In the upcoming New Geographies 07: “Geographies of Information”, the editors, Ali Fard and Taraneh Meshkani, aim to examine the forms, imprints, places, and territories in which the dynamism and fluidity of contemporary networks of information and communication are crystallized. While the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and space is understandably complex and transcends rigid structuration, the characteristic dualities of these technologies—their physical and virtual materialities, articulated through hardware and software systems—have for the most part dominated the spatial reading of these technologies (i.e. virtual vs. physical space). Yet the increasing intricacy of the imbrication of the digital and the physical cannot be solely understood through this dualism. This calls for a hybrid reading of the geography of information and a contextualization of the interaction between the virtual and the physical imprints of ICTs. NG07 is framed as a response to the immaterial, friction-less, acontextual, and non-spatial ideologies that continue to surround contemporary information and communication technologies. As such, it seeks historical perspectives, theoretical framings, and new design paradigms that contribute to a more grounded understanding of the kind of hybrid spaces that ICTs generate, the scales at which they operate, and the processes by which this production of space is manifested in both advanced and emerging economies.
NEW GEOGRAPHIES 08: ISLAND
Daniel Daou & Pablo Pérez Ramos September 2015
As a master metaphor, the island has been a fecund source of inspiration in a multitude of domains. From More’s ”Utopia” to Darwin’s evolutionary theory to Ungers’ archipelago, insights derived from “island thinking” are commonly extrapolated across scales and fields. The recurrence and appeal of the island metaphor lie in its capacity to simplify the complex and to frame the apparently unbounded. Yet the island seems to confront current ontological mainstreams in the geographic and its articulation into the design fields: globalization’s motifs of openness and interconnectedness, and ecology’s privileging of environmental processes and flows over forms and boundaries, challenge the pertinence of the island as a cognitive device for territorial description and intervention. New Geographies 08 proposes an epistemological pulse between the ultimate loss of the exterior implied in the planetary upscaling of territorial interpretations towards an idea of the world as a whole, and the need to rearrange new boundaries in an environment frequently explained through the process-oriented lens of ecology. An “atlas” of islands, New Geographies 08 will explore the new limits of islandness, and will gather examples to reassert its relevance for the design disciplines.