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Leonardo: Code + Clay, Data + Dirt

By Ana Peraica
Leonardo

Code and Clay, Data and Dirt (Shannon Mattern)The book with almost a code title Code + Clay, Data + Dirt focuses on two questions: how cities are mediated and how cities are the medium itself, thus expanding Friedrich Kittler's definition of the city as the medium (The City as the Medium, 1996). Contemporary, here in particular “global city,” is seen as a medium for the “datafication” (GIS, satellite, mapping et.al), framing the “smart city” concept.

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