MSD at HOME with Shannon Mattern

Old style buildings in countryside with people in hi-vis walking around


  • MSD at HOME

SHANNON MATTERN and Hélène Frichot:
Infrastructural Love in times of COVID-19: Care, Repair, and Maintenance

This MSD at HOME event will be delivered as a dialogue between Shannon Mattern (New School, New York) and Hélène Frichot (MSD, ABP UniMelb) discussing issues of care, repair and maintenance as they relate to infrastructure understood as a public good.

Shannon Mattern is a Professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition. She is the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities; Deep Mapping the Media City; and Code and Clay, Data and Dirt, all published by University of Minnesota Press; and The City Is Not a Computer, forthcoming from Princeton University Press. She contributes a regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to Places Journal, and she collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions. You can find her at

Architectural theorist and philosopher, writer and critic, Hélène Frichot is Professor of Architecture and Philosophy, and Director of the Bachelor of Design, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning University of Melbourne, Australia. She is Guest Professor, and previous Director of Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture, KTH Stockholm, Sweden. Her recent publications include Dirty Theory: Troubling Architecture (AADR 2019) and Creative Ecologies: Theorizing the Practice of Architecture (Bloomsbury 2018).

Date: Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Venue: Online - ABP Zoom Webinar

Time: 12.00 - 13:00 AEST – Melbourne*

*10:00 – 11:00; Singapore
*06:00 – 07:00; Dubai
*04:00 – 05:00; Paris
*22:00 – 23:00; NYC
*19:00 – 20:00; Los Angeles

Image at top: Malin Bergman, Staging the Labour. View of the Laboratory, Water Tower, and Crop Storage, Barkarby former airfield, Stockholm. Critical Studies in Architecture Design Studio, KTH Stockholm, 2019 with Sepideh Karami, Hélène Frichot, Hannes Frykholm, Adrià Carbonell Rabassa.

Shannon Mattern and Hélène Frichot: Infrastructural Love in times of COVID-19: Care, Repair, and Maintenance.