the infrastructural city

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The Networked Architecture Lab at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation announces a new book project, Infrastructural City: Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles, edited by Kazys Varnelis.

Planners used to deploy new infrastructure to fix existing urban ills and to support new cities on the frontier where man met nature, but today infrastructure forms a new frontier: it is itself wild, untamable and often impossible to understand. Our project takes Los Angeles as a case study to examine how out of control, hybrid, and perverted infrastructures affect the contemporary metropolis as it explores the more hacker-like means of operating in this condition.

Part-atlas, part-manual, The Infrastructural City takes an unauthorized tour through the city, brought to life through vivid essays, photographs, maps, and diagrams. This timely and lavishly illustrated book illuminates the new ways in which changing conditions of infrastructure affect life in L. A. and cities worldwide.

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