Research Projects and Publications

“Revisiting Jane Jacobs in Global Sustainable City discourse” (Architecture Media Politics Society conference, London 2020)

This presentation situates the use of Jane Jacobs’ notion of urban complexity — primarily expressed through her definition of density — in ‘global sustainable city’ discourse.

“Oakland Ecopolis” (with Trisha Barua) – UC Critical Sustainabilities project
Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (2016)
“The Crystal: Architecture Calibrating Climate Change for the Urban Future” – Essay in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (2016)

My research is currently focused on these two projects:

Extending upon my dissertation, I am working on developing a book manuscript project on how forms of systems-theory influenced design discourse from the 1960s onwards becomes the basis of a global ‘Smart/Eco/sustainable’ urban infrastructural imaginary, as embodied by Southeast Asian city-state Singapore.
Examining the notion of ‘urban future(s)’ through modalities of speculative design and (non)fiction that project – and operationalise – urban worlding and worlding of the urban as design.

I utilise various methods (i.e. discourse and visual analysis, archival research and ethnography) in approaching the analysis of representations and practices of the ‘urban,’ ‘design,’ ‘infrastructure’ and the ‘environment.’ In particular, I am interested in these concepts as situated material semiotic assemblages, and instantiated through relationship(s) often established between antimonies of ‘theory/abstraction’ and ‘practice’ and ‘projection’ and ‘operation/execution.’

My research interests and projects have been influenced by my experiences inside and outside of academia. My undergraduate thesis critically examined the question of control behind the code as manifested in post-WWII American information and communications technology developments. Working as a teacher at a school prior to entering academia, I was introduced to management theory (i.e. Our Iceberg is melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions) as organizational strategy, as well as the use of design thinking and scenario planning techniques in the context of planning ‘learning journeys/environments,’ events and expeditions. My Masters thesis looked at the notion of criticality in contemporary architecture theory and the conditions of possibility behind the Israel Defense Forces’ use of Architectural/Poststructural theory as operations theory of urban warfare.

At UC Davis, I developed methods of ethnographic and interdisciplinary research through my participation in the Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory (SECT) VIII, the activities of the STS program, the Militarization, Policing, and Security Studies working group,  and the Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds Research Cluster.

  • A list of my publications
  • Collaborations