“Swarm Cities” on How We Get to Next

April 26th, 2016 | Category: About, Announcements

Very happy to announce my first piece for Steven Johnson‘s How We Get to Next. Their theme for April is “Metropolis,” so I did a little piece about what I’ve termed “swarm cities.”


Here’s an excerpt:

Our capital-driven, networked societies produce, more than anything else, ephemeral things — that is, things that are built, not to last, but to disappear and be displaced by newer versions of themselves. As David Byrne wrote in his Bicycle Diaries, cities “are physical manifestations of our deepest beliefs and our often unconscious thoughts, not so much as individuals, but as the social animals we are.” If our collective consciousness is flitting and flickering from one thing to the next, so shall our cities follow suit.

They even used my sketch of Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” sculpture here in Chicago:

Cloud Gate

Many thanks to Ian Steadman and everyone at How We Get to Next, Read the whole piece here.