Soja discusses the centrality of urbanism and its relevance in other disciplines, pointing out that we should all be urbanists now. Soja claims he wants to publish ten books before he dies, and explains in detail the contents of each one of the books.
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Soja describes his idea of publishing ten books before he dies. The first five books would be The Great Ontological Distortion on the relationship of geography, history and time, Parisian Reversals on urban spatial causality, The Spatial Turn on transdisciplinary diffusion, The City in Geohistory on the first urban settlements, and Re-Spatializing Aristotle on being political and being urban.
Soja describes the next five books he wants to write: The Urban Industrial Revolution on the role of cities in the industrial revolution, Urbanizing the Globe/Globalizing the Urban on understanding globalization, The New Regionalism on social capital as spatial capital, and Seeking Spatial Justice on environmental justice and spatial justice. Soja points out that the last book is his favorite and the most likely to be published soon.
Michael Speaks introduces Sam Jacob, and the work of his firm Fat (Fashion Architecture Taste). Jacob discusses his office as a vehicle for exploring the limits of the discipline. He argues for looking outside of the field of architecture to engage with a wider array of cultures. He cites the work of media commentator Marshall McLuhan. The first series of projects presented by Jacob treat architecture as media, or pure message. The second series observe the lingering effects of modernization.
Sam Jacob presents a series of projects that engage with a sense of place. Jacob discusses an exhibition in Ljubljana, which combines images of different geographies around the globe to communicate a sense of global flows of information. He proposes a new consideration of modernism, arguing that it was defined by radio communication, not industrialization. Jacob presents a proposal for a pedestrian bridge, and a relocation of an existing park to a new geographic location.
William Mitchell discusses the impact of new digital technology on design studios and offices. He predicts a process of geographical distribution, citing a transition of work from the design studio to the Internet. Mitchell identifies a series of new technologies that will realize this vision of geographical distribution. Mitchell concludes with a discussion of three processes: simulation, rapid prototyping and technology-supported collaboration.
Ed Soja attempts to make sense of contemporary Los Angeles and to document the emergence of spatial thinking and geographical imagination. He analyzes the term “restructuring,” identifying it as a concrete process. Soja frames Los Angeles as an image of American cities as a whole. Soja proposes “Third Space,” an alternative critical spatial awareness in which everything social, historical, imagined, experienced, and spatial comes together. He discusses the precedence of the spatial imagination over the historical imagination in contemporary architectural education. Soja critiques thinking about space as material form, stressing the importance of imagined space.
Marco Cenzatti introduces Ed Soja, identifying important themes of his research and writing, including economic restructuring, the urban condition of Los Angeles, and the importance of spatiality.