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Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory (Paperback)
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Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 01/08/2011
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In this innovative work, Lukasz Stanek frames a uniquely contextual appreciation of Henri Lefebvre\u2019s idea that space is a social product. Stanek explicitly confronts both the philosophical and the empirical foundations of Lefebvre\u2019s oeuvre, especially his direct involvement in the fields of urban development, planning, and architecture. Countering the prevailing view, which reduces Lefebvre\u2019s theory of space to a projection of his philosophical positions, Stanek argues that Lefebvre\u2019s work grew out of his concrete, empirical engagement with everyday practices of dwelling in postwar France and his exchanges with architects and planners. Stanek focuses on the interaction between architecture, urbanism, sociology, and philosophy that occurred in France in the 1960s and 1970s, which was marked by a shift in the processes of urbanization at all scales, from the neighborhood to the global level. Lefebvre\u2019s thinking was central to this encounter, which informed both his theory of space and the concept of urbanization becoming global. Stanek offers a deeper and clearer understanding of Lefebvre\u2019s thought and its implications for the present day. At a time when cities are increasingly important to our political, spatial, and architectural world, this reassessment proposes a new empirical, and practical, interpretation of Lefebvre\u2019s ideas on urbanism.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816666171
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 757 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm


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"Henri Lefebvre's diverse contributions to sociospatial and urban theory have inspired considerable commentary in recent years. Lukasz Stanek's brilliant, erudite book takes the discussion to a new level of philosophical sophistication while also grounding Lefebvre's work in relation to a series of concrete engagements with architecture and urbanism in postwar France. This is a pathbreaking work, indispensable for anyone concerned to understand Lefebvre's powerful contemporary resonance as an urban thinker." -Neil Brenner, New York University


"This book is a strong and important reassessment of the theories and writings of Lefebvre. As cities are becoming more and more an essential part of our political, spatial, and architectural world, Lukasz Stanek launches a type of new generational take on Lefebvre, one that is both more contextual and more speculative." -Mark Jarzombek, MIT

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