The City Beyond Maps

My essay “The City Beyond Maps,” originally published in Pasajes de Arquitectura y Critica, September, 2003, is now uploaded to the new Drupal version of this site.

This article is the final of four articles commissioned by Pasajes to re-examine the relationship of architecture and capital at the start of the millennium. The other three are: Hallucination in Seattle, on Gehry’s Experience Music Project, Cathedrals of the Culture Industry, on OMA’s competition entry for LACMA, Disney Hall, and Eli Broad, and A Brief History of Horizontality: 1968/1969 to 2001/2002, on 9/11, Archizoom, and FOA’s Yokohama Terminal.

This essay considers downtown Los Angeles from the perspective of a critical theory of network technology and suggests that, as we search for new theories to understand architecture and culture after postmodernism, it is not the Disney Concert Hall that succeeds Fredric Jameson’s Bonaventure Hotel, it is carrier hotel One Wilshire. One Wilshire is, of course, also the topic of AUDC’s project, Ether

Read it [here]

You may also want to look at Marc Tuters’s essay Locative Space: Situated and Interconnected” on the Networked Publics site. Marc and I are working together this semester and these two pieces work well together.