Keller Easterling

Medium Design is a book that disrupts some dominant cultural habits of mind—among these the search for singular evils and singular solutions. It surveys a world with a spectrum of evils—capitalism, fascism, racism, whiteness, xenophobia, religious intolerance, psychotic leadership and countless other ways of hoarding power or abusing the planet. And it suggests that singular solutions or right answers are weak positions in the face political superbugs—whether they are political strongmen like Trump, Putin, Kim, or Bolsonaro or the bullet proof powers that circulate in the free zone economies of the world. Medium design considers a repertoire for political activism and dissensus that is sufficiently broad to disorient and outwit these powers. It foregrounds underexploited spatial forms of direct action to fortify this repertoire. Physical, spatial exchanges constitute heavy information that is different from abstractions in the anointed legal, econometric, or digital languages—abstractions that can sometimes cause automatic harm.

Space is a mixing chamber for the languages of many disciplines—a medium, medius, middle, or milieu. Forms for registering this design imagination are forms directing interplay—form not only for making things but also for making the way things go together. On the flip side of a modern Enlightenment mind that looks for the one and only solution or the binary fight, beyond “knowing that” or knowing the right answer, the designer “knows how” or is able to respond to an unfolding interplay over time. The modern mind that would regard new technologies as redemptive and successive instead finds greater sophistication in the quality of the mixtures between emergent and incumbent technologies. A medium designer is aware of the temperament of organizations, the capacity for violence embedded in arrangement, as well as other undeclared dispositions that may run counter to stated positions. Also while problems are typically treated as something to be hidden, discarded, or redeemed with a solution, medium design considers the productivity of multiplying and combining them. Excerpts from the following chapter consider these productive mixtures of problems with particular attention to climate change.

El Ejido

El Ejido

Ida Soulard, Abinadi Meza, and Bassam El Baroni, eds., Manual for a Future Desert (Milan: Mousse Publishing). — 2021

<em>Expansions</em>  Venice Biennale

Expansions Venice Biennale

2021

Release

Release  

Esperanto Culture Magazine — April 1, 2021

Things That Shouldn't Always Work

Things That Shouldn’t Always Work

ERA 21 Post Digitalni Architektura — 2019

The Switch

The Switch

Imre Szeman and Jeff Diamanti, eds., Energy Culture: Art and Theory on Oil and Beyond (West Virginia University Press). — 2019

Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

Unthought Environments — 2019

I Kan Beholde Jeres States_Borgerskab For Jer Selv

I Kan Beholde Jeres States_Borgerskab For Jer Selv

Arkitekten 06 — August 1, 2018

21st Century City

21st Century City

“Designing Infrastructure,” in Suzanne Hall and Ricky Burdett eds., The Sage Handbook of Urban Sociology: New approaches to the twenty-first century city (London: SAGE/LSE). — 2017

A Man a Tree and and Ax

A Man a Tree and and Ax

Lola Sheppard and Maya Przybylski, eds., Bracket: At Extremes (Barcelona: Actar). — November 1, 2016

<em>ARQ 92: Excepiones</em>

ARQ 92: Excepiones

April 1, 2016

The Dispositions of Theory

The Dispositions of Theory

James Graham, ed.,The Urgencies of Architectural Theory (New York, GSAPP Books) — 2015

Documenta 14 Daybook

Documenta 14 Daybook

Documenta 14: Daybook, (Prestel, 2017) — July 1, 2017

Encounters with Climate

Encounters with Climate

“Encounters with Climate” in James D. Graham, ed., Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City/Lars Muller Publishers, 2015). — 2016

Everywhere

Everywhere

Zivot: Transmigrancy, 12/2017.101 — December 1, 2017

The Histories of Things That Don't Happen and Shouldn't Always Work

The Histories of Things That Don’t Happen and Shouldn’t Always Work

Arjun Appadurai and Arien Mack, eds., Failure: Social Research International Quarterly — September 1, 2016

Impossible

Impossible

Pedro Gadanho, Joao Laia and Susana Ventura, eds., Utopia/Dystopia: a Paradigm Shift in Art and Architecture — March 1, 2017

Infra-read: Interview by Jesse Seegers

Infra-read: Interview by Jesse Seegers

Pin-Up — May 1, 2016

Foreword

Foreword

Nicholas De Monchaux, Local Code: 3659 Proposals about Data, Design and the Nature of Cities, (PAP) — 2016

Matrix Space

Matrix Space

Mohsen Mostafavi, Ethics of the Urban: The City and the Spaces of the Political (Harvard GSD, Lars Muller) — 2017

Park in <em>Allan Sekula: Okeanos</em>

Park in Allan Sekula: Okeanos

Daniela Zyman and Cory Scozzari, Allan Sekula: Okeanos (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Sternberg Press, 2017) — July 1, 2017

On Dispositions and Form Making: A Conversation Keller Easterling and Andrea Phillips

On Dispositions and Form Making: A Conversation Keller Easterling and Andrea Phillips

Paul O’Neill, Lucy Steeds and Mick Wilson, eds. How Institutions Think: Between Contemporary Art and Curatorial Discourse (MIT Press) — 2017

