Non-place is now a common term that denotes the seamless, sterilised, transient, privatised spaces of the late 20th and early 21st century.
The prevalence of the term suggests that Marc Augé's 1992 book Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity has been deeply prescient, given the unstoppable expansion of the non-place — the preface even namechecked Dubai, a decade before its worldwide notoriety. So there's an air of vindication to the present edition, with a trenchant new introduction from the author.
Architects, especially of the superstar variety, are for Augé prime creators of non-places. Today, he argues, their only "ways out" are either a return to serious, social projects, or taking the utopian facade of the non-place literally, creating genuinely transparent, communal places.By Owen Hatherley