Post-WPA Symposium - Open notes

[The WPA 2.0 jury as curated by cityLAB - from left to right: Stan Allen, Thom Mayne, Marilyn Taylor, Cecil Balmond, Liz Diller, Walter Hood.]

[The WPA 2.0 jury as curated by cityLAB - from left to right: Stan Allen, Thom Mayne, Marilyn Taylor, Cecil Balmond, Liz Diller, Walter Hood.]

Here are my iphone notes from the Symposium. My fine colleagues at The Dirt have done far better in capturing the full spectrum of the day... but I give you here my open notes (doodles and commentaries omitted).  Better late than never...

Policy v Design

New problems for a new century

Its about resources

Dissolve discipline and scale boundaries

Field-like infrastructures tendencies: 1) softer lighter infra OR 2) piggy-backing on infra (Allen) solution thinking out problems

What is role of design here? media and comm infra - data access active (hwy) v passive (energy tap) infra Bombay slum micro-sewage.

Small becomes big.

Future infra is visible (working) (Taylor)

Infrastructure is sometimes in places we shouldn't be

Problem & solution OR Challenge & opportunity (InfraNet) distances between urban and footprint

Who manages?

Market vs government  

Energy transfer v entropy

Efficiency arguments always lose.

Place specificity

Structural change future of our profession

A way of thinking - tactically

Global Green & starbucks

Starts from a hunch

Departure when data means something to you (Diller)

Question was more a solution than a question.

Solutions were a priori (Mayne)

Data is soft not hard research v design

... NO its about a new typologies!! (InfraNet)

[WPA 2.0 post-party at the National Building Museum, Washington DC.]

[WPA 2.0 post-party at the National Building Museum, Washington DC.]

More can be found at WPA 2.0 website. Our hats off to Dana Cuff, Roger Sherman, Tim Higgins, and the cityLAB crew for a fantastic day and an energetic momentum to something much bigger.

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