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Circulation Desk

Little Black Boxes

For the Circulation Desk, five books explore the stuff that binds us together in infrastructure networks public and private, old and new.

Urban Memory Infrastructure

A city needs memory like it needs streets, trees, and people. But how do we build an infrastructure to contain and deliver the city's history? Ben Vershbow, former director of NYPL Labs, talks with Shannon Mattern about libraries as stewards of the past in the age of Google Maps.

City of Cycling: Networks

Map It and They Will Bike

The Harbor Ring would interconnect the waterfronts of Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bayonne, Jersey City, Hoboken, and Manhattan — and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge could be the missing link. Paul Gertner, chair of Transportation Alternatives' Harbor Ring Committee tells SLO about the longstanding effort to complete the Ring and unite the harbor region.

The People vs. the Staten Island Bus Network

Can civic hackers fix the sprawling borough's bus system? Kennett Werner reports on the first-ever Staten Island Bus Hackathon.

A More Resilient Neighborhood, Just Beyond the Grid

Aaron Reiss dives into Beyond the Grid, an ambitious plan underway in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan to create a more resilient, connected, and sustainable Lower East Side by fusing heating, power, and communications infrastructures.

Profiles in Public Service

The Anatomy of Emergency

James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the NYC Office of Emergency Management, dissects the process by which data turns into emergency response and reminds us that effectiveness in a crisis requires long-term planning supported by accurate information.

Profiles in Public Service

Actionable Cartographies

The New York Public Library’s geospatial librarian Matt Knutzen discusses his stewardship of half a million maps and 20,000 atlases and the contemporary applications of this vast, historical collection.

Profiles in Public Service

The Analytics of Fire

Jeffrey Roth, the Assistant Commissioner for Management Initiatives at the New York City Fire Department, explains how his team is pushing the boundaries of analytics to inform operations and improve government stewardship of public resources.

Against the Smart City

Adam Greenfield critiques the prevailing definition of the "smart city" and calls for an alternative vision that understands and responds to the messy realities of human existence.

Local Connections: The Red Hook WiFi Project

Tony Schloss and Jonathan Baldwin discuss how their initiative leverages locally controlled infrastructure, community-based applications, and youth capacity building to provide a platform for local communication and Internet access in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Eco-Visualization: Aesthetics for Sustainability

Juliet Helmke traces the origins and prospects of a genre of art that aims to educate and more effectively influence consumer behavior through the reinterpretation of ecological data.

Multitasking Infrastructures: A Conversation with Sheila Kennedy and Veit Kugel

Sheila Kennedy and Veit Kugel discuss integrating natural systems, material innovation, and digital technology in projects that reflect a singular and synergistic approach to architecture, infrastructure, and civic space.

Pulses of Light Beneath the Streets

The release of a new book about the Internet's physical infrastructure inspires a closer look at how fiber optic cables are woven - literally - into the city's fabric.

Signal Space

Michael Chen investigates the physical, spatial and technological significance of the infrastructure of mobile communication networks.

City of Systems

City of Systems: Traffic Signal

In the first of a new video series about complex urban systems, we take a closer look at traffic signals citywide and visit the Traffic Management Center in Long Island City.

Lead Pencil Studio: Looking at Nothing

Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo describe their laser scanning studies of urban public spaces as an attempt to measure the invisible effect of shape and proportion on spatial experience.

Intelligent Cities

Susan Piedmont-Palladino and Scott Kratz talk about a National Building Museum initiative to explore how we live in cities today and how to make better decisions for our future.

Frameworks for Citizen Responsiveness: Towards a Read/Write Urbanism

Adam Greenfield ponders the ways citizens call out trouble spots in the urban landscape and asks how we might redesign the performance of that landscape itself.