During an insightful talk presenting her newly published book Deep Mapping the Media City, Shannon Mattern goes beyond the current discourse and neologies on the “media city” and the “smart city”, arguing that – and exploring how- “our global cities have been mediated and intelligent for millennia”. Her book advocates for urban media archaeology, a multisensory approach to investigating the material history of networked cities. Mattern explores the material assemblages and infrastructures that have shaped the media city by taking archaeology literally—using techniques like excavation and mapping to discover the modern city’s roots in time.


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