9781137546159

Interwoven Cities TBC

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    9781137546159

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    1137546158

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-11-06
  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot
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Summary

Recent enthusiasm for the city can mask the different geographical levels at which social inequity and environmental destruction are registered. The author argues for extending the metaphor of the urban fabric in new directions, to take hold of how political, economic, and ecological systems are now unfolding at these levels. Taking seriously the idea of cities as pliable fabrics, Interwoven Cities considers how they might weave and become woven into alternative patterns, to better sustain social and ecological life. It rehearses recent theoretical developments concerning global cities and city networks, and suggests ways technology and aesthetics might come together in forming a politics and practice of a renewed and global urban fabric. Each chapter is accompanied by a short city case study, showing the complexities that today entangle urban growth and development.

Author Biography

Liam Magee is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. His previous publications include Towards A Semantic Web (with W. Cope and M. Kalantzis, 2011), examining the organization of knowledge in an era of linked data and computational reasoning.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Threads
1. Frictions in the Urban Fabric
1.1. The Total City
1.2. Urbanisms of the New Millennium
1.3. Hyper-Urbanism in the Global South
1.4. Fabrics of a Planetary Urbanism
1.5. Development of the super-suburb: Parramatta, Australia
2. Spreading Out the Fabric: Urban, Rural, Global
2.1. Intertwining Town and Country
2.2. The Emergence of the Global City
2.3. Tangled Threads of Land Registration: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
3. Upholding the Urban Fabric
3.1. Reconditionings: Dispositifs, Assemblages, Fabrics
3.2. An Analytic for a Global Urban Fabric
3.3. Weaving Sustainable Urban Futures
3.4. Refabricating the Interwoven City
3.5. Child Trafficking on the New Front of Global Urbanism: Siliguri, India
4. Refabricating the Urban
4.1. Urban Complexities: Circuitry, Networks, Algorithms
4.2. Computational Epistemologies of the City
4.3. Open Fabrications
4.4. The 'Janus Face' of Technification
4.5. Simulating the Interwoven City: Fierce Planet
5. Sensing the Urban Fabric
5.1. Opening Up the Forbidden City
5.2. A Carnivalesque Urbanism
5.3. Metis and the City
5.4. Patterning the Interwoven City
5.5. Urban Comedies of the Commons
Conclusion: Reweaving the Global Urban Fabric

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