new books [inEnglish] on/by Henri Lefebvre…

Interest in Henri Lefebvre’s spatial theory / philosophy / geography continues… here are some recent publications.

Also check out Stuart Elden’s blog: progressivegeographies.com

Train graffiti and the urban

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Steven Spalding and I wrote about train graffiti and its relationship to urban process and identity formation for a chapter in the recently published book Trains, Culture and Mobility.

The book had some phenomenal contributors in it: including Alexander Medcalf, who just won an award, congrats!

[the info. below is re-posted from T2M]:

The 2011 winner of the £250 (pounds Sterling) prize is Alexander Medcalf, a PhD student at the Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History at the University of York. His submission forms part of his research into the commercial cultures of one of Britain’s best known railway companies in the first half of the twentieth century. The thesis title is “Picturing the Railway Passenger as Customer in Britain: the Great Western Railway, 1903-1939”.

Artist Lee Jang Sub: The City is an Organism

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Check out the art work by Lee Jang Sub, who imagines the city as an organic being — his work is featured on this year’s volume of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, due out soon.

The organic metaphor for the city was behind many of the nineteenth-century plans for urban restructuring–such as those by Haussmann in Paris and Ildefons Cerdà in Barcelona.

Video Lecture on Madrid’s urban space

The photo for this blog is the Puerta del sol in Madrid (in the XIXth century), check out this video lecture by Dr. Malcolm Alan Compitello of the University of Arizona where he discusses Madrid’s Urban Planning:

A Good Plan Gone Bad:  Unintended Consequences of Urban Planning in Madrid
Presented by Malcolm Compitello of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Link to video recording: http://vimeo.com/uahumanities/madridurbanplanningImage

the time/rhythms of cities

Check out this great podcast from Radiolab on cities: their rhythms, time and space; walking the city–each city has its own rhythm that can be measured (says Robert Levine…)…

Then take a look at Henri Lefebvre’s posthumously published book Rhythmanalysis on a very similar topic…