UCL Urban Laboratory


Matthew Gandy's 'The Fabric of Space' published by MIT Press

2 December 2014

The fabric of space by Matthew Gandy

Matthew Gandy's new book The Fabric of Space: Water, Modernity, and the Urban Imagination has just been published by MIT Press.

Water lies at the intersection of landscape and infrastructure, crossing between visible and invisible domains of urban space, in the tanks and buckets of the global South and the vast subterranean technological networks of the global North.

In this book, Matthew Gandy (UCL Geography and UCL Urban Laboratory Director 2005-2011) considers the cultural and material significance of water through the experiences of six cities: Paris, Berlin, Lagos, Mumbai, Los Angeles, and London. Tracing the evolving relationships among modernity, nature, and the urban imagination, from different vantage points and through different periods, Gandy uses water as a lens through which to observe both the ambiguities and the limits of nature as conventionally understood.

The book can be purchased through the publishers website.

UCL will host a book launch in January 2015. More information will be announced in due course.