IrelandAfterNAMA’s own Rob Kitchin has won two major book awards for his book ‘Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life‘, co-authored with Martin Dodge, and published by MIT Press.  The American Library Association has awarded the book ‘CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2011’.  The Association of American Geographers have awarded the book the 2011 ‘AAG Meridian Book Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography’.  The Meridian Award recognizes one book, from across the whole discipline, that ‘makes an unusually important contribution to advancing the science and art of geography’.

In selecting the book, the AAG 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.”

The Meridian Award will be presented to Prof Kitchin on February 28, 2012 in the Trianon Ballroom of the New York Hilton in Manhattan, at the AAG’s annual conference to be attended by over 8,000 geographers.

Kitchin, R. and Dodge, M. (2011)  Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life.  MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.  978-0-262-04248-2