Professional and Amateur Urbanism in our Urban Age

Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) invites you to a public lecture by Andy Merrifield:

Professional and Amateur Urbanism in our Urban Age

Time: 10 – 12 am, April 7th, 2016

Venue: Ostrom Room (3rd Floor), Josephson Building, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund


“In 1970, the French philosopher Henri Lefebvre proposed a hypothesis: the complete urbanisation of society. In 2006, United Nations-Habitat confirmed Lefebvre’s “virtual” projection, suggesting it may become real in the second half of the twentieth-first century. Yet these two visions of reality pursue different ends through different means. One is political, grassroots, and radically condemns capitalism and its urban form. The other, technical and technocratic, uses capitalism as the source of the solution. This lecture will delve into these two competing paradigms of what I call “amateur” and “professional” urbanism: the former about participation, the latter about representation.”


Andy Merrifield is an independent scholar, a writer, social theorist and urban geographer. He has written many articles, essays and reviews in both scholarly and popular publications and is author of numerous books, including most recently Magical Marxism (Pluto, 2011), John Berger (Reaktion, 2012), The Politics of the Encounter (University of Georgia Press, 2013), and The New Urban Question (Pluto, 2014). His latest work, The Amateur, is forthcoming next year with Verso. Merrifield is a contributing editor of Adbusters.

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