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The Everyday City of the Senses
The Everyday City of the Senses
Mуnica Degen
Introduction

City living is in vogue in the twenty-first century. Formerly decaying inner-city neighbourhoods have been dramatically spruced up and made into attractive spaces to live in or visit. Whether it is New York's Harlem, Berlin's Kreuzberg or the historic centre of Mexico City, their desirability is advertised by estate agents and tourist guides alike. Indeed, the radical restructuring of the urban material landscape is a crucial feature of what has been described in British circles as an ‘urban renaissance’ (DETR, 1999; Lees, 2003a). This is reflected in the redesign of street-layouts, the building of new squares and public spaces and the commissioning of flagship architecture in redeveloping city centres. Yet, ‘looking good’ ...

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