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Urban IQ Test

Fri, Jan 18/19 – 9:00am to Sat, Jan 19/19 – 6:30pm

Main Hall, 1 Spadina Crescent

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This event is part of the Home and Away lecture series at the Daniels Faculty. 

This event will take a deep dive into the contemporary rhetorics, pre-histories and politics of the smart city phenomenon.

Keynote Panel: Friday, January 18, 2019 (evening)
Symposium Panels: Saturday, January 19 (day)

speakers will Include:

Michael Sorkin,  Jesse Shapins, Shannon Mattern, Jesse LeCavalier, Orit Halpern, David Smiley and Gökçe Günel, others tba


 Gökçe Günel is Assistant Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. Her first book Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi (Duke University Press, 2019), focuses on the construction of renewable energy and clean technology infrastructures in the United Arab Emirates, more specifically concentrating on the Masdar City project. She finished her PhD in Anthropology at Cornell University in 2012. Following her doctoral work, she was a Cultures of Energy Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University and an ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University. Her articles have been published in Public CultureAnthropological QuarterlyEngineering StudiesThe Yearbook of Comparative LiteratureAvery ReviewLimn and PoLAR, among others. Read more.

Orit HalpernDr. Orit Halpern is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University and a Strategic Hire in Interactive Design and Theory. Her work bridges the histories of science, computing, and cybernetics with design and art practice. She is also the director of the Speculative Life Research Cluster, a laboratory situated at the intersection of the environmental sciences, architecture and design, and computational media. You can find out more at: | |

Shannon Mattern, Professor of Media Studies at The New School, writes and teaches courses about archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt, and she contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places Journal. You can find her at

Sara Stevens is an architectural and urban historian. She is an Assistant Professor of architectural and urban design history and Chair of Urban Design in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Her research focuses on real estate developers of the twentieth century, exploring the cultural economy of architectural practice, finance, and expertise in Canada and the United States. Her book, Developing Expertise: Architecture and Real Estate in Metropolitan America (Yale University Press, 2016), studies real estate development in twentieth century American cities, and how developers, investors, and architects worked together to remake suburbs and downtowns. Read more.