerniak, Jeffrey Inaba, Geoff Manaugh, Philippe Rahm, Charles Renfro, as well as co-editors Neeraj Bhatia and Lola Sheppard.

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