From the Architectural League NY:
From Mobile Playgrounds to Sweatshop City
Trebor Scholz and Laura Y. Li
The Situated Technologies Pamphlets series explores the implications of ubiquitous computing for architecture and urbanism. How is our experience of the city and the choices we make in it affected by mobile communications, pervasive media, ambient informatics, and other “situated” technologies? How will the ability to design increasingly responsive environments
alter the way architects conceive of space? What do architects need to know about urban computing, and
what do technologists need to know about cities? Situated Technologies
Pamphlets will be published in nine issues and will be edited by a
rotating list of leading researchers and practitioners from architecture,
art, philosophy of technology, comparative media study, performance studies, and engineering.
In Situated Technologies Pamphlets 7, Trebor Scholz and Laura Y. Liu reflect on the relationship between labor and technology in urban space where communication, attention, and physical movement generate financial value for a small number of private stakeholders. Online and off, Internet users are increasingly wielded as a resource for economic amelioration, for private capture, and the channels of communication are becoming increasingly inscrutable. Liu and Scholz ask: How does the intertwining of labor and play complicate our understanding of exploitation?
Omar Khan, Trebor Scholz, Mark Shepard
For more information, go to www.situatedtechnologies.net.