David A. Banks is an M.S/Ph.D student studying technologies of public space. His work is mainly inspired by participatory design practices and the artifacts those practices produce. David is currently working in two field sites: North Central Troy, New York and Kumasi, Ghana. In Troy, David is working with local artists and activists to build a mesh Wifi network and a public performance art space made from found objects. In Kumasi, he is working with engineers, healthcare professionals, and city residents to build condom vending machines. Before coming to RPI, David earned his B.A. in Urban Studies from New College of Florida and has since served as a member of the alumni association's board of directors.
Totalizing/flatening keywords: popular technology, critical technical practice, publics and counter-publics, social media, technology and culture, appropriating technology, anarchy, self-organization, recursive publics, sociology of science, public understanding of science,.
For Play my interests are photography, cooking, internet-ing, and tending to house plants.