Home: Taubman College
Bio: (100 word PDF)
Profile: (architecture program faculty)
Speaking: Talks I have given...
Hello, world. I'm still here,
decades later still holding forth as an
old-fashioned professor. By "old-fashioned" I do not mean giving
lectures and exams. I mean cultivating sensibilities, and
maintaining knowledge, not manufacturing citation counts. I also
mean remembering life before the internet, which while obviously
less wondrous in some absolute way, was better, relatively, for
the people who knew many things themselves. Today as a teacher I
still pursue that kind of knowing, through learning that is
engaged, project-based, technology-enhanced, speculative,
collaborative, informed by the world, and not just
imagining that the net has become enough world in itself. Thus
my most recent book has investigated attention to surroundings.
My current research into smartgrids asks what it is like to live
with more sensate surroundings. For when the internet becomes
always-on, when you now have to check in just to do your work,
or when people let distant overlords store (and mine) all their
documents for them, that's when I begin to feel old fashioned.
Able to enjoy moments without sending anyone anything about
them. Missing almost everything. Which incidentally is what even
the most perpetually connected person is doing. You are missing
almost everything. The question is what you are inclined to
notice. And for that, there is nothing like education.