Philosophical Urbanism

Lineages in Mind-Environment Patterns

Authors: Akkerman, Abraham

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  • Constitutes foundational bridge between philosophy and urban geography/planning
  • Examines Walter Benjamin’s reflection upon modernity as mind-city interaction
  • Observes gender imprints in the built environment
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This book expands on the thought of Walter Benjamin by exploring the notion of modern mind, pointing to the mutual and ongoing feedback between mind and city-form. Since the Neolithic Age, volumes and voids have been the founding constituents of built environments as projections of gender—as spatial allegories of the masculine and the feminine. While these allegories had been largely in balance throughout the early history of the city, increasingly during modernity, volume has overcome void in city-form. This volume investigates the pattern of Benjamin's thinking and extends it to the larger psycho-cultural and urban contexts of various time periods, pointing to environ/mental progression in the unfolding of modernity. 

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Abraham Akkerman is Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

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“Buildings design us as much as we them. If we trace the intimate relationships between building and self, we are in a better position to build more effectively for our fundamental needs. With an impressive array of historical examples and scholarly critique, Abraham Akkerman brings the idea of gender projection into the discussion. By tracing the human tendency to consider built environments in gendered forms—from early communal settlements through to the decay of place in the modern metropolis— Akkerman’s account is an insightful, inspiring, and invaluable resource.” (Lucy Huskinson, author of Architecture and the Mimetic Self: a psychoanalytic study of how buildings make and break our lives (2018))

Philosophical Urbanismis an epic and dazzling journey into the psychical and material configurations of built environments ranging from Bronze-Age myths to twentieth century placelessness. Akkerman deftly navigates the writings of Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Simone de Beauvoir, and others to construct a compelling argument about how urbanism’s many processes are ridden with the trials of the loss of place, the temporal and spatial manifestations of gender, and the material support of voids and volumes.” (Paul T. Kingsbury, Professor of Geography and Associate Dean, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University, Canada)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophical Urbanism
Book Subtitle
Lineages in Mind-Environment Patterns
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-29085-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-29085-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-29084-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-29087-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 193
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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