The Infrastructural City

Event Details

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
6:30 PM

The Infrastructural City

The Studio for Urban Projects and SFMOMA’s Architecture + Design Forum presents
The Infrastructural City
Kazys Varnelis and David Fletcher with Ila Berman

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 6:30pm
SFMOMA’s Koret Center
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA

Urban infrastructure has long been deployed and managed by city planners to mediate the social, economic, and ecological effects of urban life. In this panel discussion Kazys Varnelis, editor of the book The Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles and director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, will speak with landscape architect David Fletcher and CCA professor Ila Berman on the status of infrastructure in American cities today.

Varnelis will discuss his research about the unintended consequences these systems produce and possibilities for engaging them more effectively. A contributing writer to The Infrastructural City, Fletcher will speak about the unusual and adaptive ecosystems that have evolved in the Los Angeles River Watershed, inviting us to rethink conventional concepts of “natural” and “local” conditions. Drawing on her own experience in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Berman will further expand the discussion of how we might rethink the physical systems meant to sustain our cities.

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