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Flat Cities
Flat Cities
Actor-Networks and Political Economies

At first it seemed simple: to encompass all of Paris in a gaze we simply needed to be high up, to stand back. But where should the camera lens be put? At the top of the tower of Montparnasse? No, the view would be too squashed. At the top of Montmartre – which would have the advantage of not seeing the hideous Sacré-Coeur? Yes, but the partial view would be too oblique. At the bottom of the catacombs? We’d see only a narrow corridor, partially lit. From the blind eye of a satellite camera? We’d get only one view. From the prime minister’s window, at Matignon? We’d simply see a well-tended garden and not France, even though he ...

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