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Visions of the City - Utopianism, Power and Politics in Twentieth Century Urbanism (Paperback, New) Loot Price: R1,295
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Visions of the City - Utopianism, Power and Politics in Twentieth Century Urbanism (Paperback, New): David Pinder

Visions of the City - Utopianism, Power and Politics in Twentieth Century Urbanism (Paperback, New)

David Pinder

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"Visions of the City" is a dramatic history of utopian urbanism in the twentieth century. It explores radical demands for new spaces and ways of living, and considers their effects on planning, architecture and struggles to shape urban landscapes. The author critically examines influential utopian approaches to urbanism in western Europe associated with such figures as Ebenezer Howard and Le Corbusier, uncovering the political interests, desires and anxieties that lay behind their ideal cities. He also investigates avant-garde perspectives from the time that challenged these conceptions of cities, especially from within surrealism. At the heart of this richly illustrated book is an encounter with the explosive ideas of the situationists. Tracing the subversive practices of this avant-garde group and its associates from their explorations of Paris during the 1950s to their alternative visions based on nomadic life and play, David Pinder convincingly explains the significance of their revolutionary attempts to transform urban spaces and everyday life. He addresses in particular Constant's New Babylon, finding within his proposals a still powerful provocation to imagine cities otherwise. The book not only recovers vital moments from past hopes and dreams of modern urbanism. It also contests current claims about the 'end of utopia', arguing that reconsidering earlier projects can play a critical role in developing utopian perspectives today. Through the study of utopian visions, it aims to rekindle elements of utopianism itself.

"A superb critical exploration of the underside of utopian thought over the last hundred years and its continuing relevance in the here and now for thinkingabout possible urban worlds. The treatment of the Situationists and their milieu is a revelation."
David Harvey, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York Graduate School

General

Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: August 2005
First published: 2006
Authors: David Pinder
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-415-95311-5
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social groups & communities > Urban communities
Books > Earth & environment > Regional & area planning > Urban & municipal planning > General
LSN: 0-415-95311-1
Barcode: 9780415953115

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