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Metabolic Urbanization: The Making of Cyborg Cities

Erik Swyngedouw

Erik Swyngedouw is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Manchester in its School of Environment and Development. Swyngedouw has authored several major works on political ecology, radical politics, economic globalization, regional development, finance, and urbanization, including Can Neighbourhoods Save the City? with eds. Gonzalez, Martinelli and Moulaert (Routledge, 2010), In the Nature of Cities with eds. Heynen and Kaika (Routledge 2005), Social Power and the Urbanization of Water (Oxford University Press, 2004), The Globalized City with Moulaert and Rodriguez, (Oxford, 2003) and The Urbanization of Injustice with ed. Merrifield (Lawrence and Wishart, 1996). His forthcoming book will be on Modernization, Water and Social Power in Spain, 1898–2010 (MIT Press). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Architectural Theories of the Environment : Posthuman Territory

Routledge, 2013

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... The Making of Cyborg Cities Erik Swyngedouw A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of 1 fiction. Haraway (1990) Cities are constituted through dense...