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Code and Clay, Data and DirtFive Thousand Years of Urban Media$
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Shannon Mattern

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517902438

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.001.0001

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Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis

Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis

Aggregating Histories of Writing and urbanization

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(p.85) 3 Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis
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Code and Clay, Data and Dirt
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Shannon Mattern

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.003.0003

“Of Mud, Media, and the Metropolis…,” examines the entwined histories of brick-making, mark-making, and city-building. I examine how urban surfaces have served as substrates for writing, from ancient epigraphy to contemporary graffiti; how written documents have been critical to our cities’ operations; and how our scripts’ formal properties are often reflected in urban form.

Keywords:   Cities urban media cultural history archaeology infrastructure print radio sound telecommunications

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