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End of the Year Highlights for Faculty Member, Shannon Mattern

For the past year School of Media Studies faculty member, Shannon Mattern has collaborated with the Architectural League of New York and the Center for an Urban Future to organize “Re-envisioning Branch Libraries,” a design study of the branch libraries in New York’s three library systems. Last spring, 45 teams submitted proposals, and a jury — of which Mattern was a member — chose five teams. Those teams presented their design approaches at a well-attended event at the Japan Society last Thursday. The teams will be sharing their ideas again in a public forum at The New School on Monday, January 12, 2015 in the Theresa Lang Community and Student Center. Mattern will be moderating the event.

This week, Mattern will be in Sweden, co-moderating a conference on “Genres of Scholarly Knowledge Production” at HUMlab in Umea. She’ll also be giving a talk on “Critiquing Platform Thinking”; you can find the text of that talk here. While abroad, Mattern will also be heading to Vienna to take part in the “Poetics of Infrastructure” symposium at the Instituts für Wissenschaft und Kunst on December 13, 2014. She’ll be delivering a presentation titled “Sense-able Structures: Infrastructural Aesthetics.”

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