Future 50: Keller Easterling 01.08.13

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In her books, Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT 2001) and Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005), academic and theorist Keller Easterling examines the grey areas between architecture and infrastructure. Easterling, who is an Assistant Professor of architecture at Yale, also asks if new infrastructural systems lead to new forms of power, which are often beyond the scope of the traditional nation state. Moreover, with whole cities springing up (in China for example), she reminds us that the urban structure is "not just buildings but entire cities [that] have become mobile, monetised technologies". And her work makes the current role of architecture clear, pointing to what it might be in the future: "Architecture is making beautiful stones in the water, but the world is making the water." Easterling is currently working on all these issues in her next book, Extrastatecraft: The Powers of Matrix Space.

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