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Media Houses

Architecture, Media, and the Production of Centrality

Staffan Ericson and Kristina Riegert

In much recent theory, the media are described as ephemeral, ubiquitous, and de-localized. Yet the activity of modern media can be traced to spatial centers that are tangible enough – some even monumental. This book offers multidisciplinary and historical perspectives on the buildings of some of the world’s major media institutions. Paradoxically, as material and aesthetic manifestations of «mediated centers» of power, they provide sites to the siteless and solidity to the immaterial. The authors analyse the ways that architectural form and organization reflect different eras, media technologies, ideologies, and relations with the public in media houses from New York and Silicon Valley to London, Moscow, and Beijing.
Contents: Staffan Ericson/Kristina Riegert/Patrik Åker: Introduction – Staffan Ericson: The Interior of the Ubiquitous: Broadcasting House, London – Kristina Riegert: The End of the Iconic Home of Empire: Pondering the Move of the BBC World Service from Bush House – Patrik Åker: Ostankino TV Tower, Moscow: An Obsession with Space – Peter Jakobsson/Fredrik Stiernstedt: Googleplex and Informational Culture – Shannon Mattern: Edge Blending: Light, Crystalline Fluidity, and the Materiality of New Media at Gehry’s IAC Headquarters – Sven-Olov Wallenstein: Looping Ideology: The CCTV Center in Beijing – Helena Mattsson: Real TV: Architecture as Social Media.