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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
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Published February 11th 2003 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published June 3rd 1970)
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Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Urban Revolution offers both an account of the way that the urban dominates the organization of life and production beyond cities themselves, and a methodology for studying this process. This was not the easiest read and it doesn't subscribe to the norms of an academic text. However, the basic insight that the urban goes beyond the city itself is easy enough to grasp.
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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
Sep 22, 2011 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.
Apr 21, 2014 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
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Jun 10, 2015 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.
Jan 27, 2014 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 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 12, 2009 rated it liked it
The fourth star is only for being important.
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Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitap kent sorunsalını ele alıyor ve çerçevelendiriyor. Bunu yaparken, bu sorunsalın tam olarak içindeki insanların sessizliğini de sorguluyor. İnsanlar, özlemleri hakkında biçimsiz mırıldanmalardan fazlasını yapamıyorlar. Bu tuhaf bir durum...

Bu sorunsalın ele alınmasında, pratik aklın ötesinde araçların işe koyulması gerekmektedir. Sadece teknik yaklaşımlar bu sorunsalı daha berbat bir hale getirmektedir. Böyle olduğunda, kentsel söylemin merkezinde yarışan bir vasatlık bulunmaktad
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque todavía no entiendo lo que son las isotopías, heterotopías y utopías para él, he aprendido mucho. Urbanitas of the world, rise up.
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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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