Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hello, just a quick (shameless) promotional and (self)congratulatory note to say that our book Code/Space has recently been awarded a significant academic prize by the Association of American Geographers. Rob and myself were both very surprised and pleased to won the Meridian Book Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography for 2011.

The AAG awards committee wrote: "We feel it pushed the envelope as it explained the linkages between software and human behavior in a spatial context. This book articulates how space and software have
become so intertwined that they constitute one another in our lives. It
is one of the rare books that link critical social theories with technology and philosophy. Using everyday spaces, it demonstrates how such spaces are transformed by code and how new spaces of interactions are recreated. It is the type of book that can interface with many different disciplines. It is one of the few geography books taking the technology and the potential in reconstituting space seriously."

We submitted the book to the AAG awards committee last autumn. Thanks to the publisher MIT Press for their support with this and, most especially, we are very grateful to the following people who wrote greater letters of support and commendations for us:
  • Prof. Paul Adams, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas at Austin
  • Prof. Mike Batty, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College
  • Prof. Mark Boyle, Department of Geography, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Prof. Paul Dourish, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine
  • Dr Mark Graham, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Prof. Mei-Po Kwan, Department of Geography, The Ohio State University
  • Prof. Barney Warf, Department of Geography, University of Kansas
  • Dr Matthew W. Wilson, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky


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