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Durham University

Department of Geography

Departmental Research Projects

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Crang, M. Urban Morphology and the Shaping of the Transmissible City. In: Graham, S. The Cybercities Reader. London: Routledge; 2004:129-132.

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Some recent work in architecture has begun to think through the implications of an
electronically mediated environment—both in terms of new forms of spaces and of changes
to existing ones. New possibilities are read as resulting from these new technologies not only
in terms of shaping buildings but also in terms of new ways of thinking about existing
buildings. This paper traces the work of architects, such as Marcos Novak, who have used this
opportunity to think through post-Euclidean architecture, his TransArchitecture. Mike
Crang outlines the case made for seeing space as fluid, folded in complex dimensions and
eventful. However, such an approach raises political questions about what a plural city might
look like. This is explored through the ideas of Lebbeus Woods to suggest that instability of
structure may be linked to a progressive politics. City shape, it is suggested, should be thought
of a morphology, a logic of changing and transmission, rather than a static shape.

Department of Geography