chapter  6
Postmodern megalopolis
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This chapter returns to consider the impact of the postmodern city on our experience of living, and some of the material and conceptual features that characterize it: globalization, mass communication, simulation and hybridity. The projects featured in this chapter aim to reflect and parody these themes, which are evident in Los Angeles, and cities in Latin America and China. Conceptions of postmodernism are conceived in different ways: Soja describes a radical change in the way that we think about things – a post - modernism which encompasses multiple perspectives and is essentially interdisciplinary; Harvey suggests that the postmodern shift in thinking only superficially changes the processes of economy and production; Jameson’s description translates the ‘walking in the city’ experience of Baudelaire and de Certeau into one transformed by communication and globalism; Donna Haraway and Celeste Olalquiaga point to the destabilizing influence of high technologies. Guy Debord’s account of the plethora of visual information, Jean Baudrillard’s of simulated meaning and Paul Virilio’s of the conse quences of global communication result in an experience that Olalquiaga describes as being ‘lost in space’.