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The StackOn Software and Sovereignty$
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Benjamin H. Bratton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029575

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029575.001.0001

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City Layer

City Layer

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The Stack

Benjamin H. Bratton

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the third of six layers in The Stack, the City layer. It is here that The Stack becomes an apparatus of inhabitation. Global urban networks situate mobility and settlement, combining physical, informational and ecological infrastructures. These form different envelopes from which architecturally-based and software-based envelopes subdivide and enforce different rights of access and circulation. The chapter suggests that the generic and comprehensive quality of this urban condition can also produce unexpected and informal sorts of proto-cosmopolitan sovereignties, derived not from parliamentary universals but from a common relationship to those envelopes and interfaces. That agency is available, in principle, to any User, human or non-human, that can interact with various urban interfaces, including sensors, robots, machines, as well as people.

Keywords:   Architecture, Urbanism, Digital Architecture, Megastructures, Platforms, Mobile Media, Cosmopolitanism, Utopia

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