Circulation and Urbanization is a foundational investigation into the history of the urban. Moving beyond both canonical and empirical portrayals, the book approaches the urban through a genealogy of circulation – a concept central to Western political thought and its modes of spatial planning. Locating architectural knowledge in a wider network of political history, legal theory, geography, sociology and critical theory, and drawing on maritime, territorial and colonial histories, Adams contends that the urban arose in the nineteenth century as an anonymous, parallel project of the emergent liberal nation state. More than a reflection of this state form or the product of the capitalist relations it fostered, the urban is instead a primary instrument for both: at once means and ends. Combining analytical precision with interdisciplinary insights, this book offers an astonishing new set of propositions for revisiting a familiar, yet increasingly urgent, topic. It is a vital resource for all students and scholars of architecture and urban studies. This book is part of the Society and Space series, which explores the fascinating relationship between the spatial and the social. These stimulating, provocative books draw on a range of theories to examine key cultural and political issues of our times, including technology, globalisation and migration.
To Fill the Earth: The Invention of Urbanización
Ildefonso Cerdá occupies a peculiar position in the canon of European architectural and urban history. Once a figure known to many, scholarship on this Spanish engineer certainly does not afford him the centrality that others hold. His is a position that, we are told, confirms the topographies of the ‘modern city’, more than it defines them. Nor is Cerdá a figure obscured by the canon – one whose bringing-to-light in the present may help to either confirm the dominant narratives of the past or to disrupt their contours. What Cerdá’s work offers may instead be a base on which a discourse on the relationships between urban space, infrastructure, architecture and power can be ...