Tag Archives: cities

Cities & Silence

“Silence seems antithetical to the city. Urban spaces are not just noisy, they are noise. To replicate the traffic sound of the Place de la Concorde during the rush-hour, George Gershwin incorporated actual Parisian taxi horns into An American in … Continue reading

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Imaginary Cities U.S. Edition

Wholehearted thanks to University of Chicago Press (and especially Levi Stahl) for publishing the U.S. edition of Imaginary Cities, available now in all good bookshops (and Influx Press for taking a chance on the book in the first place when … Continue reading

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Bonus Level

I’ve been playing video games, for my sins, since 1987. For all my flailing pretensions elsewhere, I’ve measured out my life with endless flashing Insert Coin to Continue temptations. For a long time, I became distracted by meaningless things like … Continue reading

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White Noise

Last month I had the chance to co-edit one of my favourite urbanism sites, the London-based White Noise. It’s probably best to have a look and see what catches your eye but there’s a piece on post-apocalyptic London, an interview … Continue reading

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Night White Skies

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Sean Lally for his excellent Night White Skies podcast series, on architecture, cities, the politics of space, virtual reality & the imagination. Hope you enjoy ( and listen to the full series, … Continue reading

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Mega City Dun

Thanks to everyone at the Dundee Literary Festival and those who came for a great event. There’s been an avalanche of things happening recently, which I’m still digging my way through, and tomorrow may finally be the first day I’ve … Continue reading

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Art Brut

‘The origins of Brutalism have made it a fascinating subject for those interested in space,

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