Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
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Laboratory Island: NYC's quest to become the 'new technology capital of the world'

Monday, 24 August 2015

This Wednesday's ATCH Lunch will see Russell Hughes discussing "Laboratory Island": 

Between 2010 and 2013, New York City (NYC) Hall announced it would partner with academic institutions and corporate sponsors to create four new graduate-only digital engineering university campuses across the city. Titled Applied Science New York (ASNY), this initiative is designed to increase the probability that the next wave of high-growth technology companies will emerge in NYC, thereby transforming it into ‘the new technology capital of the world’. This paper will concentrate on the symbolic properties of this cyber-spatial enterprise as they emerge in three-dimensional space, in particular at the Louis Kahn designed Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, what is now the southern perimeter of the flagship ASNY campus, Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island.

The event will be held in the Exhibition Space of UQ's Zelman Cowen building. It will commence at 1:15pm. All are welcome.