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The Urban Apparatus
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Urbanization is a system of power and knowledge, and today's city functions through the expansive material infrastructures of the urban order. In The Urban Apparatus, Reinhold Martin analyzes urbanization and the contemporary city in aesthetic, socioeconomic, and mediapolitical terms. He argues that understanding the city as infrastructure reveals urbanization to be a way of imparting functional, aesthetic, and cognitive order to a contradictory, doubly bound neoliberal regime. Blending critical philosophy, political theory, and media theory, The Urban Apparatus explores how the aesthetics of cities and their political economies overlap. In a series of ten essays, with a detailed theoretical introduction, Martin explores questions related to urban life, drawn from a wide range of global topics from the fiscal crisis in Detroit to speculative development in Mumbai to the landscape of Mars, from discussions of race and the environment to housing and economic inequality. Each essay proposes a particular mediator (or a material complex) that is shaped by imaginative practices, each answering the question What is a city, today? The Urban Apparatus serves as an urban bookend to the architectural questions explored by Martin in his earlier book Utopia's Ghost, and ultimately offers readers a way to think politically about urbanization. Reinhold Martin is professor of architecture at Columbia University. He cofounded the journal Grey Room and is author of Utopia's Ghost: Architecture and Postmodernism, Again (Minnesota, 2010). University of Minnesota PressUNIMIN-PRES9781517901349A Mishomis Book, A History-Coloring Book of the Ojibway IndiansBook 1: The Ojibway Creation StoryBenton-Banai, EdwardA01Liles, JoeA12BCB102eng20279.4279.4JNF0180400431/08/2016NP3.50ZWORLDIn these delightful coloring books, the history of the Ojibway unfolds, beginning with the story of creation; as Original Man walks the Earth, giving names to all things, Mishomis carries young readers along with Ojibway lore and with pictures asking to be brought to life. Coloring along with Mishomis's words, readers will be enchanted to discover the spirit of the Ojibway traditions. Who are the Ojibway people, and how did they come to live in the lands of the Great Lake? Let Mishomis, or Grandfather in the Ojibway language, draw you a picture. In these delightful coloring books, the history of the Ojibway unfolds, beginning with the story of creation. As Original Man (some will call him Anishinabe) walks the Earth, giving names to all things, Mishomis carries young readers along with Ojibway lore and wonder and with pictures asking to be brought to colorful life. The story follows the first five books of The Mishomis Book, telling of the Original Man's grandmother, Nokomis; of the Earth's first people; and of the Great Flood that changed everything. Thank Gitchie Manito for Turtle, on whose back the new world rests! Coloring along with Mishomis's words, readers will be enchanted to learn the legends and discover the spirit of the Ojibway traditions and way of life.
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Contents Preface Introduction: The Urban Apparatus 1. City, Country, World 2. Financial Imaginaries 3. The Thing About Cities 4. Public and Common(s) 5. Horizons of Thought 6. Polis = Oikos 7. Notes of the Housing Question 8. Broken Windows 9. Beijing in Detroit 10. Infrastructure and Mediapolitics Notes Index

About the Author

Reinhold Martin is professor of architecture at Columbia University. He cofounded the journal Grey Room and is author of Utopia's Ghost: Architecture and Postmodernism, Again (Minnesota, 2010).

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"Reinhold Martin's work productively connects debates on architectural culture to fundamental questions related to the political economy of city-building, urbanism, and urbanization. His ideas are at once philosophically grounded, historically nuanced, spatially attuned, and political."-Neil Brenner, Harvard University "The Urban Apparatus offers a brilliant meditation on the new realities and experiences of the city in a fluid and rapidly changing global situation. Reinhold Martin explores an extraordinarily diverse set of objects in ways that are illuminating, original, and often deeply moving-all of which take on special urgency in our current national and geo-political climates."-Phillip E. Wegner, University of Florida

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