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The calculus of telescopic urbanism
Abstract
Developing Amin's invocation of a telescopic urbanism as more than a visual metaphor, this paper seeks to rethink its epistemological and methodological focus, resisting at the same time the tendency to oversimplify the relationship between the different optics he outlines. Threatened by a dominant meta-narrative of a numerically driven calculus, this paper identifies an opportunity in Amin's telescopic urbanism to reject the 'big-data' approach to the city. In this context, it challenges the narrow assumptions about planetary urbanization rooted in a quantitative veneer and a statistical dependency that is arbitrary and ahistorical. Moving beyond our current obsession with the ethos of enumeration, it identifies the need for a situated knowledge that accommodates the statistical alongside the anecdotal outlining not just a thesis on the urban poor but also rethinking the episteme of the city as a machine for learning. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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