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Colin McFarlane on the City as Assemblage

Source: Paolo Rosselli (via Mañanarama)

“As a relational process of composition, assemblage signals the emergence, labour and sociomateriality of the city, and the ways in which this process becomes structured and hierarchical through inequalities of power, resource and knowledge. Assemblage underlines the ways in which urbanism is produced as an unfolding set of uneven practices that are — while being more or less open or enclosed — never inevitable, but always capable of being produced otherwise. It signifies the city not simply as an output or resultant formation, but as ongoing construction.”

Colin McFarlane, from “Assemblage and Critical Urbanism,” 2011

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