The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 17, 1992 - Political Science - 266 pages
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Richard Sennett is an articulate writer whose style reveals a fascinating mind and above all, a keen pair of eyes. In relating our visual organ to the conscience, he implores us to start seeing our lives as wholly related to and organically integrated with, the cities that we live in. In this thoroughly original and important book, Sennett successfully avoids the tendency of many writers on urbanism to proffer 'well meaning' solutions, but instead takes us on a historical and psychological journey. He convinces his readers to focus on impulses and 'spriritual' reasons behind the creation of cities, ranging from the Greek ideals of 'grace' and 'balance' that produced the 'Agora' to the dilemmas of the modern soul that creates walls made of sheer glass. In chapter after chapter of engrossing reading anyone deeply interested in the well-being of urban life will begin to share his insights on urban forms. He articulates his views using descriptions of ordianry people's lives through history.
  

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Review: The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Sennett conveys through the medium of city planning and architecture compelling evidence of how our deepest attitudes are conditioned by patterns. In analytical psychology there is a parallel of this ... Read full review

Review: The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

I enjoyed this so much, I decided to read it again...a few years later (and a few years ago). Sennett presents a amazingly tactile reading of "The City" based on numerous social, architectural, and ... Read full review

Contents

Interior chapter 1 The Refuge
5
The Neutral City
41
The Spiritual Quest Is No Longer a Heroic Struggle
63
Unity
97
PART
116
Streets Full of Life
150
Fourteenth Street
163
Places Full of Time
169
Fortunes Machines
176
Times Walls and Borders
189
FOUR
203
Art Of The I and the
224
Centering Oneself
237
Mark Rothkos Chapel
243
Balanchines Apollo
249
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Richard Sennett teaches sociology at the London School of Economics and New York University

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