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Psychogeography festival, 23 Feb

Cities & Space Posted on 13 Feb, 2017 10:23:24

Terminalia, the Festival of Psychogeography on 23 Feb 2017.


Line up:

* 11am London, Vauxhall Bus Station: Exploring Boundaries and Monuments.

* All day, Anywhere: Terminalia Synchronised Walk

* 12pm Cambridge, Castle Mound: Burn British Psychogeography!

* 12.40pm Leeds, Kirkgate Market: WorkersLunchTime

* 1.30pm Leeds, Kirkgate Market: Threads – a market mis-guide

* 5.55pm Leeds, “Centered: Threshold / Hearth”

* 6pm Leeds, Central Road: Beating the Bounds – Circular walk around
medieval boundary of Leeds.

Marxist Thought and the City

Cities & Space Posted on 18 Jan, 2017 13:08:07

Marxist Thought and the City
Henri Lefebvre

Translated by Robert Bononno
Foreword by Stuart Elden

University of Minnesota Press 2017.

One of the most influential Marxist theorists of the twentieth century, Henri Lefebvre first published Marxist Thought and the City in French in 1972, marking a pivotal point in his evolution as a thinker and an important precursor to his groundbreaking work of urban sociology, The Production of Space. Marxist Thought and the City—in which he reviews the work of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels for commentary and analysis on the life and growth of the city—now appears in English for the first time.

Rooted in orthodox Marxism’s analyses of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, with extensive quotations from the works of Marx and Engels, this book describes the city’s transition from life under feudalism to modern industrial capitalism. In doing so it highlights the various forces that sought to maintain power in the struggles between the medieval aristocracy and the urban guilds, amid the growth of banking and capital.

Providing vital background and supplementary material to Lefebvre’s other books, including The Urban Revolution and Right to the City, Marxist Thought and the City is indispensable for students and scholars of urbanism, Marxism, social geography, early modern history, and the history of economic thought.


Henri Lefebvre – reading guide

Cities & Space Posted on 29 May, 2015 09:50:12

Stuart Elden has put together a very useful beginner’s guide to Henri Lefebvre which I’ve re-posted below from his Progressive Geographies blog:


What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned?

Cities & Space Posted on 30 Mar, 2015 17:17:25

What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned? Exploring the pristine ruins of Second Life and other online spaces

Laura E. Hall, The Atlantic

The Atlantic, 13 July 2014


Guardian article – A lament for the death of bohemian London

Cities & Space Posted on 30 Mar, 2015 16:43:46

A lament for the death of bohemian London
John Harris

The eviction of the 12 Bar Club squatters is just the latest chapter in a devastating saga of politics aligning with business…

The Guardian, 6 February 2015


Nightwalking: a subversive stroll through the city streets

Cities & Space Posted on 30 Mar, 2015 16:15:58

Nightwalking: a subversive stroll through the city streets

Walking at night has always been the pursuit of the lost, the lonely, the deviant and dispossessed. Yet in today’s cities it can have a rebellious role…

The Guardian
, 27 March 2015


Guardian article on privatisation of urban space

Cities & Space Posted on 30 Mar, 2015 16:08:12

What is the most private city in the world?

The proliferation of high-security, privatised plazas is making parts of world cities such as London and Dubai reminiscent of an airport lounge

The Guardian, 26 March 2015


Elizabeth Lebas obituary

Cities & Space Posted on 04 Jul, 2014 17:26:14

I was very saddened to learn of the death from cancer of my PhD supervisor Elizabeth Lebas. While looking up details of her 2011 book Forgotten Futures: British Municipal Cinema 1920-1980 a couple of days ago I unexpectedly came across her obituary published in The Guardian on 1 July.

David Harvey & Andy Merrifield

Cities & Space Posted on 06 May, 2014 17:44:58

Video: David Harvey and Andy Merrifield in conversation at Birkbeck:


Henri Lefebvre recordings

Cities & Space Posted on 18 Mar, 2014 14:23:01

Re-blogged from Progressive Geographies

Henri Lefebvre recordings – three audio; one video

Three audio recordings of Lefebvre. The first from 1975 is
the most wide-ranging; the second is a brief discussion from 1970 that
discusses La fin de l’histoire; and the third is on space. There is also this video interview.


