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Dwelling on design: the influence of Logos and Eros, nouns and verbs, on public housing renewal and cooperative alternatives

Thompson, M; (2019) Dwelling on design: the influence of Logos and Eros, nouns and verbs, on public housing renewal and cooperative alternatives. In: Routledge Handbook of Henri Lefebvre, Cities and Urban Society. Routledge: Abigdon, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on central distinction in Henri Lefebvre’s dialectical thought, by introducing other related polarities: between ends and means, thing and flow, spatial form and temporal process; and between objects and activities, or nouns and verbs. The co-op movement made real steps towards resolving the alienation at root of problems of housing deprivation and embedded the seeds of an alternative model of regeneration which would later inspire a generation of grassroots action in immersive, participatory and democratic dwelling design: Liverpool’s budding Community Land Trust movement. The chapter outlines two opposing tendencies in the historical production of space–towards the abstract logic of Logos, privileging absolute ends and spatial closure, or the ‘erotic’ life of Eros, amenable to open-ended and evolving interaction–and then sought to identify these forces in empirical developments over Liverpool’s housing history.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Dwelling on design: the influence of Logos and Eros, nouns and verbs, on public housing renewal and cooperative alternatives
ISBN-13: 9781315266589
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781315266589
Publisher version: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.432...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Inst for Innovation and Public Purpose
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10135722
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