Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture And Its Political Masquerades by Keller EasterlingEnduring Innocence: Global Architecture And Its Political Masquerades by Keller Easterling

Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture And Its Political Masquerades

byKeller Easterling

Paperback | September 28, 2007

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How outlaw "spatial products"-resorts, information technology campuses, retail chains, golf courses, and ports-act as cunning pawns in global politics.

In Enduring Innocence, Keller Easterling tells the stories of outlaw "spatial products"-resorts, information technology campuses, retail chains, golf courses, ports, and other hybrid spaces that exist outside normal constituencies and jurisdictions-in difficult political situations around the world. These spaces-familiar commercial formulas of retail, business, and trade-aspire to be worlds unto themselves, self-reflexive and innocent of politics. But as Easterling shows, in reality these enclaves can become political pawns and objects of contention. Jurisdictionally ambiguous, they are imbued with myths, desires, and symbolic capital. Their hilarious and dangerous masquerades often mix quite easily with the cunning of political platforms. Easterling argues that the study of such "real estate cocktails" provides vivid evidence of the market's weakness, resilience, or violence.

Enduring Innocence collects six stories of spatial products and their political predicaments: cruise ship tourism in North Korea; high-tech agricultural formations in Spain (which have reignited labor wars and piracy in the Mediterranean); hyperbolic forms of sovereignty in commercial and spiritual organizations shared by gurus and golf celebrities; automated global ports; microwave urbanism in South Asian IT enclaves; and a global industry of building demolition that suggests urban warfare. These regimes of nonnational sovereignty, writes Easterling, "move around the world like weather fronts"; she focuses not on their blending-their global connectivity-but on their segregation and the cultural collisions that ensue.Enduring Innocence resists the dream of one globally legible world found in many architectural discourses on globalization. Instead, Easterling's consideration of these segregated worlds provides new tools for practitioners sensitive to the political composition of urban landscapes.

Keller Easterling is Associate Professor, Yale University School of Architecture. She is the author of Organization Space (MIT Press, 1999).
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Title:Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture And Its Political MasqueradesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:September 28, 2007Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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How outlaw "spatial products"-resorts, information technology campuses, retail chains, golf courses, and ports-act as cunning pawns in global politics.In Enduring Innocence, Keller Easterling tells the stories of outlaw "spatial products"-resorts, information technology campuses, retail chains, golf courses, ports, and other hybrid spaces that exist outside normal constituencies and jurisdictions-in difficult political situations around the world. These spaces-familiar commercial formulas of retail, business, and trade-aspire to be worlds unto themselves, self-reflexive and innocent of politics. But as Easterling shows, in reality these enclaves can become political pawns and objects of contention. Jurisdictionally ambiguous, they are imbued with myths, desires, and symbolic capital. Their hilarious and dangerous masquerades often mix quite easily with the cunning of political platforms. Easterling argues that the study of such "real estate cocktails" provides vivid evidence of the market's weakness, resilience, or violence.Enduring Innocence collects six stories of spatial products and their political predicaments: cruise ship tourism in North Korea; high-tech agricultural formations in Spain (which have reignited labor wars and piracy in the Mediterranean); hyperbolic forms of sovereignty in commercial and spiritual organizations shared by gurus and golf celebrities; automated global ports; microwave urbanism in South Asian IT enclaves; and a global industry of building demolition that suggests urban warfare. These regimes of nonnational sovereignty, writes Easterling, "move around the world like weather fronts"; she focuses not on their blending-their global connectivity-but on their segregation and the cultural collisions that ensue.Enduring Innocence resists the dream of one globally legible world found in many architectural discourses on globalization. Instead, Easterling's consideration of these segregated worlds provides new tools for practitioners sensitive to the political composition of urban landscapes.Keller Easterling combines an ironic view of architecture with a series of brilliant offshore observations that signal the new global affair between construction and destruction. Her book is a dazzling antidote to the reigning pieties about globalization, and should be read by any serious student of global places, flows, and forms.-Arjun Appadurai, John Dewey Distinguished Professor in the Social Sciences, The New School, and author of Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization