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The Network Architecture Lab is committed to publishing high level analyses of the contemporary urban condition that would be accessible to an educated but general audience.

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Networked Publics (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008)

From September 2005 to June 2006, a team of thirteen scholars at the The University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication explored how new and maturing networking technologies are reconfiguring how which we interact with content, media sources, other individuals and groups, and the world that surrounds us.

Edited by Netlab Director, Kazys Varnelis—who served as senior fellow at the Annenberg Center during that academic year—Networked Publics is a product of that year, a book written using online collaborative tools such as writely (now Google Docs). See also the Networked Publics web site , developed by Varnelis and now maintained by the Netlab, which contains a record of the Annenberg year in the form of a group blog; the book in networked, on-line form; as well as a wealth of supplementary content such as videos and links to other on-line sites and content.

The Infrastructural City. Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles (Barcelona: ACTAR, 2008)

Edited by Netlab Director Kazys Varnelis, Los Angeles, Infrastructural City is a book project produced in collaboration with the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and ACTAR in 2008. Funded in part by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, The Infrastructural City is an edited collection of fifteen essays by architects, artists, and scholars mapping the nodes and lines of infrastructure shaping contemporary life in Los Angeles as well as other cities.

Blue Monday (Barcelona: ACTAR, 2007)

New media transdisciplinary design group AUDC’s first book captures three moments in modern culture that offer glimpses into our increasingly perverse relationship to architecture, cities, and objects. The first, Ether, explores Los Angeles telecom hotel One Wilshire, a 39 story building of utter banality and complete mystery. The second, the Stimulus Progression, looks at the strange story of the Muzak Corporation and the invention of a culture of horizontality. The third, Swarm Intelligence, visits Quartzsite, Arizona, a desert town of some 3,000 people that annually swells to over a million residents as a horde of modern nomads descends upon it in their Recreational Vehicles. AUDC [Robert Sumrell and Kazys Varnelis] explores the strange reality around us in a lively mix of philosophy, photography, architectural drawings and models, and new media. Visit AUDC.org for alternative mixes of the material, records of installations, and a version of the text as a "networked book."

The Philip Johnson Tapes: Conversations with Robert A. M. Stern (New York: Monacelli Press, 2008)

Philip Johnson’s multifaceted career as an architect, curator, and collector extended from the early 1920s to his death in 2005. Captivated by the work of the European modernists Gropius, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe, Johnson assembled the seminal exhibition “Modern Architecture—International Exhibition” at the Museum of Modern Art in 1932. Among his most notable achievements are the famous Glass House in Connecticut, designed for his own use, and the AT&T building in New York. The Philip Johnson Tapes is a copiously illustrated survey of the twentieth-century architect’s life, recorded in 1985 by Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for American Architecture and the University’s Oral History Research Office.

Netlab director Kazys Varnelis edited the raw dialogue on these tapes to produce an unprecedented examination of the architect’s life and his view of the changes in twentieth-century architecture and history.