Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas
Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas
University of California Press

Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas

  • Publish Date: 2010-11-29
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Rebecca Solnit

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What makes a place? Infinite City, Rebecca Solnits brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, searches out the answer by examining the many layers of meaning in one place, the San Francisco Bay Area. Aided by artists, writers, cartographers, and twenty-two gorgeous color maps, each of which illuminates the city and its surroundings as experienced by different inhabitants, Solnit takes us on a tour that will forever change the way we think about place. She explores the area thematicallyconnecting, for example, Eadweard Muybridges foundation of motion-picture technology with Alfred Hitchcocks filming of Vertigo. Across an urban grid of just seven by seven miles, she finds seemingly unlimited landmarks and treasuresbutterfly habitats, queer sites, murders, World War II shipyards, blues clubs, Zen Buddhist centers. She roams the political terrain, both progressive and conservative, and details the cultural geographies of the Mission District, the culture wars of the Fillmore, the South of Market world being devoured by redevelopment, and much, much more. Breathtakingly original, this atlas of the imagination invites us to search out the layers of San Francisco that carry meaning for usor to discover our own infinite city, be it Cleveland, Toulouse, or Shanghai.

CONTRIBUTORS:

Cartographers: Ben Pease and Shizue Seigel

Designer: Lia Tjandra

Artists: Sandow Birk, Mona Caron, Jaime Cortez, Hugh D'Andrade, Robert Dawson, Paz de la Calzada, Jim Herrington, Ira Nowinski, Alison Pebworth, Michael Rauner, Gent Sturgeon, Sunaura Taylor

Writers and researchers: Summer Brenner, Adriana Camarena, Chris Carlsson, Lisa Conrad, Guillermo Gmez-Pea, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Paul La Farge, Genine Lentine, Stella Lochman, Aaron Shurin, Heather Smith, Richard Walker

Additional cartography: Darin Jensen; Robin Grossinger and Ruth Askevold, San Francisco Estuary Institute

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