Matthew Gandy has written a new and potentially important examination of place and water, providing evidence and insight into the experiencing, making, and consuming of water in modernity.—Antipode—
Urban planners, civil engineers, city designers, governmental and business officials would all benefit from reading this book. It gives an important, comprehensive summary about water needs and water management strategies and the affiliated environmental, social and governance issues related to water infrastructure. At a time when climate change and the influence of water is moving higher up the agenda for many cities and rural areas, this book is a valuable reference for understanding what happened in the past, why it worked or did not, and some possible pathways for managing water more effectively, efficiently and usefully into the future. Highly recommended reading.
—3D Visualization World
In addition to valuable information about six distinct urban experiences, the book is an insightful read thanks to Gandy’s outstanding talent in managing multiple sources of data to address the modernization process. This skill enables the author to bridge the gaps between different epistemological realms such as public discourse, scientific knowledge, and individual creativity.
—Journal of Political Ecology
Modernity is not just a state of mind or a set of material transformations, but a formative concept. That water is introduced as an essential element in the urban transformation process physically, intellectually, socially, and culturally is at the heart of the book. Gandy could have extended his argument beyond cities, and maybe someone will. But the simultaneous clarity of his basic argument and the many complexities of the variety of stories he tells make The Fabric of Space most exceptional. That the book left me with so many questions not only about water is a tribute to its value.
—Journal of Historical Geography