San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
We rarely see in full the cities that we live in. Focused on our daily lives, urban dwellers are often only dimly aware of the numerous, enmeshed layers of critical infrastructure that quietly hum in the background to make modern life possible.
There are amazing stories and surprising histories to be found lurking just below the surface: the architecting of dense thickets of trade and shipping that make the modern economy possible, the design and planning of systems of public transportation, and the continual battle over the flows and accessibility of water, to name a few.
MacroCity is a day-long, whirlwind tour of this bigger picture of urban life. It brings together a diverse set of panelists, speakers and participants to explore the vast, often overlooked networks of infrastructure that surround us. In doing so, the conference aims to celebrate the numerous people whose countless efforts shape the built landscape every day.
The conference will be held on May 31, 2014 at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, CA.
MacroCity is a project of the Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory. A special thanks to our partners SPUR, IFTF, Long Now and the MIT Urban Risk Lab, San Francisco Division and our sponsor, Mailchimp.
When & Where
Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory
The Bay Area Infrastructure Observatory is an alliance of citizens devoted to exploring the infrastructural landscape of the Bay Area. Our mission is to render visible the oft-invisible guts of the city, and foster a community of enthusiasts around the many structures running under the surface of urban life.
Our mandate is broad: BAIO’s explorations cover a whole range of people, places, and things. This includes the physical landscape—water, energy, transportation, information, and so on—and the social landscape as well—economy, religion, law, and topics further afield.
BAIO outings tour the massive and complex systems that make the Bay possible. We also host a book club and other events to discuss the bigger issues these systems implicate.
We suspect that doing this will be a ton of fun, in addition to being ridiculously educational.