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By Mr. Massimo Cacciari, Mr. Stephen Sartarelli

Massimo Cacciari, some of the most influential social philosophers in Italy at the present time, is the founding father of the fad of feedback referred to as "negative concept" that specializes in the failure of conventional common sense to explicate the issues of modernity. This booklet, which introduces his writings to an English-speaking viewers, presents a awesome social and philosophical account of the twentieth-century city. Patrizia Lombardo's wide advent situates Cacciari's notion in the milieu of Italian political activism and philosophy among the Nineteen Sixties and the Nineteen Eighties, from his collaboration at the leftist magazine Contropiano to his lengthy organization with Manfredo Tafuri.

Cacciari experiences the relation among philosophy and sleek structure and applies the taking into consideration avant-garde architects, artists, and writers to the social and political difficulties raised by way of technological society. He starts through defining the trendy city, utilizing the phrases and ideas of Georg Simmel and Max Weber, yet revealing the place their frameworks are restricted. He then examines the paintings of Adolf bogs and different architects and architects in early twentieth-century Vienna, displaying how their structure and feedback divulge the alienation and utopianism in notions of the natural urban. Cacciari demonstrates how structure intersects with town and the kingdom but in addition with the inner of the personal residing and with its resistance to the exterior international. Bringing jointly philosophy, sociology, urbanism, exertions background, economics, and aesthetics, he is helping us understand through those disciplines a vital interval within the heritage of modernity.

"An remarkable unique paintings of scholarship and polemic."—John Paul Russo, college of Miami

"Cacciari ways his 'mission to demystify' with an attractive combination of stern sobriety and tentative delicacy."—Philip Tabor, Architectural Review

"An unique presentation which not just illuminates the narrative of contemporary structure and making plans yet, much more importantly, serves as an indication of a certainly highbrow architectural discourse."—Thomas A. Markus, instances larger schooling complement

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39 But Jameson prefers to read Tafuri within the frame of mind of what I would call a general history of Marxist thought, not within the frame of mind of Introduction xxxiii a theory of the Metropolis, which I consider the indispensable perspective for approaching both Tafuri and Cacciari. The theory of the Metropolis uproots any organic nature, any humus, any belonging, just as architectural theory, as developed at the University of Venice Department of Critical and Histori­ cal Analysis, breaks through comfortable divisions of disciplines and habits of thought.

In the Metropolis, unlike the polis, meetings do not take place in a reassuring public space but in a hall next to the noise of the assembly line, next to the acid smell of chemi­ cal products. The rhythm of metropolitan life and metropolitan relations is embodied in Cacciari's language, in the spasms of allusions, ellipses, endless inverted commas and italics, harsh German philosophical terms used every two lines without trans­ lation as if they were provocatorily breaking the classical musi­ cality of Italian vowels.

3 9). Jameson does not miss the formal quality of Tafuri's work, and, in a cogent analysis, compares Tafuri's Architecture and Utopia with Adorno's Philosophy of Modern Music and Barthes' Writing Degree Zero: "What the three books I have mentioned have in common is not merely a new set of dialec­ tical insight into literature, but the practice of a peculiar, con­ densed, allusive discursive form, a kind of textual genre, still exceedingly rare, which I will call dialectical history " (p. 4 0). Nevertheless, Jameson's wish to give the correct ideological formulation of Tafuri's work pushes him to rush to the labels post-Marxism and postmodernism.

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