drew austin: behind the urban interface

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Drew Austin's talk at Refactor Camp 2013.


  • 1.Behind theUrban Interface

2. She looked down a slope, needing to squint for thesunlight, onto a vast sprawl of houses which had grownup all together, like a well-tended crop, from the dullbrown earth; and she thought of the time shed openeda transistor radio to replace a battery and seen her firstprinted circuit. The ordered swirl of houses and streets,from this high angle, sprang at her now with the sameunexpected, astonishing clarity as the circuit card had.Though she knew even less about radios than aboutSouthern Californians, there were to both outwardpatterns a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning, ofan intent to communicate. Thered seemed no limit towhat the printed circuit could have told her.Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 3. Our networked society is increasingly dominated by what Lewis Mumford calledthe unseen world of cables, wires, connections, codes, agreements, and capital.Today more than ever, the role of this invisible city in determining the structure ofthe urban area is vast. Visible form is merely an irruption of other forces, agraphic user interface for a more powerful command line below.Kazys Varnelis 4. Software Hardware 5. Where weregoing, we needroads.