implosions explosions


In 1970, Hen­ri Lefeb­v­re put for­ward the radi­cal hypo­the­sis of the com­ple­te urba­niza­ti­on of socie­ty, a cir­cum­s­tance that in his view requi­red a radi­cal shift from the ana­ly­sis of urban form to the inves­ti­ga­ti­on of urba­niza­ti­on pro­ces­ses. Dra­wing tog­e­ther clas­sic and con­tem­po­ra­ry texts on the “urba­niza­ti­on ques­ti­on”, this book explo­res various theo­re­ti­cal, epis­te­mo­lo­gi­cal, metho­do­lo­gi­cal and poli­ti­cal impli­ca­ti­ons of Lefebvre’s hypo­the­sis. It assem­bles a series of ana­ly­ti­cal and car­to­gra­phic inter­ven­ti­ons that super­se­de inhe­ri­ted spa­ti­al onto­lo­gies (urban/rural, town/country, city­/­non-city, society/nature) in order to inves­ti­ga­te the uneven implo­si­ons and explo­si­ons of capi­ta­list urba­niza­ti­on across places, regi­ons, ter­ri­to­ries, con­ti­nents and oce­ans up to the pla­ne­ta­ry scale.

Neil Bren­ner (Hg.): Implo­si­ons / Explo­si­ons : Towards a Stu­dy of Pla­ne­ta­ry Urba­niza­ti­on.
jovis Ver­lag. Ber­lin, 2014.

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