[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

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

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)

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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