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Public lecture by Professor Peter Marcuse
From Critical Urban Theory to the Right to the City
06 October 2009, 6.30pm
Cruciform LT2, Cruciform Building
UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Peter Marcuse argues that the ultimate purpose of critical urban theory is to implement the demand for a Right to the City. Drawing on the work of his father Herbert Marcuse, and on his own experience as a lawyer, planner, urban scholar and activist, he focuses on the differences between the crisis of 1968, which produced the demand for the Right to the City, and the crisis we confront today. He asks: ‘Is another world not only possible, but realistically attainable?’
Peter Marcuse is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University. He has also taught in Germany, Australia, the Union of South Africa, Canada, Austria, and Brazil. He has written extensively on housing, urban development, the history of planning, the ethics of planning, racial segregation, and globalization. He is currently involved in the debates about the implications of the “war on terrorism” on urban development globally. His recent work has been on issues of sustainability, the role of the state in housing development in less developed countries, and on globalism as an extension of Edward Said’s concept of Orientalism.
His most recent publication is ‘Cities for People, Not for Profit’, jointly edited with Neil Brenner and Margit Mayer, a special issue of the journal City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy (13.2-3, June-September, 2009). His books include (with Ronald van Kempen) Globalizing Cities: A New Spatial Order? (Blackwell, 1999) and Of States and Cities: The Partitioning of Urban Space (Oxford University Press, 2002).
His lecture is sponsored by UCL Urban Laboratory and the CITY journal with the support of the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.
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