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.

The Becoming-Territorial of the City

The Becoming-Territorial of the City
The Becoming-Territorial of the City

At the end of the eighteenth century, the European city had entered its first general crisis. Initially a crisis of epistemic proportions, by the early nineteenth century it became impossible to deny the socio-political dimensions this crisis entailed. Provoked by the internal demands that the space of the state exerted and made visible for the first time as a conceptual problem within it, the city seemed to be a space lacking a positive form of knowledge to allow its rationalization within the state – a governmental problem that was made manifest by the increasing incapacity of its physical spaces, organization and administration in the face of a now dominant œconomic state reason. Architects and elites ...

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