October 17, 2017
. . . Mechanisms Lecture: "The Mantra of Efficiency" by Jennifer K. Alexander
In her book The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control, cultural historian and mechanical engineer Jennifer K. Alexander tries to understand what she calls a “technological orthodoxy”: the belief that all things should act efficiently.

How did we get there? How has the notion of "efficiency" evolved? What is the history of efficiency?

In researching the current exhibition, Mechanisms, curator Anthony Huberman spent a lot of time with this book. He has invited Prof. Alexander to share her research with a lecture at the Wattis Institute.

Lecture: 6:30 pm

Space is limited.

Listen to the lecture here: