It’s a historical weekend for this country. It also marks the end of our two-week long social architecture seminar. Let’s take the opportunity to compile some reading on architectural infrastructure and political implications.
We’ll start with Dietmar Offenhuber’s talk from the 2016 Design and the City symposium in Amsterdam (via medium.com) titled A Case for Accountability-Oriented Design:
For an economist, a public good is defined as “non-rivalrous” and “non-excludable,” meaning, respectively, that one can consume it without reducing its value to others and that nobody can be excluded from its consumption. While public roads were never truly non-rivalrous (think of traffic jams and potholes), sensor networks and algorithmic settlement systems such as the Bitcoin blockchain provide the tools that can make physical roads excludable by measuring and billing the distance driven, and if necessary enforcing violations, as Scott Rosenberg notes.
The Retune festival has started to make their talks available online. Here’s Evan Roth talking about Landscape, Signal and Empire, and here are his slides.