Smart & Connected Communities

On February 10, I will be speaking at the Workshop on Urban Mobility in the Era of Smart & Connected Communities, co-organized by the Chicago Department of Innovation & Technology, Department of Transportation, and the Array of Things (AoT). The workshop focuses on new opportunities to link growing data streams to critical urban challenges by providing more efficient mobility services.

Nov 3-6: ACSA Conference

I'll be in Chicago for Gaps & Overlaps: Interdisciplinarity in Architecure, so let's meet for coffee, etc! The conference is organized by Marshall Brown, IIT and Meejin Yoon, MIT: "What external interdisciplinary pressures exist today and what possibilities might they yield for architecture tomorrow?  This year in Chicago we will study the best examples of where gaps and overlaps have transformed programs, inspired pedagogical models, and charted new research territories." Bill Massie, Skylar Tibbets, Amanda Williams, and Jason Kelly Johnson, among others will be presenting their research.

Upcoming Network Urbanism Lecture

On Monday October 24, 2016, I will be presenting my research on "Networked Urbanism: Geographies of Information" at a Distinguished Faculty Lecture for the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.  James Hay, College of Media, will introduce the talk and Kevin Hamilton, College of Art & Design, will lead a discussion and response afterward.  The event will be held in 319 Greg Hall at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign at 4:00pm.  Hope to see you there!


Publication date announced

Representing over five years of global research, my new book on networked urbanism will be released soon!  With essays by Mitchell Schwarzer, Anthony Townsend, Bjarke Ingles, Carlo Ratti, Mitch Joachim (whose work is featured on the cover), Urban Think Tank, and others.  For more information see:  T.F. Tierney, Editor. Invisible Infrastructure: Zip cars, Invisible Networks and Urban Transformation. Charlotte, VA: University of Virginia Press [January 2017]

Tierney lectures at Peking University, Beijing

While completing my research and fieldwork on Asian megacities,  I was invited to present a lecture on Zipbox Housing: Optimized, On-Demand and Networked: New Typologies of Transit Oriented Development in the Urban Planning Department at Peking University (April 28, 2016).

AJAR: Architectural Research Journal

I'm serving on the Editorial Board for AJAR Research Journal: An Open Access peer-reviewed academic journal for architectural research, set up by ARENA (Architectural Research European Network Association), and administered by The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.  Content for the journal is organized under four sections: Design, Technology, Practice, and Humanities. We are now accepting submissions by doctoral students and younger researchers, as well as by established architects and academics, so please send us your essays!



During April and May, I will be traveling to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul to complete my fieldwork on intelligent infrastructure in Asian megacities.  I'm really looking forward to getting together with my former Berkeley colleagues and making some new friends.  Expect a more extensive blog with information soon!


Our thematic pavilion, Now There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City, curated by Mimi Zeiger and Tim Durfee, took home an award—the Bronze Dragon.  The Biennale's jury included Kristin Feireiss (Chair of Jury, Aedes Berlin), Paul Joseph Makovsky (Metropolis Magazine, New York), Aric Chen (Architecture curator of the M+ museum, Hong Kong), among others.


I will be presenting my research this week at MIT media lab's Disrupting Mobility:  A global summit investigating sustainable futures.  The international conference is co-convened by Ryan Chin, City Science Initiative MIT and Susan Shaheen, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, UC Berkeley.  Hope to see you there!    @tierneytoo@disruptmobility

November 11-13 2015

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Public Space of Social Media

Routledge announced that due to the success of The Public Space of Social Media: Connected Cultures of the Network Society, they have plans for a paperback edition! The book describes how the development of social networks is giving rise to new, increasingly fragmented realms, allowing for both expanded networks of communication and increased surveillance and control.  Public Space of Social Media explores the consequences of these changes, as they ultimately manifest themselves in the physical space of the city.

The Public Space of Social Media was a finalist for the Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Award in 2014.