["Bundled, Buried, and Behind Closed Doors", a documentary short by Ben Mendelsohn and Alex Chohlas-Wood, looks at one of our favorite things -- the physical infrastructure of the internet -- and, in particular, the telco hotel at 60 Hudson Street. It's particularly fascinating to see how 60 Hudson Street exhibits the "tendency of communications infrastructure to retrofit pre-existing networks to suit the needs of new technologies": the building became a modern internet hub primarily because it was already a hub in earlier communications networks, permeated by pneumatic tubes, telegraph cables, and telephone lines, and thus easily suited to the running of fiber-optic cables. (This is important because it demonstrates the relative fixity of infrastructural geographies -- like the pattern of the cities they are embedded in, the positions of infrastructures tend to endure even as the infrastructures themselves decay and are replaced.)]
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- territorial reclamation
- landscape information modeling
- mesosphere excavations
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- glitches, flash crashes, and very bad futurists
- north coast design competition
- sediment and wind
- land-making machines
- the collision of geologic time and infrastructural control
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