Molly Wright Steenson at Eyeo 2017
| These Important Years |
Architecture and design have much to teach us in an increasingly sentient and intelligent world. As it turns out, we’ve been learning those lessons for a long time. In this talk, Molly Wright Steenson looks back to look forward—to the origins of artificial intelligence and cybernetics and its collaborations with designers and architects starting in the 1950s, and the ways that those projects illuminated our ideas about interactivity today.
This nexus of technology, architecture, and design has captivated Molly for over a decade and is the subject of her forthcoming book Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press). A Minneapolis native who used to live across Loring Park from the Walker Art Center, she is proudly copping the title of this talk from one of her favorite Hüsker Dü songs.