Will Self On Guy Debord – podcast

Cities & Space Posted on 11 Feb, 2014 13:16:44

A podcast of Will Self in discussion with Patrick Keiller and Matthew Beaumont at the LRB bookshop can be accessed on the writer’s website: here

Will Self LRB review of Keiller book

Cities & Space Posted on 05 Feb, 2014 12:41:38

A review of Patrick Keiller’s ‘The View from the Train’ by Will Self has been published in the London Review of Books – access here

New Henri Lefebvre publication: Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment

Cities & Space Posted on 12 Dec, 2013 09:07:23

Re-blogged from progressivegeographies

A previously unpublished manuscript by Henri Lefebvre, Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment
is forthcoming with University of Minnesota Press. Edited by Łukasz
Stanek and translated by Robert Bonnano, this is going to be a
significant moment in the discussion of his work, especially since the
manuscript remains unpublished in French.

The relationship between bodily pleasure, space, and
architecture—from one of the twentieth century’s most important urban
theorists Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment,
the first publication of Henri Lefebvre’s only book devoted to
architecture, redefines architecture as a mode of imagination rather
than a specialized process or a collection of monuments. Lefebvre calls
for an architecture of jouissance—of pleasure or enjoyment—centered on
the body and its rhythms and based on the possibilities of the senses.


Henri Lefebvre and Education

Cities & Space Posted on 13 Nov, 2013 13:33:48

Reblogged from Progressive Geographies

Sue Middleton’s book Henri Lefebvre and Education:
Space, Theory, History
is forthcoming in November with Routledge.

During his lifetime Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991) was renowned in France as a philosopher, sociologist and activist. Although he published more than 70 books, few were available in English until The Production of Space was translated in 1991. While this work – often associated with geography – has influenced educational theory’s ‘spatial turn,’ educationalists have yet to consider Lefebvre’s work more broadly.

This book engages in an educational reading of the selection of Lefebvre’s work that is available in English translation. After introducing Lefebvre’s life and works, the book experiments with his concepts and methods in a series of five ‘spatial histories’ of educational theories. In addition to The Production of Space, these studies develop themes from Lefebvre’s other translated works: Rhythmanalysis, The Explosion, the three volumes ofCritique of Everyday Life and a range of his writings on cities, Marxism, technology and the bureaucratic state. In the course of these inquiries, Lefebvre’s own passionate interest in education is uncovered: his critiques of bureaucratised schooling and universities, the analytic concepts he devised to study educational phenomena, and his educational methods.

Throughout the book Middleton demonstrates how Lefebvre’s conceptual and methodological tools can enhance the understanding of the spatiotemporal location of educational philosophy and theory. Bridging disciplinary divides, it will be key reading for researchers and academics studying the philosophy, sociology and history of education, as well as those working in fields beyond education including geography, history, cultural studies and sociology.

The View from the Train

Cities & Space Posted on 21 Oct, 2013 15:53:10

New Book: The View from the Train: Cities and Other Landscapes

by Patrick Keiller (Verso, 2013)

Essays by the iconic British filmmaker on the relationship between film, cities and landscape

“Robinson believed that, if he looked at it hard enough, he could cause the surface of the city to reveal to him the molecular basis of historical events, and in this way he hoped to see into the future.”

In his sequence of films, Patrick Keiller retraces the hidden story of the places where we live, the cities and landscapes of our everyday lives. Referencing writers such as Benjamin and Lefebvre, this collection follows his career since the late 1970s, exploring themes including the surrealist perception of the city; the relationship of architecture and film; how cities change over time, and how films represent this; as well as accounts of cross-country journeys involving historical figures, unexpected ideas and an urgent portrait of post-crash Britain.


The Aerial View in Visual Culture

Cities & Space Posted on 21 Oct, 2013 14:23:41

New Book
: Seeing from Above: The Aerial View in Visual Culture, Edited by: Mark Dorrian, Frederic Pousin. IB TAURIS 2013.

The view from above, or the “birds-eye” view, has become so ingrained in contemporary visual culture that it is now hard to imagine our world without it. It has risen to pre-eminence as a way of seeing, but important questions about its effects and meanings remain unexplored. More powerfully than any other visual modality, this image of “everywhere” supports our idea of a world-view, yet it is one that continues to be transformed as technologies are invented and refined. This innovative volume, edited by Mark Dorrian and Frederic Pousin, offers an unprecedented range of discussions on the aerial view, covering topics that range from sixteenth-century Roman maps, to the Luftwaffe’s aerial survey of Warsaw, to Google Earth. Underpinned by a cross-disciplinary approach that draws together diverse and previously isolated material, this volume examines the politics and poetics of the aerial view in relation to architecture, art, film, literature, photography and urbanism and explores its role in areas such as aesthetics and epistemology. Structured through a series of detailed case studies, this book builds into a cultural history of the aerial imagination.


Whither Urban Studies?

Cities & Space Posted on 25 Jun, 2013 08:48:39


Andy Merrifield, Edward Soja and Maria Kaika debate on ‘Wither urban studies’ at the University of Manchester (16/11/2012)