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Category Archives: Production & consumption

Server space

NY Times: Data Center Overload
“Much of the daily material of our lives is now dematerialized and outsourced to a far-flung, unseen network … But where is ‘there,’ and what does it look like? ‘There’ is nowadays likely to be increasingly large, powerful, energy-intensive, always-on and essentially out-of-sight data centers. These centers run enormously scaled software [...]

Where cars go to wait

Guardian.co.uk: Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world
Carmakers around the world are cutting production as inventories build up to unprecedented levels. Storage areas and docksides are now packed with vast expanses of unsold cars as demand slumps.”

“Unsold cars at Avonmouth Docks near Bristol, UK.”

“Newly imported cars fill the 150-acre site at the Toyota distribution [...]

Les espaces de la lavande

Paysage de champs colorés près de Sarraud, Vaucluse, France (44°01’ N – 5°24’ E)
Mr. Cassan and his family cultivate more than 600 acres of both traditional or ‘true’ lavender and lavendin, a sterile, hardier and much more prolific hybrid with a cruder, industrial, camphor scent. His great-grandfather was among the first lavender middlemen in France, [...]

Adventures in consumerism

Factory Girl: Dora the Explorer and the Dirty Secrets of the Global Industrial Economy by Lois Leveen
Throughout her adventures, Dora enjoys an unusual geographic mobility, crossing landscapes but never distinct borders, always returning home rather than staying somewhere new. Her animated domain is devoid of references to social class, labor, or a currency-based economy. 
But [...]

Welcome to the new game city, real but not actual

Liberty City is inspired by New York, but not beholden to it. While there are many parallels, Liberty exists in its own universe and rightfully so. Many open-world games have cities that feel as if they existed only from the moment you first turned on your console, but Liberty City looks lived in. It’s an [...]