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What does Henri Lefebvre mean for us today?

Stephen Read along with old Complex Cities students Martine de Laat-Lukkassen and Tadas Jonauskis have just had their paper on adapting Henri Lefebvre to the 21st century published in Space and Culture. The paper is part of a special edition on Henri Lefebvre looking forward and continues the theme on space and technology. The paper tackles Lefebvre’s Marxist thinking and discusses what would be required to turn him into a contemporary technoscience materialist. Our conclusion is quite a lot but that his ideas on urban form slip very neatly into a technoscience/complexity perspective suggesting to us at least he was straining at his Marxist leash and that he is open to new readings along these lines.

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