Monthly Archives: December 2016

A few reasons I love teaching about cities in CHID

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Jacques Besse on morning

My first pass at translating a beautiful passage from page 70-71 of La Grande Pâque: It is after 6:30 in the morning. I take rue de l’École-de-Médecine. Oddly enough, I feel very close to where I am: I dream less … Continue reading

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Intervention Symposium – “Did We Accomplish the Revolution in Geographic Thought?”

44 years ago we published David Harvey’s essay “Revolutionary and Counter-Revolutionary Theory in Geography and the Problem of Ghetto Formation”. Taking geographers to task, demanding some serious self-criticism, it was subject to its fair share of discussion and debate then, has re-appeared … Continue reading

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Claire Colebrook: “Sex and the (Anthropocene) City”

Available here.

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Designers of Worlds: The Professional-Managerial Class and Architectural Modernism

Lately I’ve been reading David Gartman’s From Autos to Architecture: Fordism and Architectural Aesthetics in the Twentieth Century. It’s quite a fine book, even if Gartman’s Marxism is a bit more orthodox than is necessary and he has a propensity … Continue reading

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material inscriptions w/ Beatriz Preciado

http://syntheticzero.net/2016/12/14/material-inscriptions-w-beatriz-preciado/

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Besse on the night sky

“Some very high clouds pass by in the light of the satellite, reminding us that the Earth ends at an altitude of 10,000 meters – a swarming universe imprisoned in a thin atmosphere like a fruit in its peel” (La … Continue reading

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Common sense aesthetics/ethics

A central theme in my dissertation is that contemporary critical urban theory must grapple with three dimension: political economy, ethics, and aesthetics. I certainly did not embark on my project from that perspective; like many, I was steeped in reading … Continue reading

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Besse after midnight

Around the midpoint of my rough translation of La Grande Pâque, I just made it through this amazing paragraph (pg 44-45): The Chevalaret station is also calm. It is the desert, the desert rebuilt in the middle of one of … Continue reading

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Dispatch on the state of the job market

UCLA’s department of Geography evidently received over 300 applications for their TT assistant professor position in human geography. Best of luck to those who were short-listed.

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