Extrastatecraft : the power of infrastructure space / Keller Easterling.

by Easterling, Keller, 1959- [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: London ; Verso, 2014.Description: 252 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 1781685878; 9781781685877.Other title: Extra state craft; Power of infrastructure space.Subject(s): Infrastructure (Economics)Looking glass | Power (Social sciences)Looking glass | Space (Architecture) -- Social aspects
Zone -- Disposition -- Broadband -- Stories -- Quality.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Extrastatecraft controls everyday life in the city: it's the key to power - and resistance - in the twenty-first century.

Infrastructure is not only the underground pipes and cables controlling our cities. It also determines the hidden rules that structure the spaces all around us - free trade zones, smart cities, suburbs, and shopping malls. Extrastatecraft charts the emergent new powers controlling this space and shows how they extend beyond the reach of government.

Keller Easterling explores areas of infrastructure with the greatest impact on our world - examining everything from standards for the thinness of credit cards to the urbanism of mobile telephony, the world's largest shared platform, to the "free zone," the most virulent new world city paradigm. In conclusion, she proposes some unexpected techniques for resisting power in the modern world.

Extrastatecraft will change the way we think about urban spaces - and how we live in them.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Zone -- Disposition -- Broadband -- Stories -- Quality.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. 7)
  • Introduction (p. 11)
  • 1 Zone (p. 25)
  • 2 Disposition (p. 71)
  • 3 Broadband (p. 95)
  • 4 Stories (p. 137)
  • 5 Quality (p. 171)
  • 6 Extrastatecraft (p. 211)
  • Afterword (p. 239)
  • Index (p. 243)

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Publishers Weekly Review

Easterling (Organization Space and Enduring Innocence), an architect and Yale professor, offers an intelligent, even revelatory examination of the invisible "rules governing the space of everyday life," the "operating system" of the built environment that she has coined the "infrastructure space." Analyzing the development and effects of free trade zones, broadband distribution, and quality control standards, she draws on Marshall McLuhan's maxim "the medium is the message" to consider what an infrastructural matrix is "doing rather than what it is saying." The book aims to uncover how corporations bypass governments and exert power through urban architecture's hidden "software" in insidious ways that often contradict its benign and banal public face. Easterling challenges architects and urban planners to reconsider their modus operandi and follow the example of James Oglethorpe, who founded Savannah, Ga., in the 18th century not with a master plan, but rather by establishing a flexible protocol that "modulated the relative proportions of public, private, open, and agricultural space." Controversially and entertainingly, she also urges social justice and environmental activists to increase their effectiveness by manipulating infrastructure space. This task can be accomplished using "techniques that are less heroic, less automatically oppositional, more effective and sneakier," such as gossip, compliance, comedy, misdirection, and distraction. Easterling's fresh, lucid thoughts on the true function of public space have resulted in a scholarly but surprisingly accessible book. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Keller Easterling is an award-winning writer, architect and Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. She is the author of Organization Space and Enduring Innocence , which was named Archinect 's Best Book of 2005. Easterling is also the author of two essaylength books: an ebook, The Action Is the Form: Victor Hugo's TED Talk and a forthcoming book Subtraction . Her writing and design work will be included in the 2014 Venice Biennale. Easterling lectures widely in the US and abroad and contributes to, among others, Domus, Artforum, Grey Room, E-Flux, Cabinet and Volume .