The Atlas of Failure
The Atlas of Failure imagines caricatures of contemporary urban fables like Mumbai, India; Juarez, Mexico; and Detroit, Michigan; and mobilizes them as new urban proposals. Existing failures become testable hypotheses for future urbanisms. The cartoon becomes a valuable tool for diagramming cities. As these cartoons are assembled in the context of history and geography, it becomes clear that cities themselves are not failing; their drivers of change are merely superseded by new ones in the face of crisis, only to fail again in more interesting, exciting ways. Failure is almost never an end, but a hinge. The Atlas uses failure as a productive portal, sometimes flipping the architecture into a new order, and at times revealing the logic of inherent mitigation techniques. An ongoing speculative with Trevor Lamphier, 2010.