Cartographies of Place – Book Review

Mia reviews Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban, edited by Michael Darroch and Janine Marchessault.

In 2015, Mia reviewed "Cartographies of Place" for the Canadian Journal of Urban Research. The interdisciplinary collection of essays, published by McGill-Queen's University Press, explores ways in which media and the urban are bound together.


In three parts – Legibility, Navigation, and Locale – the book tunes into the politics and material of media, and how they intersect with lived, imagined, and dreamed experience. Thirteen contributions build on and speak to each other. They cohere in their purpose to present media not as extraneous to the urban, but wrapped up in urbanity’s performance and its cultural cartographies; media and mappings here are active, shaping how the urban is imagined, how we encounter it, and what it can do. Themes of time, space, representation, experience, creativity, politics, and methodology are thoughtfully (re)considered by the contributors, diverse in both their disciplinary backgrounds and career stages.


The book can be found via McGill-Queen's University Press.

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