The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space

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Overview

Offering social commentary at the deepest levels of historical and critical reference, The Media City links Myspace to Howard Hughes; trams to cinema; security cameras to exploding buildings; reality TV to Marx; and Lenin on privacy to Kracauer on the mass ornament. Wide-ranging and richly illustrated, it intersects disciplines and connects phenomena which are too often left isolated from each other to propose a new way of understanding public and private space and social life in contemporary cities.

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Meet the Author

Scott Mc Quire completed his Ph D in the Politics Department at the University of Melbourne in 1995. He has a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and has lectured in disciplines including politics, sociology, cinema studies, art and architecture, and media and communication. Scott has held a number of research fellowships including a visiting fellowship at the Department of Film, Theatre and Television, UCLA (1998), an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (1999-2000), and a visiting fellowship at the Celeste Bartos International Film Study Center, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000). He returned to the University of Melbourne to help establish the Media and Communication Programme in 2001. He is an active researcher who has been a Chief Investigator on six Australian Research Council funded projects. He has also received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, and has undertaken research consultancies for the Communications Law Centre, the Australian Film Commission and the Australian Key Centre for Media and Cultural Policy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Uncanny Home
PART ONE: THRESHOLDS OF THE MEDIA CITY
The Territory of Images
The City in Fragments
Liquid Cities
PART TWO: PUBLIC SPACE: STREETS, LIGHTS AND SCREENS
Electropolis
Performing Public Space
PART THREE: PRIVATE SPACE: FROM GLASS ARCHITECTURE TO BIG BROTHER
The Glass House
The Digital Home
Conclusion

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