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The fabric of space : water, modernity, and the urban imagination / Matthew Gandy.

By: Gandy, Matthew.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2014Description: x, 351 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780262028257 (hbk.).Subject(s): Water resources development | Sewerage | Water use -- Social aspects | Municipal water supply -- Economic aspects | City and town life | Urban ecology (Sociology)DDC classification: 333.9115 GAN Online resources: Table of contents
Contents:
Periodicities and metabolisms -- The Paris sewers and the rationalization of urban space -- Borrowed light: journeys through Weimar Berlin -- Mosquitoes, modernity, and post-colonial Lagos -- Water, poverty, and urban fragmentation in Mumbai -- Tracing the Los Angeles River -- Fears, fantasies, and floods : the inundation of London.
Summary: "Water lies at the intersection of landscape and infrastructure, crossing between visible and invisible domains of urban space, in the tanks and buckets of the global South and the vast subterranean technological networks of the global North. In this book, Matthew Gandy considers the cultural and material significance of water through the experiences of six cities: Paris, Berlin, Lagos, Mumbai, Los Angeles, and London. Tracing the evolving relationships among modernity, nature, and the urban imagination, from different vantage points and through different periods, Gandy uses water as a lens through which to observe both the ambiguities and the limits of nature as conventionally understood."--Publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-337) and index.

Periodicities and metabolisms -- The Paris sewers and the rationalization of urban space -- Borrowed light: journeys through Weimar Berlin -- Mosquitoes, modernity, and post-colonial Lagos -- Water, poverty, and urban fragmentation in Mumbai -- Tracing the Los Angeles River -- Fears, fantasies, and floods : the inundation of London.

"Water lies at the intersection of landscape and infrastructure, crossing between visible and invisible domains of urban space, in the tanks and buckets of the global South and the vast subterranean technological networks of the global North. In this book, Matthew Gandy considers the cultural and material significance of water through the experiences of six cities: Paris, Berlin, Lagos, Mumbai, Los Angeles, and London. Tracing the evolving relationships among modernity, nature, and the urban imagination, from different vantage points and through different periods, Gandy uses water as a lens through which to observe both the ambiguities and the limits of nature as conventionally understood."--Publisher.

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