Essay and Writing
Writing and Research
Essays and other writing
This article for Griffith Review’s Who We Are explored the history of migration in Parramatta, and how this ‘cradle of the colony’ is being re-imagined in an era of rapid social and cultural transformation in the city.
More and more of our daily lives – how we work, how we navigate, how we learn and how we entertain ourselves – take place through the interface of glowing rectangular screens. As a consequence there is mounting concern about what smartphones are doing to our attention spans, our capacity for random human interactions and our self-esteem.
It’s now widely recognised that, despite the rhetoric of technology vendors, much of the early investment in smart cities failed to demonstrate significant benefits to cities and their citizens.
Recent reflections from an emerging city indicators type on the downsides to liveability metrics.
Reinvigorating the space of Rutherford's Den in the heart of Christchurch, NZ, meant returning to the story of Ernest Rutherford's life, his imaginative and experimental genius as a scientist, and his impact on our modern world.
What is matter?
What is energy?
What is light?
Curious minds have asked these questions since ancient times. So begins our Radiant Matter installation for Rutherford's Den. Featured as a centrepiece of the new space, the installation creates an immersive space in which to experience historical ideas about the nature of light, matter and energy.
How do the spaces around us change the way we think? This question is the focus of a new physical interactive I've developed with the Esem Projects team for the Arts Centre of Christchurch. Do we really do our best thinking in an office, or classroom, or maybe its the best ideas that come in the shower, or while working in a cafe? Let the coloured magnets be a guide...
Ultimately, whether or not we want to call our cities ‘smart’, digital disruption is transforming our cities’ infrastructures and services in fundamental ways (ask any taxi driver).
I was very honoured to be invited to deliver the Workshop Keynote at the Smart Cities and Urban Innovation Symposium held at the University of NSW on June 1 2016. The event was a part of a rather excitable co-mingling of two Sydney festivals: the Vivid Festival and the Media Architecture Biennale.
The topic of my talk was 'Cities in the Age of the Platform'. This is all about the new practices, policies and problems for cities emerging in an era of platform scale. A full recording of the presentation is here.