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The Situationist City Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0262692250 ISBN-10: 0262692252

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (July 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262692252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262692250
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is a pleasure to see a work that situates theSituationists. Sadler has performed a necessary and welcome correctiveto our understanding of this strange but endearing crew." Adam Sweeting, American Book Review



"Imaginative, scrupulous, well-illustrated and very timely." Dr. Sarah Wilson , Courtauld Institute of Art



"This concise and clearly written work shines light on... thisintriguing and increasingly influential 'hidden' avant-garde." John Held, Jr. San Francisco Bay Guardian

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Simon Sadler is Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban History at the University of California, Davis.

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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Bonhomie on December 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
An excellent book, within the constraints the author sets for himself, to deal primarily with what could ahistorically, but reasonably be called "situationist" architecture and architectural theory. There is no doubt the book makes bored, sensitive fellows like myself want to go out and do something to keep these insane transformational ideas alive and working in culture. I'd love to have a list of all the other bored people, we could have a big party.
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Sadler uses a focus on the city to provide an artistic, architectural, and cultural exploration of Situationist thought. He looks at the situationist critique of the city and then explores their principles and proposals for the future. It is an interestign and well written work.
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10 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mtu on June 2, 2003
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I can't say I enjoyed this at all. Unles you're heavily into aesthetics and understand most of the avante-garde terms, you're not going to make any sense of this. The book was overly pretentious and I couldn't burden myself to finish it. It's not at all what you'd expect, and the synopsis is misleading.
Get the book Guy Debord and the Situationist International instead. Guy Debord was part of the Lettrist International, which founded alot of the psycho-geographical ideas. I guarantee it'll be a more interesting read than this.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chan Chun Kong on August 29, 2010
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arrived a bit late due to technical issues, but condition is fine
the re-delivery system is fine also
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14 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Pascal Tiscali on February 7, 2006
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You could hardly find a greater betrayal of the Situationist movement in all of its aspects, than this book, which translates a chaotic, exciting and iconoclastic movement into a boring and platitudinous addition to the obligatory academic discourse about everything.

Throw this thing in the trash, don't even resell it, certainly don't donate it to any charities or libraries. Go right now instead and find "The Situationist International: A User's Guide" by Simon Ford, you won't regret it. I swear to God I am not lying and I have no institutional or other affiliation that would conflict with this judgment.
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