Review: <em>Burdens of Linearity</em> by Catherine Ingraham

Review: Burdens of Linearity by Catherine Ingraham

Constructs — 2006

Space as a Medium of Innovation, Interview with Berndt Upmeyer

Space as a Medium of Innovation, Interview with Berndt Upmeyer

MONU: Magazine on Urbanism, #26, Spring 2017 — May 1, 2017

Split Screen

Split Screen

Ilke and Andreas Ruby, eds., Infrastructure Space, Holcim Foundation (Ruby Press). — 2016

Subtracting the Suburbs

Subtracting the Suburbs

Infinite Suburbia, Alan Berger, Joel Kotkin, eds. (New York, PAP) — 2017

Suburbia in Reverse

Suburbia in Reverse

Stephanie Hessler, ed. Tidaletics, MIT Press, 2018 — March 1, 2018

Superbug

Superbug

Log 39 Spring 2017 — March 15, 2017

Things That Don't Always Work

Things That Don’t Always Work

Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing, Jussi Parikka and Elvia Wilk, eds., Across and Beyond—A Transmediale Reader on Post-digital Practices, Concepts, and Institutions — 2016

To Play Space

To Play Space

Perspecta 51: Medium — October 1, 2018

Protocols of Interplay

Protocols of Interplay

Volume: The System — April 1, 2016

Interview

Interview

Arqa — 2011

World City Doubles

World City Doubles

Roldolphe El-Khoury and Edward Robbins, ed., Shaping the City: Studies in History, Theory and Urban Design (Routledge). — June 1, 2013

Fresh Fields

Fresh Fields

Coupling: Pamphlet Architecure 30 Infranet Lab/Lateral Office (New York: Princeton Architectural Press) — 2011

Megabuilding

Megabuilding

Architektura 4, 163 (Kwiecien) — 2009

In the Briar Patch

In the Briar Patch

Jonathan Solomon ed., Sustain and Develop 306090 Volume 13 (New York: 306090, Inc.) — 2009

Intermediate Points of Interest

Intermediate Points of Interest

Gaby Brainard, Rustam Mehta, and Thom Moran eds., Perspecta 41 Grand Tour — 2008

Rumor

Rumor

Megan Born and Lily Jencks, eds, Via: Dirt, University of Pennsylvania — 2012

The Agent: Interview with Neeraj Bhatia

The Agent: Interview with Neeraj Bhatia

The Agent No. 0 — May 1, 2014

The Knowledge

The Knowledge

Volume 13: Ambition — 2007

Absolute Submission

Absolute Submission

Crisis, a collaboration of C-Lab and Urban China — September 15, 2008

Come to Things

Come to Things

Metahaven and Marina Vishmidt, eds., Uncorporate Identity (Zürich: Lars Müller) — 2010

Disposition: In_site

Disposition: In_site

In_Site: A Dynamic Equilibrium, In_Site 05 (Friessen) — 2007

Foreword

Foreword

Young Architects 7: Situating, catalog of Architectural League's Young Architects competition and exhibition (New York: Princeton Architectural Press) — 2006

Pandas: A Rehearsal

Pandas: A Rehearsal

Cornell Journal of Architecture — 2011

Other Aggressions and Maneuvers

Other Aggressions and Maneuvers

The Last Mile, photography catalog Satya Pemmaraju (Gallery SKE) — 2007

Subtraction

Subtraction

Perspecta 34: Temporary Architecture (MIT Press) — 2003

A-Ware

Journal of Architectural Education, special digital issue — January 1, 2002

Wildcards: a Game of Orgman

Wildcards: a Game of Orgman

Metalocus 5 — 2000

Interchange and Container: The New Orgman

Interchange and Container: The New Orgman

Perspecta 30 Settlement Patterns — 1999

A Short Contemplation on Money and Comedy

A Short Contemplation on Money and Comedy

Thresholds 18 (MIT) — 1999

Distributive Protocols: Residential Formations

Distributive Protocols: Residential Formations

Beauty is Nowhere: Ethical Issues in Art and Design (Routledge) — 1998

American Town Plans excerpt

ANY — 1993

Siting Protocols

Siting Protocols

Peter Lang, ed., Suburban Discipline (Storefront Books) — 1997

Call it Home

Assemblage 24 — 1994

Perceiving Action

Offramp, SCI-ARC Journal, vol. 1, no. 5 — 1993

Switch

Switch

City Speculations (New York: Princeton Architectural Press) — 1996

Non-statecraft

Non-statecraft

Maghreb Connection: Movements of Life Across North Africa (Barcelona: ACTAR) — 2007

Graduate Sessions No. 9

Graduate Sessions No. 9

Syracuse University — 2010

Not Everything

Not Everything

Volume 2: Not Everything — 2005

Without Claims to Purity

Without Claims to Purity

aX, vol. 1+2 (Winter) — 2008

Architect-at-Large

Architect-at-Large

Volume 1 — 2005

The Activist Entrepreneur

The Activist Entrepreneur

John Wriedt ed., Architecture: From the Outside In (New York: Princeton Architectural Press) — 2010

With Satellites: Remote Sending in South Asia and the Middle East

With Satellites: Remote Sending in South Asia and the Middle East

Brian McGrath and Grahame Shane eds., AD, Sensing the 21st Century: Close-up and Remote Vol. 75 No. 6 — 2005

Offshore

Offshore

Anselm Frank and Eyal Weizman, eds., Territories: the Frontiers of Utopia and Other Facts on the Ground (Berlin: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König) — 2004

Orgman

Orgman

Stephen Graham, ed., The Cybercities Reader (London: Routledge) — 2003