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Michael Kimmelman: In Protest, the Power of Place , The New York Times Sunday Review, October 15, 2011. “THE ever expanding Occupy Wall Street movement, with encampments now not only in Lower Manhattan but also in Washington, London and other cities, proves among other things that no matter how instrumental new media have become in spreading protest these days, nothing replaces people taking to the streets” …

Roddy Doyle: The City: Dublin, Sep 18, 2011. “Dublin is a city of words” … In the Newsweek Magazine Roddy Doyle listens to the banter and the gab of Ireland’s chatty capital (The Daily Beast via@matthiasrascher)

Marcus Westbury: Cities as software, May 23rd, 2011. While the built environment and geography of cities is their hardware, they are also places that can be compared to laboratories in which to try and experiment. This software of the city is partially cultural context, history and economic circumstances. As the author puts it: “creative people are usually capable of hammering their own ideas around whatever starting position or location you give them.” The hardware of the city evolves slowly over time. The software offers countless possibilities. The topic here is how to “make the city work for people for whom it had not worked in a long time” and the example given is Newcastle. But the overall message may have far broader implications.


Bill Hillier: Space is the machine. A configurational theory of architecture

This is the 2007 electronic edition of a book which was first published in 1996 by Cambridge University Press and is long out of print. The basic theme of this and other publications by the same author is space as an aspect of social life emphasizing the nature of cities as complex self-organizing systems. The focus is on the concept of ‘configuration’ exploring, broadly speaking, relations taking into account other relations. In these times of fierce competition of financial centres worldwide, the question of what makes a city, and what makes its success as financial centre, is of growing importance. While Hillier’s work at first view seems of no direct relevance to the latter one – although an impressive general record of cross-disciplinary exchanges has developed around it – it offers a wealth of stimulating ideas and observations that may contribute to answer it.


Preface to the e-edition v
Acknowlegdements xii
Introduction 1
Part one Theoretical preliminaries
Chapter one What architecture adds to building 10
Chapter two The need for an analytic theory of architecture 39
Chapter three Non-discursive technique 65
Part two Non-discursive regularities
Chapter four Cities as movement economies 111
Chapter five Can architecture cause social malaise? 138
Chapter six Time as an aspect of space 171
Chapter seven Visible colleges 190
Part three The laws of the field
Chapter eight Is architecture an ars combinatoria? 216
Chapter nine The fundamental city 262
Part four Theoretical syntheses
Chapter ten Space is the machine 288
Chapter eleven The reasoning art 314
Index 344



From the abstract:
The International Financial Services (IFS) industry is restructuring internally and by location. … The ICT revolution has made those IFS that can be commoditized footloose in search of cost efficiency. High value-added services, however, will continue to be developed and co-ordinated in a few major IFS centers …


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