Spatial Politics

reclaiming the right to the city



Oct '11 - Dec '11

  • Strategies for Public Occupation - at the Storefront for Art and Architecture

    By fischerrandom
    Dec 16, '11 10:15 PM EST

    A small project I did, which will be displayed at Storefront as part of their exhibition on Strategies for Public Occupation. 

    P2P Occupation

    Within the last two years China, Egypt and Syria have shut down telecommunication systems to immobilize emerging civil dissidence, demonstrating the liabilities of these centralized networks. If we consider the spectrum airwaves that transmit these communication frequencies an extension of our natural right to free speech, then such deprivation violates notions of civil liberty.

    P2P (peer-to-peer) Occupation studies the propagation of a 'shadow' Wi-Fi network that circumvents official telecommunication networks to offer a safe and public internet for citizens. Such an occupation works by introducing existing software that converts existing telecommunication devices into Wi-Fi access nodes. By networking these nodes together they dynamically route information back to physically connected network connections. This decentralized wireless access can be used to convey and then proliferate safe, open internet.

    Since multiple users are incentivized to dynamically configure themselves to changing conditions, such a system is evolutionary in principle. An attempt at eradication will only weed out weaker configurations and in turn promote the growth of successful ones.

    Note: P2P Occupation presents an fictional narrative of network propogation (in which each user networks to two more users) in Beijing. Yet its operative tools and tactics are not in themselves speculative. The software to turn ones laptop into a wireless hub exists, like Connectify for Windows 7, and can be used to today.

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  • Property rights: Introduction

    By fischerrandom
    Nov 17, '11 11:24 AM EST

    I've been pretty interested in property rights ever since I read Hernando de Soto's 'The Mystery of Capital' in the second year of university. For those not familiar with him, Hernando de Soto is a Peruvian economist who calls for large-scale property reform of extralegal communities in the... View full entry

  • Breaking news: Political Boundaries are Political

    By fischerrandom
    Nov 13, '11 10:45 AM EST

    From an article in Nature, Angry words over East Asian seas, about the controversial use of maps laying claim to contested territories by Chinese scientists; emphasis mine: "Meanwhile, Michael of Climatic Change, has received a barrage of e-mails since June from scientists... View full entry


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  • Incentivizing Retrofits in Earthquake Vulnerable Cities

    By fischerrandom
    Nov 1, '11 1:52 AM EST

    The science magazine Nature recently published a series of articles on post-reconstruction Haiti that turned up this article, Lessons from the Haiti Earthquake advocating safe construction as a way to mitigate earthquake death and destruction. What I found interesting was its points on economic... View full entry



  • Tiananmen Square

    By fischerrandom
    Oct 5, '11 5:26 AM EST

    I'll begin with a super-quick introduction: I finished my Bachelors degree in architecture about a year ago, moved to China for a job and have been working in Beijing at a local firm since then. In about a year I'll be applying for my M. Arch, and hopefully by then will have a better idea of... View full entry

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This blog is a way for me to think through an idea of architecture as a vehicle for advocacy. I want to be rigorous about this; to understand our everyday spaces as a product of dominant political orders, and then unpack notions of space and politics as a way to critique them. I adopt this method in order to establish a logical foundation from which to construct a model of critical architecture. This can play out in many ways, I'd like to use the blog as a way of structuring these ideas.

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