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Seeing like a city

Author: Ash Amin; N J Thrift
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2016.
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Seeing like a city" means recognizing that cities are living things made up of a tangle of networks, built up from the agency of countless actors. Cities must not be considered as expressions of larger paradigms or sites of human effort and organization alone. Within their density, size and sprawl can be found a world of symbols, bodies, buildings, technologies and infrastructures. It is the machine-like  Read more...
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Amin, Ash.
Seeing like a city.
Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016017516
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ash Amin; N J Thrift
ISBN: 9781509515622 1509515623
OCLC Number: 952277148
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Prologue --
Looking through the city --
Shifting the beginning: the anthropocene --
How cities think --
The matter of economy --
Frames of poverty --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Ash Amin, Nigel Thrift.

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