Beyond the cubicle

As background material for this week’s readings on new corporate offices and coworking spaces, I recommend this brief VOX video on the history of the open-plan office. Since original starchitect Frank Lloyd Wright has an important guest role in the video, I figured you’d also enjoy gawking at these gorgeous images of his famous (nowRead more about Beyond the cubicle[…]

Diversity in Tech and Academia

After our discussions last week, we just wanted to share these two articles: the first is a NYT piece tackling Google’s recent struggles with internal opposition to their diversity programs, and the second a very recent essay by Eugenia Zuroski on the conception of diversity as some kind of “cultural capital” ripe for exploitation.

Progress Report: Juman Tamimi at Back on Track

Seven weeks into the academic semester, students settled in smoothly and know the ropes of their internships by now. This is what exchange student Juman Tamimi (Al-Quds Bard College) has to say about her internship with “Back on Track,” an NGO that offers tailor-made educational support to refugee children and adolescents: Working with Back OnRead more about Progress Report: Juman Tamimi at Back on Track[…]

Richard Florida: Sorry Not Sorry

Yesterday in class you discussed Richard Florida’s concept of creative class. His latest book, The New Urban Crisis, has been described as a continuation of his ‘flawed and elitist ideas.’ Another review, in The Jacobin, states that the author ‘has replaced his airy projections of infinite, creativity-fueled growth with a tone of apocalyptic darkness.’ If you’dRead more about Richard Florida: Sorry Not Sorry[…]

Interview with Kathi Weeks

As a follow-up to our discussion last Thursday, here’s a recent interview with Kathi Weeks, which provides a good overview of the main points she makes in the chapter we read. Have a look.

Queer City Pass

Judging by your blog entries, you’re quite familiar with Berlin’s public transport by now. But did you know you can explore the city on a QueerCityPass? (I just found out about this option last night.) An obligatory stop on the route supported by this ticket should be the wonderful Schwules Museum where you can notRead more about Queer City Pass[…]

new book alert

I just came across this fun review of Startup – a debut novel by Doree Shafrir on what happens in the workplace and what people do about it. It sounds very entertaining. Maybe a good summer read?

Notes on the sharing economy – the phenomenon we have been discussing this semester and which we will return to on Wednesday.