The Future of Public Space: SOM Thinkers Series by Allison ArieffThe Future of Public Space: SOM Thinkers Series by Allison Arieff

The Future of Public Space: SOM Thinkers Series

Introduction byAllison Arieff

Paperback | February 27, 2018

Pricing and Purchase Info

$20.49 online 
$25.50 list price save 19%
Earn 102 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Routine discussions on public space typically omit a gamut of possibilities ripe for critical discussion.

This book, the latest in the SOM Thinkers series, aims to address these questions. Here, Rachel Monroe challenges American preconceptions of the wild, wide-open West by addressing issues of surveillance; the series’ first fictional piece, by China Miéville, covers an under-examined area of public space under the guise of detective fiction; a study of public art by Ben Davis sheds light on the myths and stigmas that have accrued to public art, also asking what it can become; Christopher DeWolf shares a sensory navigation trip through a directionless Hong Kong; Michelle Nijhuis writes on the shifting ecologies of national parks; Sarah Fecht explores architecture and social life beyond Earth; while Jaron Lanier meditates on the idea of public space online, linking the prevailing, free-for-all model of the internet with a characteristically American yearning for freedom and repudiation of rules and structure. Also included are examples of public art works by Lawrence Weiner.

She is the award-winning author of Leap, An Unspoken Hunger, Refuge & most recently Red - A Desert Reader. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah.
Title:The Future of Public Space: SOM Thinkers SeriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.5 × 4.2 × 0.5 inPublished:February 27, 2018Publisher:Metropolis BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942884168

ISBN - 13:9781942884163