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Brian McGrath & Grahame Shane

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 36: Introduction: Metropolis, Megalopolis and Metacity

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Introduction: Metropolis, Megalopolis and Metacity
Introduction: Metropolis, megalopolis and metacity
BrianMcGrath and GrahameShane

With much fanfare, the urban century has arrived at the very moment that the definitions and meanings of the terms city, metropolis and territory seem to be exhausted. Manuel Castells (1999) pinpointed the dilemma when he said that more and more we live in an urban society without cities. Even within this Handbook's brief thirty-year time frame, architectural theories of the city have continually readjusted the meaning of these terms in response to huge shifts in the geopolitical landscape: the first oil shock and challenge to American hegemony in the 1970s, the rise of deregulated neo-liberal globalization and the fall of the Berlin Wall in the 1980s, the emergence of the internet's irrational exuberance ...

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