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Unlearning the City: Infrastructure in a New Optical Field

Swati Chattopadhyay


Cities are more than concrete and steel infrastructure. But modern urban theory does not have the language to describe and debate the vital component of urban life that is lived on the streets of cities and towns. This book presents a nuanced argument for a new vocabulary of the city, proposing a way of analyzing the materiality of the urban that captures the ever-changing element of human experience. Urban life is intrinsically messy and usually refuses to conform to the rigid views laid down in much of urban studies theory. The book looks at urban life in India with a fresh perspective that ... More

Keywords: cities, modern urban theory, urban life, urban studies theory, India, vehicular art, street cricket, political wall writing, religious festivities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816679317
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816679317.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Swati Chattopadhyay, author
Associate Professor, Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara