Title:
The Invisible City: Exploring the Third Something of Urban Life
Author:
Francisco Martinez: Estonian Institute of Humanities, Estonia
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.146647
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Year:
2014
Volume:
6
Theme:

Independent Articles

Pages:
647-669
No. of pages:
23
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2014-06-17


With this article I intend to contribute to the debate about how to study urban life. Firstly, I argue for the relevance of invisible and silent aspects of cities and inbetween sutures, which I understand to mean a third ’something’ beyond forms and flows. Secondly, I explore several examples and draw on arguments from Wittgenstein and Lefebvre to frame this hypothesis. Thirdly, I use the chess game as a metaphor to illustrate the multiplicity and unpredictability of engagements of urban life. Finnally, I propose to approach cities in an open-ended and ordinary way, paying attention to dialectically interconnected processes and the particular conditions of possibility for knowledge.

Keywords: Calvino; Perec; Wenders; Wittgenstein; Complexity; Chess Game

Volume 6, Theme::

Independent Articles

, Article 36, 2014
Author:
Francisco Martinez
Title:
The Invisible City: Exploring the Third Something of Urban Life:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.146647
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