writing

I write about architecture, design, information, technology and culture. Sometimes, this means the history of interactivity in architecture, sometimes it’s translations from German to English of art critics in the 1920s, sometimes it’s book chapters on my research on mobile phone use (such as in urban India). At the core, regardless of the decade or application, I write and research the same things: systems, technologies, and how they’re applied to our worlds.

My dissertation, “Architectures of Information: Christopher Alexander, Cedric Price, Nicholas Negroponte and the MIT Architecture Machine Group” at Princeton University’s School of Architecture investigates the nexus of information, architecture and artificial intelligence in the 1960s–80s. I will defend my dissertation Spring 2013.

I’ve been a writer and editor since 1990. I have written scores of articles and columns about music, technology, culture and design for newspapers, magazines and web sites including The Onion (AV Club), Wired News, Netscape, I.D., The Fray, College Music Journal, Business 2.0 and the former “What is Burning Man” text for the Burning Man website. I was also a contributing editor for interactions, published by the ACM.

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