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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect with a hot mug of No Logo., 25 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Variations on a Theme Park: The New American City and the End of Public Space (Paperback)
Michael Sorkin introduces Variations on a Theme Park with the idea that Disneyland and other parks could be used as a metonym for the city as a whole. He articulates a city and society of simulations, a neutered environment of numb stimulations where, like the hacker in Neuronancer, we don't know whether we are awake or asleep, whether things are real or simulated. For Sorkin, it is a television world, climate controlled, under surveillance. The theme park embodies contemporary consumer gratification of whim, identity aspiration profiling and the timeless ageographia of the endlessly simulated. The essays chronicles a world slowly being privatised where gated privatopias and shopping malls stand in for community and commodities stand in for responsibilities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for architects and urban planners!, 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Variations on a Theme Park: The New American City and the End of Public Space (Paperback)
As an architect and urban planner, I can recommend this book.
The essays are well written and still relevant today. They offer a great analysis of public space (or the lack thereof) in current day cities, and how these spaces are conceived and function.
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