Mattern, Shannon

Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern
PhD, Culture and Communication, New York University
Associate Professor of Media Studies, School of Media Studies

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Areas of Expertise:
Media and spatial theory and practice (media and architecture, the use of media in public design projects, media in urban space, urban media infrastructures, media and geography, the influence of media on the way people design and conceive of space, spatial and formal dimensions of media); places of media production and consumption; media and materiality
Shannon Mattern’s teaching and research address relationships between the forms and materialities of media and the spaces -- architectural, urban, geographical, interactive, etc. -- they create and inhabit. She has written about libraries and archives, media companies' headquarters, place branding, public design projects, urban media art, media acoustics, media infrastructures, and material texts. She’s the author of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities and Deep Mapping the Media City, both published by University of Minnesota Press, and she’s a columnist for Places, a journal focusing on landscape, architecture, and urbanism. You can find her at

Courses Taught:
  • Archives, Libraries & Databases
  • The City and Sound
  • Digital Archives
  • Maps as Media
  • Media and Materiality
  • Media Exhibition Design
  • Media & Architecture
  • Media Theory
  • Sound and Space
  • Understanding Media Studies
  • Urban Media Archaeology
Recent Publications:
Middlewhere: The Landscape of Library Logistics,” Urban Omnibus (June 2015).

"Deep Time of Media Infrastructure” In Lisa Parks and Nicole Starosielski, Eds., Signal Traffic: Critical Studies of Media Infrastructures (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2015).

Mission Control: A History of the Urban Dashboard,” Places (March 2015).

Deep Mapping the Media City
 (University of Minnesota Press, 2015).

Media Archaeology of Poetry and Sound: A Conversation with Shannon Mattern,” with Christine Mitchell, Amodern 4, “The Poetry Series” Issue (March 2015).

Speculative Archaeology,” Places (December 12, 2014).

Preservation Aesthetics,” Interview with Trevor Owens, The Signal: Digital Preservation, The Library of Congress (June 9, 2014).

Library as Infrastructure,” Places (June 9, 2014).

“Animated Spaces: Experience and Context in Interaction and Architectural Design Exhibitions” Senses & Society 9:2 (Spring 2014): 131-150.

Interfacing Urban Intelligence,” Places (April 28, 2014).

Methodolatry and the Art of Measure: The New Wave of Urban Data Science,” Places (November 5, 2013).

Bureaucracy’s Playthings,” Reanimation Library’s Word Processor (October 28, 2013).

Ear to the Wire: Listening to Historic Urban Infrastructures,” Amodern2, “Network Archaeologies” Issue (October 2013).

Infrastructural Tourism,” Places (July 1, 2013).

Marginalia: Little Libraries in the Urban Margins,” Places (May 22, 2012).

The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities
 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007)

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