As a complement to today’s Funambulist post on Rebel Cities, the last essay by marxism historian David Harvey, (that you can integrate with Owen Hatherley’s review, or, if you understand french, with Urbain trop Urbain‘s) here’s a direct link to the complete book Megacities (Possible urban worlds), by the same author.
The book was published by the Megacities foundation in the occasion of the lecture given by Mr.Harvey on Nov 16th, 2000 as the fourth of a session of nine on the future of Megacities.
The work addresses the need for an utopianism which is “different from the traditional, static utopianism where space dominates time”. Our revitalized, dialectical utopianism should consist of space and time simultaneously. It should be space oriented as well as process oriented. So to Mr. Harvey it is not an utopianism where everything is fixed; history has shown that Utopia can also be dynamic.”
(Full text from the keynote’s review here)
The right to the city