Blackout: Failures of Power and the City

December 2009

I’m excited. I’M REALLY EXCITED

http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/blackout.html

Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG will be teaching a research seminar at Pratt’s school of arch. next spring whut whut.

“But how do blackouts also affect the form, function, social experience, and even ecology of the city? What do blackouts do to infrastructure—from hospitals to police and traffic systems—as well as to the cultural lives of a city’s residents? While blackouts can lead to a surge incrime and looting, they can also catalyze informal concerts, sleep-outs, and neighborhood festivities. Further, how do such things as “dark sky ” regulations transform what we know as nighttime in the city—and how does the temporary disappearance of electrical light change the city for species other than humans? This raises a final point: before electricity, cities at night presented a fundamentally different spatio-cultural experience. That is, the pre-industrial night was always blacked-out (something to consider when we read that, according to the International Energy Agency, nearly 25% of the global human population currently lacks access to electricity).”

i hope his seminar’s time agrees with my schedule…

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