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Globalised, digital, and capitalism are three words whose influence has grown increasingly rapidly in the way we live our lives.  The emergence of cybernetics in Smart Cities, the impact of new regional powers on global relations and the climate crisis, are just some examples of change which have become everyday realities.  Now with a global pandemic forcing us to migrate to online, digital spaces, these issues have gone from external spheres to the domestic scale.

The three speakers in this session looked at the way in which the forces of globalised digital capitalism meet head on with the world in lockdown. Dr Eray Çaylı (London School of Economics) describes the way working from home can, for some people, be changed into work as home. Dr Karen Burns (University of Melbourne) asks us to focus on the everyday, where micro-level changes can lead to macro-level effects. Prof Reinhold Martin (Columbia University) looks at the slippery role of 'common sense', and the ways in which people can do their historical and theoretical thinking with architecture, rather than about it.


Reinhold Martin Columbia University

Eray Cayli London School of Economics

Karen Burns University of Melbourne

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