Tuesday, November 07, 2006

City as machine for the extraction of surplus-value

Here's a link to a pdf version of the Scott McQuire text 'From Glass Architecture to Big Brother.'

I don't think it's mentioned in any of the essay questions but thinking about architecture and the city in terms of Capital might be a possibility for some of you. The Italian architectural theorist, in terms similar to those of Panzieri, has talked about the bourgeois city that emerged in Paris in the second half of the 1800s as being ‘objectively structured like a machine for the extraction of surplus value, in its own conditioning mechanisms the city reproduces the reality of the ways of industrial production’ (Architecture and Utopia, MIT Press, p. 83). Just a thought.

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