netlab news

Peepers, Flashers, and Other Law Breakers

The Netlab explores architecture, networks, privacy, voyeurism, and exposure on Monday, February 11, 2013 6:30pm in Columbia University's Wood Auditorium.

Pedro Gadanho Discusses Politics November 8 2012 at STudio-X


Netlab Director Kazys Varnelis will be discussing architecture and politics with Pedro Gadanho, curator of contemporary architecture at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Studio-X. 

Driving in the Smart City

Netlab director Kazys Varnelis recently spoke at the "Driving in the Smart City" session of the Smart City Expo in Barcelona to address issues of complexity and technology. You can watch a video of his talk at Vimeo

Advice for Robert Dudley

With BP's appointment of Robert Dudley as chief executive office of BP, the Network Architecture Lab thought it appropriate to give him some advice for rebranding the company. Click here to see a project by Caren Faye, a student in "Evil," a studio that the Netlab ran in the fall of 2009. The syllabus and more information about the studio can be found here

Netlab Lecture in CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania. 27 May

Director Kazys Varnelis will be speaking at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania on Thursday 27 May at 6pm on three years of work at the Network Architecture Lab.  


Contemporary Art Centre
Vokieciu 2, LT - 01130, Vilnius
tel: +3705 2121954, fax: +3705 2623954
email: //

The Future of Urbanism

Netlab Director Kazys Varnelis will deliver a lecture on "Networked Ecologies" in the Future of Urbanism Conference on Saturday March 20, 2010 at the University of Michigan A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Find out more and register here.  

Meaning of Network Culture in Eurozine

Netlab Director Kazys Varnelis's article, "The Meaning of Network Culture" appears in Eurozine, an edited aggregator of some 100 European cultural magazines (including the Lithuanian Kulturos Barai, which published the piece).

This introduction serves as a foundation for the larger Netlab project on Network Culture

2010 Site Update

For 2010, we have rebuilt the Netlab Web site, readying the Netlab's online presence for an exciting year at Columbia and at Studio-X. We decided to launch the new site even though not everything is 100% ready since, even though there are still a few rough patches here and there, the new site is much more effective at conveying our mission. We welcome your comments

HB:BX Competition

Netlab Director Kazys Varnelis serves on the jury for the HB:BX competition.

HB:BX is an open international ideas competition to design an arts center that culturally reinforces the physical connection between the Manhattan and Bronx Highbridge communities of New York City. This competition is hosted by the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), AIA New York Chapter, in cooperation with Artists Unite and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and it is meant to draw awareness to the current efforts to restore and reopen the bridge.

Interview with Joseph Tainter on Collapse

KV: In your book you argue that civilizational collapse, as it took place in ancient societies such as the Chou Dynasty in China, the Indus Valley, Mesopotamia, and Ancient Rome is “a rapid, significant loss of an established level of sociopolitical complexity.” Could you elaborate on what you mean by complexity and why it leads to collapse?


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