By Alexander Gutzmer

ISBN-10: 0415815347

ISBN-13: 9780415815345

ISBN-10: 1138686808

ISBN-13: 9781138686809

This booklet is an research of the cultural phenomenon of branding and its transformational results at the modern spatial – and concrete – truth. It develops a singular knowing of the explanation at the back of the development of large-scale architectural complexes that relate to company manufacturers, and of its great cultural results. the writer means that what we see this present day is the construction of "global mass ornaments", of a radical ornamentalization of the complete globe.

The origins of this are mentioned with reference to examples of company brand-building from Europe and China (Autostadt Wolfsburg, BMW Welt Munich and Anting New Town). extra circumstances are a number of simulated areas in Berlin and the space-branding actions of businesses like Apple or Prada. Theoretically, the writer develops an cutting edge poststructuralist framework, combining principles from Gilles Deleuze with the distance philosophy of Peter Sloterdijk. He analyzes how the company redefinition of house makes town input right into a mode of digital urbanity. this concept ends up in a inspiration of a "global city" and, finally, the "global mass ornament".

This suggestion of a world mass decoration is constructed right here with regards to Sloterdijk’s notion of a global of "spheres". The latter is used to appreciate the recent mode of spatiality of mediatized areas. The booklet makes the purpose that our international is taken with a technique of mass ornamentalization that has simply simply started. the concept that of the worldwide mass decoration is the 1st to come back to grips with a tradition during which branding is successfully altering the physiognomy of the earth. the worldwide mass decoration is a banner for a cultural transformation that employs structure, signal thought and mechanisms borrowed from conventional advertisements and from social media, in addition to social techniques – and that we've got but to correctly comprehend. This publication is an important breakthrough during this respect.

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