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Keller Easterling’s Extrastatecraft

Promotional rendering for King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia, 2014.

Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space, by Keller Easterling. London and New York: Verso, 2014. 252 pages.

KELLER EASTERLING’S Extrastatecraft is the latest installment in her vitally important ongoing analysis of the rapidly changing physical and political landscapes of twenty-first-century capitalism. Over the past decade and a half, the prolific Easterling has undertaken substantive studies of this subject through a rapid-fire set of essays, lectures, and books. Earlier volumes—such as Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and Its Political Masquerades (2005)—mined a heterogeneous archive of critical theory, architectural history, and political economy, mapping these fields onto a series of modern commercialized landscapes, from the nineteenth-century metropolis to contemporary corporate campuses and chain resorts. The result is something like a detournement

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