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Martin Dodge, ex-CASA, wins AAG Meridian Prize for his Book Code/Space

Martin was an RA in CASA and then lecturer from 1996 to 2004. He is now Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Manchester. He coauthored the book with another friend of CASA, ROb Kitchin of NUI. Here is the citation

On behalf of the Association of American Geographers, …, Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life, published by MIT Press, has been selected to receive the 2011 AAG Meridian Book Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography.  This distinction recognizes one book published last year that makes an unusually important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography.

 In selecting your book, the 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.”