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The Urban Revolution

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Originally published in 1970, The Urban Revolution marked Henri Lefebvre’s first sustained critique of urban society, a work in which he pioneered the use of semiotic, structuralist, and poststructuralist methodologies in analyzing the development of the urban environment. Although it is widely considered a foundational book in contemporary thinking about the city, The Urb ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 11th 2003 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published June 3rd 1970)
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Jan 06, 2013 Andrew added it
Shelves: theeeeeeory
Writing in the heady days of 1970, Lefebvre was making an impressive contribution to the urban imagination. By rejecting the market-driven and state-driven urbanism of the official account of the city, while also rejecting mainline French Marxist interpretations as structuralist obfuscation, he was pushing into new terrain.

But, unfortunately, I have to conclude that a lot of his recommendations have been gleefully co-opted by the neoliberal ideologues-- something you get the sense he was probabl
May 15, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it
Lefebvre...a great deal of difficult high-philosophy meandering that you plough through and I confess I put this book down three times before finally finishing it. But finish it I did, and thing with Lefebvre is, the gems of insight you find here and there are worth it. I think. But I can't always follow how he gets there, and I've decided that it isn't so important.

Neil Smith's intro does a great job of situating Lefebvre in the intellectual ferment of France post WWI and WWII -- along with hi
Jul 02, 2012 Sovatha rated it liked it
The book deconstructs the myths and legends of urban society and explains some of the major concepts such as urbanization and urbanism. The understanding of these important concepts should be a must read for anyone doing urban research.
Dec 09, 2015 Jeremy rated it it was ok
I really wanted to enjoy this book or find it enlightening in some way as I explore a career in Urban Planning. unfortunately, I simply found it way to philosophical to really understand what Lefebvre was talking about most of the time. Lefebvre's philosophies of urbanism underpin many of the theories I am currently learning but I just really found this text extremely difficult to see those philosophies as they were presented here.
Sep 16, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it
A good intro to Lefebvre. Some of the writing is obscure. I still don't know what a "blind field" is, seems unnecessary to put that chapter (2) so early in the work. But I am sure someone has built their career on unpacking that concept, accurately or not. I recommend Chapters 1, 3 and 4.
Feb 02, 2008 Katherine rated it it was amazing
A must-read for anyone who thinks spatially, or wants to learn about the importance of space in the city. Lefebvre is stellar and hopeful. His concept of habiting (an idea he later expands upon to call lived space) is so necessary.
Aug 10, 2009 Bob marked it as to-read
I don't own this - a remind to self to get and read so as to discuss with Tahir
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The fourth star is only for being important.
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Henri Lefebvre was a French sociologist, Marxist intellectual, and philosopher, best known for his work on dialectics, Marxism, everyday life, cities, and (social) space. He coined the slogan "the right to the city".
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