I had the distinct pleasure of discussing and debating the scope, scale, and effects of the so-called "Sharing Movement" at the Met Breuer last week, hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Storefront for Art & Architecture. The presenters included Daniel Davis, Jeff Maki, Anna Puigjaner, and Rafi Segal, with introduction and moderation by Eva Franch i Gilabert and Beatrice Galilee.
My takeaways (many not directly discussed, but inferred here from the range of topics covered) from the various presentations and follow-up Q&A included
- the relative likelihood (based on a collection of case studies) of equitable outcomes from projects that include in situ sharing between people who know one another and those that facilitate digitally enabled sharing between strangers,
- the still-lingering question of whether architecture has a role to play in the latter form of sharing,
- the sustainability and scalability of sharing-based relationships when digital technologies allow them to grow beyond exchanges of time, effort, and space between neighbors to the scale of the city,
- the economic and social implications of private-versus-public-sector regulation of transactions between "sharers," and
- [no surprise] the implications of data analysis (machine learning and pattern recognition, in particular) on inclusion, participation, and fair representation in urban decision making.
The presentations will be cleaned up and soon published as a small book in Storefront's Manifesto series. Also, if you're around NYC next month, I would absolutely recommend heading to Storefront for Part II of the series on Tuesday, 19 July.