Immaterial architectures: Urban space and electric light
Source TitleSpace and Culture
University of Melbourne Author/sMcQuire, Scott
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsMcQuire, S. (2005). Immaterial architectures: Urban space and electric light. Space and Culture, 8 (2), pp.126-140. https://doi.org/10.1177/1206331204266372.
Access StatusOpen Access
C1 - Journal Articles Refereed
Since its invention, electric lighting has had a decisive impact on the psychogeography of urban space. Concentrating on the period from 1880 to World War II, the author argues that electrical lighting has been a major factor in the emergence of modern urban environments, in which the traditional function of architecture as a stable ground has increasingly given way to a growing mutability of forms and fluidity of appearances. This tendency both paralleled and converged with the effects of modern media technologies such as cinema, contributing to the emergence of a new environment characterized by "relational space," in which the city is increasingly defined by the overlap of material and immaterial spatial regimes.
KeywordsSocial Theory; Other Cinema and Electronic Arts ; Screen and Media Culture; The Creative Arts; Visual Communication
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