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Writings on Cities

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The work of Henri Lefebvre - the only major French intellectual of the post-war period to give extensive consideration to the city and urban life - received considerable attention among both academics and practitioners of the built environment following the publication in English of The Production of Space. This new collection brings together, for the first time in English ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published January 9th 1996 by Wiley-Blackwell (first published January 17th 1995)
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Anna
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Lefebvre’s Critique of Everyday Life has been on my to read list for many years. Unfortunately my local library doesn’t have it, so I borrowed the Lefebvre book it does have in order to decide whether to buy the 912 page edition of the Critique. Having finished ‘Writings on Cities’, I am disinclined to buy that somewhat overwhelming volume yet. I’ll keep an eye out for volume 1 in second hand book shops, though. ‘Writings on Cities’ was a somewhat mixed experience. As can be the case with collection ...more
Hami
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's a great read. Today, It can be consider as a classic, and a must read for urban geographers, architects, planners, and anyone who is interested in space and politics (such as artists). Lefebvre's writing is delightful and easy to digest, this book can be a good compliment to his master piece "production of space"
Nabeel Ahmed
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
All the stars are for the original text itself, which deserves five stars; two stars are subtracted for the poor presentation (explained at end).

The bulk of this book is a translation of The Right to the City, which was published in 1968 and transformed urban studies and sociology forever. Today, 50 years later, the right to the city seems like a common idea, but that is just a testament to the power of this text.

Lefebvre writes powerfully about how rationality and capitalism have reduced the
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Susana789
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Cítiť, že sa jedná o staršie texty, ale must-read. Podnetné, ale už trochu zaprášené časom (a ducha kritického marxizmu mám zažitého v jeho reálnej, nie knižnej podobe, takže tu som subjektívna).
Andrea
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theory
I love how Lefebvre opens up the city and how we look at it, how we study it, how we create it, and most importantly how we live it. This is a good selection of texts, and the only place you can find a translation of The Right to the City(/i>, which is a pivotal text in so many ways, and a source of potentially revolutionary thought. It only gets 4 stars however, because the texts themselves are riven with typos, and without having read teh original French, I am rather certain that the transl ...more
mahatmanto
Jul 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
buku ini menerjemahkan seluruh teks asli "le droit a la vie" tapi hanya menyajikan introduction dan satu bab dari teks asli "espace et politique".
Rebecca
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spatial-praxis
This is a terrible translation; Its like the writers Kofman and Lebas didn't even bother getting it proof read before it went to print. Terrible.
Blair
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
VEry well-done, but limited. Lefebvre's best work, so if you value urban philosophy, you should check this out.
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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".
“Who can ignore that the Olympians of the new bourgeois aristocracy no longer inhabit. They go from grand hotel to grand hotel, or from castle to castle, commanding a fleet or a country from a yacht. They are everywhere and nowhere. That is how they fascinate people immersed into everyday life. They transcend everyday life, possess nature and leave it up to the cops to contrive culture. Is it essential to describe at length, besides the condition of youth, students and intellectuals, armies of workers with or without white collars, people from the provinces, the colonized and semi-colonized of all sorts, all those who endure a well-organized daily life, is it here necessary to exhibit the derisory and untragic misery of the inhabitant, of the suburban dweller and of the people who stay in residential ghettoes, in the mouldering centres of old cities and in the proliferations lost beyond them? One only has to open one's eyes to understand the daily life of the one who runs from his dwelling to the station, near or far away, to the packed underground train, the office or the factory, to return the same way in the evening and come home to recuperate enough to start again the next day. The picture of this generalized misery would not go without a picture of 'satisfactions' which hides it and becomes the means to elude it and break free from it.” 0 likes
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