The problem of scale : the city, the territory, the planetary

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Since they cannot secure themselves in common notions of value, classical definitions of scale grounded in systems of proportion can no longer be considered relevant. The thesis therefore sets out a way of understanding scalar genesis or individuation. Drawing on the work of Gilles Deleuze, Gilbert Simondon, Manuel Delanda and Michel Foucault it attends to this scalar genesis across three registers: the ontological, the epistemological and the discursive. Using a series of case studies such as an urban design project by Oscar Niemeyer in Lebanon, an experiment in cybernetic management in Chile, and the present issues surrounding the modeling and politics of the earths climate as exemplars of individuation at the scale of the city, the territory and the planetary, the thesis concludes by suggesting that every event of scalar genesis links together unique problematics across ontological, epistemological and discursive registers, in what is described as a chain of immanence. It concludes by suggesting that the political question of value with respect to scale can now return, but only in so far as this value is immanent to the scalar problematic in question.
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