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Placing words : symbols, space, and the city
Placing words : symbols, space, and the city
Mitchell, William J. (William John), 1944-2010.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2005]

Physical Description:
ix, 224 pages ; 21 cm
"The meaning of a message, says William Mitchell, depends on the context of its reception: Shouting "fire" in a crowded theater produces a dramatically different effect from barking the same word to a squad of soldiers with guns. In Placing Words, Mitchell looks at the ways in which urban spaces and places provide settings for communication and at how they conduct complex flows of information through the twenty-first century city."--Jacket.
General Note:
Includes index.
Do we still need skyscrapers? -- After 9/11 -- Poison ivy -- The cobblestones and the beach -- Guernica II -- Beyond the city limits -- Palladio in the piazza -- Things that think -- Twilight at the drive -in -- Smackdown in cyberspce -- Smelling the brie -- An eye for an eye -- What does a pixel want to be? -- Elegy for a G4 -- The wireless groves -- Vagabond shoes -- Manolos -- A neutron walks into a bar -- Gauguin's house in paradise -- Architectural principles of the torture chamber -- King of bling -- The theatrics of terror -- Crash and burn -- The spiderman cometh -- My two cents -- The munchkin modulor -- Less is more is back -- Desperate urbanists -- Homo electronicus -- After the tsunami -- Gated community -- Camp cupcake blues -- Carriage return.
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