May 23, 2014
Congratulations to UTL researcher and MDesS '15 candidate Chris Bennett, whose animation on the extended urbanization of the atmosphere was recently featured in a news story by the Atlantic's CITYLAB. This work was produced in the context of the UTL Spring 2014 research seminar on the "extreme territories of urbanization." Consistent with our general concern to analyze the dialectics of concentrated and extended urbanization, Chris' video depicts the ways in which the occupation of the earth's atmosphere has involved the construction of highly elaborate, spatially concentrated terrestrial infrastructures to facilitate satellite launches. With a stunning series of data visualizations, the video reveals the historical geographies of launch site activity during the last four decades in relation to each key orbital zone. Nice work, Chris!