The Situationist City

Seymour, Benedict. 1998. The Situationist City. Mute, 1(11), [Article]

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Benedict Seymour discusses Simon Sadler's latest work(MIT Press, hb £24.95)

the situationist cityFaced with this scrupulous academic history of Situationist architectural theory, hardline pro-Situationists will no doubt suspect a truncated account of the Situationist project. Sadler anticipates these accusations, acknowledging that his narrow focus on the urban theory produced in the inital phase of their activity necessarily isolates Situationist ideas about the modern city from a much broader revolutionary program (they were, after all, taking on 'the ideological totality of the Western world', not just building Domes or diverting traffic). Nonetheless, he succeeds in clarifying key ideas by 're-zoning' the Situationists into the territory of post-war mainstream and experimental architectural debates, working outwards to hint at the broader implications of the Situationists' 'unitary urbanism'.

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11 Apr 2016 11:23

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