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Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media

Shannon Mattern


Offering powerful new ways of thinking about our cities, Shannon Mattern goes far beyond the historical concepts of origins, development, revolutions, and the accomplishments of an elite few. Her vivid prose leads readers through a historically and geographically broad range of stories and takes media archaeology to the city’s streets, revealing new ways to write our urban, media, and cultural histories.

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781517902438
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9781517902438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shannon Mattern, author
The New School