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Plattetopia: The Prefabrication of Utopia in East Berlin

With the fall of the Berlin Wall came the licence to take a wrecking ball to its nightmare of repression. But there began the unwritten violence of Die Wende, the peaceful revolution that hides the Oedipal violence of one order killing another.

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'Global Undergrounds': The Lost, Forgotten, and Hidden Places Beneath Our Feet

Readers may use their own backgrounds and interests to frame the 80 underground sites surveyed here, but the differing storytelling styles allow a few rich stories to shine through.

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The City as Autobiography in Darryl Pinckney’s Black Deutschland

Leaping from one fragmented city to the next, Pinckney’s narrator uses history to simultaneously define and obscure himself.

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'Imaginary Cities' Is a Book to Enjoy Getting Lost In

In charting the cities of human fancy, Darran Anderson has created the opposite of an atlas.

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Modernity, Rising: 'Lifted: A Cultural History of the Elevator'

Lifted is an absorbing exploration into how the introduction of elevators into buildings transformed cities and the experience of living and working in them.

Games

Spatial Expectations and Their Effect on Our Experience of Game Worlds

How might game designers exploit our hidden vulnerability to spatial-inspired psychosis? The good news is that many already do.

Music

The Audibly Deteriorating Landscape

The ruins of Detroit identified a past that stands in contrast with Techno's futurism, but do the foreclosed homes, uninhabited luxury condos, and padlocked storefronts provide any kind of guide to tomorrow's music?

Visual Arts

The Changing Nature of the Nature of Art

As artists have become less concerned with telling stories and more concerned with creating emotional connections and mimicking experiences, art has shifted from creating beauty to expressing the heady nature of 'truth'.

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'The Secret Lives of Buildings' & the Oft Egotistical & Obsessive People Behind Them

Edward Hollis is a stylistic illusionist, adopting a variety of voices and storytelling modes as he weaves his tales of dreams, ambitions, follies, and ruins.

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Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect

The opening argument in the film is that the “Rem Koolhaas” the viewer knows, the singular genius of media accounts, especially in America, is a convenient signifier that masks another “Rem Koolhaas”, one who is not singular, but plural, a walking composition of influences, ideas, theories and collaborations.

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Buckminster Fuller's World: Emancipation by Design

The World of Buckminster Fuller shows its subject as inspired by both nature and humanity, and as having a public interested in ideas, unvarnished.

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Becoming Bucky Fuller by Loretta Lorance, R. Buckminster Fuller

This post-millennium rediscovery examines Fuller anew, seeking help with our most dire ecological and economic challenges within his philosophy of sustainability and technological balance.

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The Grid Book by Hannah G. Higgins

This is a meditation on media, representation and technology, and makes for a deeply textured and luxurious reading experience.


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