Event reviews

Feral Cities and the Scientific Way of Warfare

"Feral Cities and the Scientific Way of Warfare", The Complex Terrain Laboratory's inaugural public event, is a public lecture and open discussion with Geoff Manaugh and Antoine Bousquet, scheduled to take place 26 November 2008 from 19:00 to 21:00 at University College London's J.Z. Young Lecture Theatre. The talk is also the first in CTlab's planned Battlespace/s public lecture series, and the excellent poster art for the event, prominently displayed on this website, is courtesy of CTlab Creative Director Colin Murphy, principal at Symbio Design.

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Hails & Farewells

I just received a note from Charli Carpenter, who for the foreseeable future will be focusing her considerable energies on the tenure process at UMass Ahmerst. She's bowing out of posting to the CTlab blog - for now - but that means we can also look forward to more of her published research output (not to mention the fact that she'll be tenured sooner, and can then do whatever she wants afford more time for non-tenure process intellectual engagement). For those of you unfamiliar with her contributions to this blog, I'd encourage you to go read her posts, which added significant depth to the conversation here. She'll be missed.

As one leaves, another enters the fray... Geoff Manaugh, who blogs - famously - at BLDGBLOG, is joining CTlab. He won't be blogging much, but he will be contributing his insights and energies to CTlab as it moves forward. First step: he'll be one of two speakers who make up CTlab's first public event in a few weeks in London. We're looking forward to his dynamism, and to speaking more directly to the architectural niche that he represents. A more detailed write-up on that will follow sometime later today, and Geoff will be posting a brief hello himself, sometime this week.


CTnet Revisions

I've just made a few changes to CTnet  (see the CTnet link in the content block at top right of this blog page), including some name and visual tweaking. The biggest change was the deletion of some feeds, addition of new feeds, and restructuring of the Physical Terrain page, now renamed "Architected".

New: the MIT Media Lab, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London, Kazys Varnelis' Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University, and Eyal Weizmann's Roundtable: Research Architecture at Goldsmith's, University of London.


Social Science In War / Online Symposium

CTlab member Brian Glyn Williams, PhD, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, recently testified as an expert witness for the defence in the trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, "Bin Laden’s Driver", in the first US military tribunal since World War II. He has since been interviewed about the case on National Public Radio, and his testimony has been cited in the Miami Herald and the New York Times/Int’l Herald Tribune.

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