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Issue 3.1

Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Our Cities

Architecture has an on-again/off-again relationship with other disciplines when it comes to critical theory. Clare Lyster grapples with this in Learning from Logistics, a book on the contemporary nature of cities, urbanism, and territory. The narrative snuggles up to the growing genre of “crisis epistemology” of the last fifteen years, in which grim statements are made about the inadequacy of theory and the failures of practice to connect with what’s happening “out there.” Lyster’s enthusiastic work thus fits with recent contributions from François Ascher, Karen Bakker, Robert Beauregard, Neil Brenner, Keller Easterling, Ed Glaeser, Saskia Sassen, and Charles Waldheim…