urban consciousness…


The city expresses, concretely, the prevailing organisation of everyday life. The contemporary metropolis – space and time engineered to isolate, exhaust and abstract ushas driven the lesson home to everybody and has engendered a new utopian consciousness.” – Situationist International

Lesson / Koan : Situate your vision.

Utopia is a transformation of our urban consciousness.

BTW,

Fredric Jameson, the political theorist, argued that the question of utopia would seem to be a crucial test of our collective capacity to imagine change at all. 

As the Situationist International succinctly put it, the transformation of everyday life requires the transformation of everyday space and vice versa.

So, what has become of the ‘utopian search’?  Henri Lefebvre argues, “Although utopia might be discredited, it should not be abandoned.” The responsibility of architects and urban designers is to strive beyond the banal.  Utopian or not, planning the ideal city instead of settling upon the ‘good enough’ city, is a life’s work for all citizens.

NOTE :

Visions of the City by David Pinder 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.

Visions of the City is 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 thinking about possible urban worlds.

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