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The urban revolution

Author: Henri Lefebvre
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 Urban Revolution has never been translated into  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henri Lefebvre
ISBN: 0816641595 9780816641598 0816641609 9780816641604 9781306461481 1306461480
OCLC Number: 50609383
Language Note: Translated from French.
Notes: Translation of: La révolution urbaine.
Description: xxiii, 196 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: From the city to urban society --
Blind field --
The urban phenomenon --
Levels and dimensions --
Urban myths and ideologies --
Urban form --
Toward an urban strategy --
The urban illusion --
Urban society.
Other Titles: Révolution urbaine.
Responsibility: Henri Lefebvre ; translated by Robert Bononno ; foreword by Neil Smith.

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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 Urban Revolution has never been translated into English - until now. This first English edition, deftly translated by Robert Bononno, makes available to a broad audience Lefebvre's sophisticated insights into the urban dimensions of modern life. Lefebvre begins with the premise that the total urbanization of society is an inevitable process that demands of its critics new interpretive and perceptual approaches that recognize the urban as a complex field of inquiry. Dismissive of cold, modernist visions of the city, particularly those embodied by rationalist architects and urban planners like Le Corbusier, Lefebvre instead articulates the lived experiences of individual inhabitants of the city. In contrast to the ideology of urbanism and its reliance on commodification and bureaucratization - the capitalist logic of market and state - Lefebvre conceives of an urban utopia characterized by self-determination, individual creativity, and authentic social relationships.

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