Sunday, 4 January 2015

Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space by Keller Easterling

The title sounds like this book by Keller Easterling (Associate Professor, Yale University School of Architecture) is definitely a must read.

Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space

"An extraordinary guidebook to the politics of infrastructure in the contemporary world." –Stephen Graham, author of Cities Under Siege
9781781685877-max_221Extrastatecraft controls everyday life in the city: it’s the key to power – and resistance – in the twenty-first century.

Infrastructure is not only the underground pipes and cables controlling
our cities. It also determines the hidden rules that structure the
spaces all around us – free trade zones, smart cities, suburbs, and
shopping malls. Extrastatecraft charts the emergent new powers controlling this space and shows how they extend beyond the reach of government.

Keller Easterling explores areas of infrastructure with the greatest
impact on our world – examining everything from standards for the
thinness of credit cards to the urbanism of mobile telephony, the
world’s largest shared platform, to the “free zone,” the most virulent
new world city paradigm. In conclusion, she proposes some unexpected
techniques for resisting power in the modern world.

Extrastatecraft will change the way we think about urban spaces – and how we live in them.