Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory by Lukasz StanekHenri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory by Lukasz Stanek

Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of Theory

byLukasz Stanek

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In this innovative work, Lukasz Stanek frames a uniquely contextual appreciation of Henri Lefebvre’s idea that space is a social product. Stanek explicitly confronts both the philosophical and the empirical foundations of Lefebvre’s oeuvre, especially his direct involvement in the fields of urban development, planning, and architecture.

Countering the prevailing view, which reduces Lefebvre’s theory of space to a projection of his philosophical positions, Stanek argues that Lefebvre’s work grew out of his concrete, empirical engagement with everyday practices of dwelling in postwar France and his exchanges with architects and planners. Stanek focuses on the interaction between architecture, urbanism, sociology, and philosophy that occurred in France in the 1960s and 1970s, which was marked by a shift in the processes of urbanization at all scales, from the neighborhood to the global level. Lefebvre’s thinking was central to this encounter, which informed both his theory of space and the concept of urbanization becoming global.

Stanek offers a deeper and clearer understanding of Lefebvre’s thought and its implications for the present day. At a time when cities are increasingly important to our political, spatial, and architectural world, this reassessment proposes a new empirical, and practical, interpretation of Lefebvre’s ideas on urbanism.
Lukasz Stanek is postdoctoral researcher and teacher at the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture (GTA), Faculty of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
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Title:Henri Lefebvre on Space: Architecture, Urban Research, and the Production of TheoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.3 inPublished:August 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Henri Lefebvre: The Production of Theory
2. Research: From Practices of Habitation to the Production of Space
3. Critique: Space as Concrete Abstraction
4. Project: Urban Society and its Architecture
Afterword: Toward an Architecture of Jouissance
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"This book is a strong and important reassessment of the theories and writings of Lefebvre. As cities are becoming more and more an essential part of our political, spatial, and architectural world, Lukasz Stanek launches a type of new generational take on Lefebvre, one that is both more contextual and more speculative." —Mark Jarzombek, MIT