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    DescriptionFrom the assembly halls of Athens to the Turkish baths of New York's Lower East Side, from eighteenth-century English gardens to the housing projects of Harlem a study of the physical fabric of the city as a mirror of Western society and culture."


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    Title
    The Conscience of the Eye
    Subtitle
    Design and Social Life of Cities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Sennett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393308785
    ISBN 10: 0393308782
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    LC subject heading:
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.2
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 307.76
    BIC subject category V2: JFSG
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 650
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026030
    DC22: 307.76
    BISAC V2.8: POL002000
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: HT231.S458, HT231 .S458 1992
    Thema V1.0: JBSD
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    17 August 1992
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Sennett brings an immensely civilized perspective to the forms and patterns the visual experiences of cities, primarily New York City, interpreting how they shape, reflect, or, sadly, fail to reflect, the human beings who built and use them. . . . Provocative and learned. "
    Review text
    In a critique of urban art (baroque churches to subway graffiti), architecture (Renaissance obelisks to the Union Club and Le Corbusier), and the social rituals that take place around them, Sennett (Sociology/NYU) brings an immensely civilized perspective to the forms and patterns - the visual experiences - of cities, primarily New York City, interpreting how they shape, reflect, or, sadly, fail to reflect the human beings who build and use them. As in earlier works (e.g., The Uses of Disorder, 1970; The Fall of Public Man, 1977; Authority, 1980, and the novel Palais Royal, 1987), Sennett explores the creative and psychological possibilities and penalties of urban life. In place of such dominant forms as the grid ("the geometry of power," disguising an inner emptiness) or the glass building (visibility that isolates), he proposes the Ideal City of Deconstruction, derived from Derrida's aesthetics - a city that celebrates differences, discontinuities, disorientation rather than serving as a refuge from them. The theory is like the steam in the Turkish Bath on the Lower East Side that this author deconstructs so skillfully: a pleasant obscuration. Sennett's strength is in his illustrative material-ranging, diverse, apt - from St. Augustine to James Baldwin, Adam Smith, Henry James, Balanchine, Allen Ginsberg, Sarah Bernhardt, and Hannah Arendt. The best parts are the autobiographical excursions up Third Avenue (pausing at an equestrian supply store politely selling whips to Connecticut matrons and the local S/M crowd) or among the peddlers of 14th Street, as Sennett savors and interprets a city he obviously loves. Provocative and learned - but such a visually oriented book suffers from lack of illustrations. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Back cover copy
    From the assembly halls of Athens to the Turkish baths of New York's Lower East Side, from eighteenth-century English gardens to the housing projects of Harlem--a study of the physical fabric of the city as a mirror of Western society and culture.