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23 MARCH 2012

e-topia: Urban Life, Jim--But Not As We Know It

"The global digital network is a whole new urban infrastructure–one that will change the forms of our cities as dramatically as railroads, highways, electric power grids, and telephone networks did in the past. In this lucid, invigorating book, William Mitchell examines this new infrastructure and its implications for our future daily lives. He argues that we must extend the definitions of architecture and urban design to encompass virtual places as well as physical ones, and proposes strategies for the creation of cities that not only will be sustainable but will make economic, social, and cultural sense in an electronically interconnected and global world."

(The MIT Press)

William Mitchell (2005), "E–topia", MIT Press.



2005agoracultural purposedaily livesdigital agee-topiaeconomic value • electric power grids • electronically interconnected • extend the definitions of architecture • global digital network • global world • highways • MIT Press • new infrastructure • new urban infrastructure • our futurephysical places • railroads • social purposesustainability • telephone networks • the creation of cities • the forms of our citiesurban designvirtual placesWilliam Mitchell


Simon Perkins
03 JULY 2009

Otto Neurath and Josef Frank: habit and tradition shape daily life

"the interpretation I would like to offer is that the relationship between architectural modernism and the Vienna Circle was a problematic one at best. The principal reasons were philosophical and ideological in nature. Specifically, over the course of the second half of the 1920s and early 1930s [Otto] Neurath and Josef Frank grew increasingly skeptical [sic] of the idea that the planning of the physical environment could cause corresponding changes in the social environment. That is to say, they were acutely conscious of the role that habit and tradition played in shaping daily life, and they were not convinced that the anti–decorative language that modernist architecture embodied would bring about social and political change of its own accord."

(Nader Vossoughian, HOPOS Lecture, 25 June 2004)

Fig.1 The Müller Villa in Prague which was commissioned by František Müller and his wife Milada and built between 1928 and 1930 according to Adolf Loos's design.



Simon Perkins
13 JANUARY 2004

Corporeality is situated in dwelling space: the revolution begins at home

"[Henri] Lefèbvre gives an interpretation of [Satz] Hölderlin's assertion that the 'human being' can only live as a poet. The relationship of the 'human being' to the world, to 'nature', to his desires and corporeality is situated in dwelling space; this is where it realises itself and becomes readable. It is impossible for him to build or to have a home in which he lives, without possessing something that is different from everyday life, that points beyond itself, namely his relationship to potentiality and the imaginary. This desire is encapsulated in even the most destitute hut, the most dreary high–rise apartment in [e.g. kitsch] objects. In objects possessing exactly those qualities that modernism wanted to do away with."

(Park Fiction 1995/98)



apartmentcorporealcultural purposedifferentiationdwellingeverydayeveryday lifeHenri Lefebvrehomehuman beinghumanismhumanistic perspectivehutimaginarykitsch • Marxist humanism • naturepoetprivate space • production of space • reproduction of social relations of production • Satz Holderlin • scriptible spacessituatedsocial space • spatial justice • urban design

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