Upcoming Panel on Intelligent Infrastructure

Wireless infrastructure allows cities previously unimagined levels of adaptability, with mobile telephony serving to organize people, practices and policy.  What does this new paradigm mean for architects and planners?  Find out at SPUR's [San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Assoc]  panel discussion and reception on September 12 at 6:00pm in San Francisco.  A book signing will follow the discussion. 

For more information: http://www.spur.org/about/our-mission-and-history

Award for Faculty Excellence in Research

On May 4, 2017, I was honored at a reception by Dean Harleman of the College of Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Illinois. The Faculty Excellence in Research Award recognizes a sustained record of research and creative work, as demonstrated though publications, exhibitions, successful grant applications, and invited lectures.  

Post Digital U Turn

The "Collaborative for the Critical Study of Technology" at UIUC (of which I am a founding member) fosters experiments in theory and interdisciplinarity.  Last week, CCST hosted a lecture by Lawrence Liang (Yale University/Ambedkar University) and Nishant Shah (Leuphana University) titled "The Post-Digital U-turn." It featured some of Lawrence's work with pad.ma - the wonderfully visual, accessible, and voluminous film archive and data base.

Susan Koshy directs CCST -- a humanities based research group that investigates how technological applications link up with other social developments in culture, politics, ethics, and public policy.      https://criticism.english.illinois.edu/

Tierney lectures on Design Thinking

Last Thursday I lectured at the Erlanger House and the place was packed, one of the best evenings of the series hosted by PhD candidates in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. My lecture topic was "The Researcher as a Creative Agent of Change" and I discussed Design Theory & Methologies from 1940-present time including First Gen thinking, Berkeley's 2nd Gen rebuttal and then closing with issues related to telepistemologies with reference to work currently being completed by artist and roboticist Ken Goldberg. 


Work from my graduate level design studio is featured in an exhibition, "Megastructures: Explorations in Parametric Design" in the West Gallery at Temple Buell Hall UIUC from March 26 - April 8th.  It features projects by: Ann Erskine,  MohonaMurad, David O’Donoghue, Vincent Lee, Lena Reiff, Chaoran Wang.

Chapter Published in "Foundations in Mobile Media Studies"

Jason Farman included my chapter "Reappropriating Social Media" in Foundations of Mobile Media Studies: Essential Texts on the Formation of a Field (Routledge 2017).  This carefully curated collection serves as the central text to anyone eager to understand the rise of mobile technology, its impact on our relationships, and how these media have transformed the ways we understand the world around us.

New Book Just Released - Intelligent Infrastructure

Representing over seven years of research, University of Virginia Press published "Intelligent Infrastructure: Zipcars, Invisible Networks and Urban Transformation." 

"The collected essays carry forward a set of ideas both inspired and articulated by William Mitchell on how a post-carbon landscape could reshape urban transportation practices."  - Nik Luka, PhD, McGill University

The book argues that knowledge of both the visible and invisible components--information, energy, sustainability, transportation, housing, and social practices--are critical to understanding today's urban environment. The dynamic and diverse cast of contributors includes Mitchell Schwarzer, Frederic Stout, Anthony Townsend, Carlo Ratti of the MIT SENSEable City Lab, Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE, and many other innovators who are changing the urban landscape.

Keynote Essay for AR: "Public Space Rewired"

The March issue of The Architectural Review [AR] features my invited keynote essay “Public Space Rewired”  (London: vol. CCXLI, no. 1438: Shared Space/Women in Architecture 2017).  The AR is the leading authority on contemporary architecture, a position it has held unrivaled since 1896 with a global readership of over 60,000 subscribers and over 140,000 unique social media readers each month.

Kritik: Review of Network Urbanism

Peter Thompson wrote a review of my public lecture "Networked Urbanism: Geographies of Information" for the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Theory at University of Illinois.  It appears in the recent edition of Kritik --  http://unitcrit.blogspot.com/2016/10/therese-tierney-networked-urbanism.html

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. http://www.acsa-arch.org/programs-events/conferences/administrators-conference/2016-administrators-conference

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!  http://criticism.english.illinois.edu/


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]  http://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/4831

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!    http://ajar.arena-architecture.eu/



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.   http://nowtheremdp.tumblr.com/


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.