On 8 February 2015, I watched C. J. Lim discuss his new book Food City in a lecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), a lecture he had given four days earlier. For those unable either to attend such lectures or to watch them via the live streaming that SCI-Arc makes available to the public, the school’s recently launched media archive allows guests to virtually attend almost all of the events the school has offered since its founding in 1972. Faced with the challenge of preserving and making available to the public the school’s large collection of VHS cassettes—about to reach the end of their life spans in a technological context of...

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