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Extrastatecraft: A Salon with Keller Easterling

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:00pm

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 6:00-7:30PM
World Policy Institute
108 West 39th Street, Suite 1000
New York, NY 10018

This event is by invitation only. Priorty registration is given to World Policy members. If you're interested in joining this discussion, email:, and we'll do our best to accommodate you, space permitting.

Infrastructure is not only the pipes and wires controlling our cities, but also the hidden rules for structuring the spaces all around us — from free trade zones and smart cities to suburbs and shopping malls. Yale architect Keller Easterling charts the rise of this “infrastructure space” and demonstrates how it creates new forms of power beyond the reach of governments.

In her e-book “The Action is the Form: Victor Hugo’s TED Talk,” and in her forthcoming book “Extrastatecraft,” Easterling visits the fields of infrastructure with the greatest impact on our world — tracking everything from standards for the thinness of credit cards to the urbanism of mobile telephony as the world’s largest shared platform, to the free trade zones that provided the blue prints for instant cities rising across the world. Faced with these hidden orders, she proposes some unexpected techniques for resisting power in this new world.

Speakers Include:
- Keller Easterling is an American architect, urbanist, writer, and teacher.
- Greg Lindsay is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and director of the Emergent Cities Project.

The Political Salon, organized by Steve Sokol since 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media, regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion.


Keller Easterling is an American architect, urbanist, writer, and teacher. She has taught architectural design and history at Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and Columbia University. Keller is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at Yale University. Easterling's contemporary writings address issues of urbanism, architecture, and organization as it relates to globalization. Her latest book, Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades, researches familiar spatial products that have landed in precarious political situations around the world. Keller earned her B.A. and Master of Architecture from Princeton University.

Greg Lindsay (@Greg_Lindsay) is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute and director of the Emergent Cities Project, which seeks to activate resilient urban spaces in the economically troubled and shrinking cities of the West using lessons from emergent cities in the developing world. Greg is co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, a critically acclaimed study of globalization and mega-urbanization.  He is a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a contributing writer for Fast Company, an affiliate researcher at the New England Complex Systems Institute, and a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).


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