The Emerging City: Acts, Design and Assemblages

Bidragets oversatte titel: Den emergerende by: Handlinger, design og sammenføjninger

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The paper explores how urban bodies such as architecture, urban design, art works and social action can be drawn together in as urban assemblages producing “a movement of generalised deterritorialization”(Deleuze & Guattari 2004:78) in relation to the city.

Through various urban examples, I suggest that each urban body or design deterritorializes when connecting with the city. Broadening up the perspective, I ask whether philosophical aesthetics associated with architecture and design can be redefined in terms of an emerging urbanity. Here socio-material assemblages play an important role as milieus are created as temporary intensities as they constantly territorialize and deterritorialize urban space. According to this, I define the city close to recent writings in cultural geography and urban studies. Here the city is regarded as ”a kind of force-field of passions that associate and pulse bodies in particular ways.” (Amin & Thrift 2002:84)
Defining the traits of an emerging city, I intend to open up for a discussion whether Deleuzian aesthetics relating to the work of art could be reassembled and regarded as processes in taking place in reality - in an emerging city.

Amin & Thrift Cities. Reimagining the Urban. Cambridge, Oxford, Polity Press Blackwell Publishers.
Deleuze and Guattari (2004) A Thousand Plateaus, Capitalism and Schizofrenia. Transl. Massumi Continuum, New York, London
Whitehead, A.N. (1978) Process and Reality, corrected edition, Eds. Griffin, David Ray & Sherburne, Donald. W. The Free Press, New York
Bidragets oversatte titelDen emergerende by: Handlinger, design og sammenføjninger
Publikationsdato25 jun. 2012
StatusUdgivet - 25 jun. 2012
Begivenhed5th International Deleuze Studies Conference - Tulane University, New Orleans, USA
Varighed: 25 jun. 201227 jun. 2012


Konference5th International Deleuze Studies Conference
LokationTulane University
ByNew Orleans


  • emergence
  • urban studies
  • assemblage
  • urban space
  • philosophy
  • Deleuze
  • Ontology of space
  • urban design
  • urban art

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