Concrete Reveries: Consciousness And The City by Mark KingwellConcrete Reveries: Consciousness And The City by Mark Kingwell

Concrete Reveries: Consciousness And The City

byMark Kingwell

Paperback | June 2, 2009

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In Concrete Reveries, acclaimed philosopher and cultural critic Mark Kingwell offers a thoughtful answer to Socrates’ injunction about the life worth living, using the urban experience to illustrate the dynamic between concreteness and abstraction that operates within us.Witty and authoritative, the book is an exhilarating journey through unexpected terrain.
Philosopher and critic Mark Kingwell is the author of more than ten books, including the national bestsellers Better Living and The World We Want. A professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, his scholarly work has appeared in many leading journals, including the Journal of Philosophy, Political Theory, and the Harvard Desig...
Title:Concrete Reveries: Consciousness And The CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.78 inPublished:June 2, 2009Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143013238

ISBN - 13:9780143013235

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Between Space and Place I really enjoyed reading "Concrete Reveries" -- to me the book felt like a series of landscape essays describing the evolution of spaces into places. Kingwell is a very philosophical writer and so we really get a the meta-knowledge of why cities are the way they are. As Kingwell himself states, the book is not a blueprint for an ideal city, it is not a polemic of Le Corbusier, nor is it an extension of Jane Jacobs, it is an exploration into what makes a city a city, what makes New York New York, what makes Shanghai Shanghai. Though I found the book highly readable, I think the philosophical density may appear daunting to the average reader -- Kingwell is heavy into Heidegger, Descartes, and Freud. I highly recommend "Concrete Reveries" for anyone studying urban planning or modern architecture.
Date published: 2009-05-27