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The Urban Lifeworld

Formation Perception Representation, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter Madsen, Richard Plunz


400 pages

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Urban conditions are crucial to our experience of modernity, and, as reflected by art, literature and popular culture, have influenced contemporary ideas of what urban life is about.

The Urban Lifeworld contributes to our understanding of the cultural role of cities by offering new insight into the analysis of urban experience. Two exceptional cities, New York and Copenhagen, are the focus of this exploration of cultural representations of urban life, which investigates the contrasts between perceptions and formation of the urban lifeworld.

Integrating sociological, aesthetic and anthropological approaches to urban questions, this collection of essays presents a new vision of the cityscape which will enrich both academic debate and public life.


'Articles are interesting and well conceived.' - Architectural Review

'… among the best anthologies within the area of urban studies. The editors have suceeded in producing a truly multidisciplinary book, which highlights different aspects of urbanization, urbanism and urbanity in the modern city.' - Katarina Nylund, Planning Theory and Practice

Table of Contents

Introduction. PART I. Formation. 1. City: Culture: Nature. 2. Framing the Urban Development. 3. The Layered City. 4. Copenhagen. 5. Spotting Modern Copenhagen. 6. Midtown Manhattan at Midcentury. PART II. Perception. 7. Permeable Boundaries. 8. The Machine in the City. 9. Imaging New York. 10. Four Ways of Overlooking Copenhagen in Steen Eiler Rasmussen. PART III. Representations. 11. The Ashcan Artists. 12. Imagined. 13. Urban Life as Entertainment. 14. The Double Erasure of Times Square. 15. The Musical (Theater) as Equipment for Urban Living. 16. Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger at Times Square.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / General