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URRC Seminar: Martin Murray - "Panic-City: Agoraphobia, Capsular Architecture, and the Triumph of Post-Public Space"

10/16/09
Rm 2147
Art + Architecture Building

The aim of this talk is to bring together some of the basic ideas and concepts that guide my research and writing of a third mauscript in a trilogy of books on Johannesburg after apartheid. In the first two books, I concentrated on the material aspects of the built environment and the challenges that future urban planning faces when trying to reshape the city in accordance with the principles of racial equality and spatial justice. In this last installment, I begin with the premise that cities are as much a "state of mind" as actual places. I will talk about the exponential growth of the "fear industries" at a time of anxiety when the fearful rich and the resentful poor confront each other in a struggle over a "rightful place" in the city.


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