Perspecta 51, Medium

3 Contents
5 Editors’ Statement
* DIS, Thumbs That Type and Swipe, 2018
7 Jeffrey Schnapp
Luminotectonics (An Archaeology of the Searchlight)
21 Francesco Casetti
Mediascapes: A Decalogue
45 Christina Varvia
On the Retrieval of Depth
61 Ginger Nolan
Between Survival and Citizenship: Yona Friedman’s “Vulgar” Media
93 Reinhold Martin with Perspecta 51
What Architects Do Is Boring: A Conversation about Technocracy and Mediapolitics
101 Dubravka Sekulić
Space Hacks
107 Nashin Mahtani & Etienne Turpin
Neuroecologies of Attention and Intelligence in the Megacity
119 Richard Vijgen
Spectrum Tapestry: Information as a Machine for Living In
133 Shamsher Ali, Shveta Sarda & Prasad Shetty
Of Gheras, Goats, and Ghosts: Awkward Futurities of Incremental Settling
143 Scott McQuire
The City as Media
149 Molly Wright Steenson
Virtually Material: Architecture, Media, and the New Economy, 1997–2003
161 Marshall McLuhan
The Invisible Environment: The Future of an Erosion
Republished from Perspecta 11
169 Nick Axel
Architectures of Behavior
199 Moritz Gleich
From Storage to Transmission: Architecture and the Communication of Heat
215 Aleksandr Bierig
Albert Kahn, Famous Bureaucrat
227 Evangelos Kotsioris
Sensing Architecture
245 Neyran Turan
New Cadavre Exquis: Matters, Ruins, and Debris of Architecture
255 Georgios Eftaxiopoulos
No-Fun: Fun Palace and the Cult of Flexibility
263 Keller Easterling
To Play Space
271 Beatriz Colomina with Perspecta 51
Interview with Beatriz Colomina, 10.14.2017
Public Hotel, NYC
281 åyr
Calabasas 91302: “It’s weird and boring but I’m obsessed”
299 Shannon Mattern
Furnishing Intelligence
315 Shawn Maximo
331 Contributors
334 Image Credits


Shamsher Ali, Nick Axel, åyr, Aleksandr Bierig, Francesco Casetti, Beatriz Colomina, DIS, Keller Easterling, Georgios Eftaxiopoulos, Moritz Gleich, Evangelos Kotsioris, Nashin Mahtani, Reinhold Martin, Shannon Mattern, Shawn Maximo, Marshall McLuhan, Scott McQuire, Ginger Nolan, Shveta Sarda, Jeffrey Schnapp, Dubravka Sekulić, Prasad Shetty, Molly Wright Steenson, Neyran Turan, Etienne Turpin, Christina Varvia, Richard Vijgen


Shayari de Silva, Dante Furioso, Samantha Jaff


Seokhoon Choi, Carr Chadwick

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