Stephanie Wakefield is an urban geographer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College at The New School, where she explores diverse practices and technologies of resilient urbanism as both technical phenomenon and catalysts of new kinds Anthropocene life. She is currently completing a book manuscript for Open Humanities Press titled Living in the Back Loop: Experimentation in Unsafe Operating Space, as well as a second project titled Miami Forever: Urbanism in the Back Loop, investigating experimental practices for living with water in Miami, Florida and through this the potential emergence of a new paradigm of ‘back loop urbanism.’
Dreaming the Back Loop
Red skies hang over California, floodwaters lap at America’s Gulf Coast, and just about everything else seems to be going down the tubes. As we tip into the Anthropocene’s free fall, who hasn’t wondered if this is the beginning of the end?