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InfraNet Lab is a research collective probing the spatial byproducts of contemporary resource logistics. The laboratory posits the argument that a body of unique built works continues to arise out of the complex negotiation of, and competition for, biotic and abiotic resources. Operating in a manner similar to infrastructures, these works have evolved to merge landscape, urbanism, and architecture into a sophisticated mutant assemblage of surfaces, containers, and conduits.

The globe’s networked ecologies of food, water, energy, and waste have established new infrastructures and forms of urbanism linking dispersed entities. These agglomerations evolve and shift as resources are uncovered or depleted. While these ecologies exist at the service of our contemporary lifestyles, they have typically remained hidden from view and from the public conscience. Yet as resources of food, fuel and water begin to run scarce, new resources are mined and new networks develop.

Long accepted patterns of globalization are being called into question as transportation costs soar and resources run scare, transforming mobility and trading patterns. New local, regional and international networks of goods, movement and trade are beginning to emerge. Infranet Lab is mining the physical infrastructure produced in the wake of these shifting / changing conditions. InfraNet Lab, in partnership with Archinect has initiated a new publication on these issues called [bracket] published annually by Actar. Please visit the website for information on current calls, and forthcoming editions.


Neeraj Bhatia, Maya Przybylski, Lola Sheppard, Mason White

Research Team

2008-2010: Ghazal Jafari, Kristin Ross, Valerie Tam, Fei-Ling Tseng, Sandy Wong, Joseph Yau

2010- : Nikole Bouchard, Fionn Byrne, Andria Fong, Dave Freedman, Kristin Ross, Matthew Spremulli, Fei-Ling Tseng, Ceara Watters, Shannon Wiley


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If you are interested in a research internship, please send a resume, work samples to the above address.



[...] a re-interpretation of dirt as a concept in the design process. The magazine includes articles by Infranet Lab, the initiators of [Bracket] Magazine, Joshua Craze, Kate Forde curator of Dirt, the filthy [...]

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