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Situationist city is a term referring to radical engagements with urban questions by members of the Situationist International (SI) and their associates during the 1950s and 1960s. As a group of artists, activists, and writers based mainly in Western Europe and seeking to revolutionize contemporary societies, the situationists had a long and multifarious concern with cities. They opposed processes of capitalist urbanization and planning at the time, attacking the ways in which cities were being destroyed and remade within what they called “the society of the spectacle.” Drawing on and developing Marxist understandings of urban space and everyday life, and also engaging with the legacies of avant-gardes from earlier in the twentieth century, especially Dada and surrealism, they depicted cities as sites of alienation, control, ...

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