Spectres of Marx in City-X

Charley, Jonathan (2014) Spectres of Marx in City-X. In: Forty Ways to Think About Architecture. John Wiley & Sons Inc., Chichester. ISBN 9781118822616

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Abstract

Apart from his investigations into fixed capital, rent theory and the urban transformation of 19th century Paris, Marx wrote very little directly about architecture and the built environment. His collaborator Friedrich Engels wrote considerably more. But even when taken together they didn't write a lot. So it is ironic and telling, that their writings have proved to be such an inspiration to some of the twentieth century's most profound thinkers on urban matters who collectively changed the way we think about the city. What follows are five short journeys in the company of Marx into a fictitious city, City X.