Ether 1 Proliferation

The contemporary city is a product of the Cold War.

With the Cold War as an excuse for creative destruction, both East and West were able to wage wars on the existing city. The Cold War totally transformed the bourgeois metropolis, turning this obsolete product of an earlier era of more primitive accumulation into the postmetropolitan realm. Under threat of the Bomb, the concentrated, vertical city of congestion was replaced by the dispersed, horizontal decongested city. The dense fabric of the city was opened up, transforming an urban texture to an field of objects.