Prof. Malcolm Miles: The city is not/as a work of art?

Tomorrow sees the inaugural lecture of this years CTS [Culture, Theory and Space] lunchtime talk series. This series is about enabling and encouraging discussion, engagement and exchange amongst both staff and students in the School of Architecture, Design and Environment and the wider University.

When: Thursday 11th October1pm – 2pm
Where: Room RL210, Roland Levinsky Building

Professor Malcolm Miles: The city is not/as a work of art?
According to Jane Jacobs the city is explicitly not a work of Art. To be a work of art, the city would be idealized, abstracted, aestheticised and seen from a distant viewpoint – all contradicting Jacobs’ emphasis on the street. But, around the same time, Herbert Marcuse proposed the concept of society as a work of art, as a radical, qualitative change, from life as toil to life as joy, a ludic-erotic society. What are the implications of applying this idea to (suitably pluralised) cities? 

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