Borders, Interfaces and Infrastructure
This chapter discusses spatial mechanisms of mediation between diverse urban logics. I discuss xenophobia as well as the emancipatory approach to segregation. I focus especially on the difference between the Greek Polis, as an exclusive urban community, and the Roman Urbs as an inclusive node of the imperial network. This is followed by a discussion of the tension between spatial-focused and network-focused logic using the example of contemporary China to argue for a holistic, fundamentally spatial logic, which operates in and in-between different scales. In this chapter, I argue for a vision of the world as a fundamentally porous and heterogeneous entity.