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Deep Mapping the Media City

2015
Author:

Shannon Mattern

Deep Mapping the Media City

Examines the material spaces in which our networks entangle themselves

Using techniques like excavation and mapping to discover the modern city’s roots in time, Shannon Mattern advocates for urban media archaeology, a multisensory approach to investigating the material history of networked cities.

[A] compelling argument for a nascent field of study that feels urgent, particularly in light of contemporary ecological and social transformations.

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Going beyond current scholarship on the “media city” and the“smart city,” Shannon Mattern argues that our global cities have been mediated and intelligent for millennia. Deep Mapping the Media City advocates for urban media archaeology, a multisensory approach to investigating the material history of networked cities. Mattern explores the material assemblages and infrastructures that have shaped the media city by taking archaeology literally—using
techniques like excavation and mapping to discover the modern city’s roots in time.

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Deep Mapping the Media City

Shannon Mattern is associate professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York. She is author of The New Downtown Library (Minnesota, 2007). You can find her at wordsinspace.net.

Deep Mapping the Media City

[A] compelling argument for a nascent field of study that feels urgent, particularly in light of contemporary ecological and social transformations.

Archinect