Quality Conference

Workshop-Colloquium on 8 and 9 October 2010
‘Urban Crisis and Resistance’

Delft School of Design (TU Delft) & The Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University),

Rachel Hurdley (Cardiff University), Robin Smith (Cardiff University), Marga Munar Bauza (WSA), Cristian Suau (WSA), Isabelle Doucet (University of Manchester), Patrick Healy (Delft School of Design), Heidi Sohn (Delft School of Design), Signe Sophie Boggild (Copenhagen), Maros Krivy (University of Helsinki), Andrej Radman (Delft School of Design), Tahl Kaminer (Delft School of Design), Alain Chiaradia (Cardiff University), Alison Brown (Cardiff University)

The city, broadly understood, is not merely a product of society, but also has a specific role in society. Since modernity, the role of the city has become central to society’s transformation and development on multiple levels and in diverse spheres. According to David Harvey, it is a vital organ in capital accumulation via urban development; according to Georg Simmel and Massimo Cacciari, it functions as a social-integration machine. Henri Lefebvre identified the role of the city in the organization – and re-organization- of labour, capital, and everyday life, but also offered the hope of an urban revolution – defining an alternative path to the one taken by middle-class, capitalist society. The city is thus understood as both an expression and producer of social relations, of the organization of economic production, of politics, of ideology, and of culture. Consequently, the study of the ‘problématique urbaines’ necessitates also a study of society itself.

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