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By Simon Parker

For the 1st time Urban concept and the city Experience brings jointly vintage and modern methods to city learn that allows you to show the highbrow origins of city reviews, and the usually unacknowledged debt that empirical and theoretical views at the urban owe to at least one another.

Both scholars and concrete students will have fun with the severe means during which classical and modern debates at the nature of town are offered. broad use is made all through of documentary, literary and cultural resources to carry the various theoretical views to lifestyles. dialogue issues introduce and clarify key options and highbrow histories in a jargon loose demeanour. finish of bankruptcy extra readings have additionally been annotated to inspire extra study.

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Katznelson, 1992: 101) However, it is not true to say that Lefebvre was inattentive to the ways in which spatial practice played itself out in the urban environment, he simply contested the ways that traditional urbanism viewed the urban question. For Lefebvre: Spatial practice regulates life – it does not create it. Space has no power ‘in itself’, nor does space as such determine spatial contradictions. These are contradictions of society – contradictions between one thing and another within society, as for example between the forces and relations of production – that simply emerge in space, at the level of space, and so engender the contradictions of space .

Flânerie is also a function of nostalgia, or rather of the ecstatic remembrance of lost times, sensations, landscapes. Proust represents this notion of ‘landscape as epiphany’ in Swann’s Way where he tells of how The city is the realization of that ancient dream of humanity, the labyrinth. It is this reality to which the flâneur, without knowing it devotes himself. (Benjamin, 1999b: 429–30) suddenly a roof, a gleam of sunlight reflected from a stone, the smell of a road would make me stop still, to enjoy the special pleasure that each of them gave me, and also because they appeared to be concealing, beneath what my eyes could see, something which they invited me to approach and take from them, but which, despite all my efforts, I never managed to discover .

Katznelson, 1992: 101) However, it is not true to say that Lefebvre was inattentive to the ways in which spatial practice played itself out in the urban environment, he simply contested the ways that traditional urbanism viewed the urban question. For Lefebvre: Spatial practice regulates life – it does not create it. Space has no power ‘in itself’, nor does space as such determine spatial contradictions. These are contradictions of society – contradictions between one thing and another within society, as for example between the forces and relations of production – that simply emerge in space, at the level of space, and so engender the contradictions of space .

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