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von Wissel, Christian

Dwelling Urbanism

City Making through Corporeal Practice in Mexico City

Series:Bauwelt Fundamente 166


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  • Thorough research on "city-making"
  • Exemplary investigation into the urban evolution of Mexico-City, one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas
  • Aims and Scope

    City dwellers are direct agents in the making of cities; yet how do they actually constitute and sustain the urban and its forms? How do they practice the urban and through this practice shape the city-in-the-making that emerges along with them on the backs of their working bodies? City Making re-thinks the urban from this perspective of corporeal making and with regard to the cityness that it bears. It delves into the thick of life in the periphery of Mexico City, uncovering the everyday actions and efforts that practitioners of space accomplish when building houses, creating jobs and putting themselves to work as infrastructure. How are consequential conjunctions, how is access to, and presence in the city actively grown? And what does such thinking the city as a verb, as citying, imply for urban planning?


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    Prof. Christian von Wissel, School of Architecture, Hochschule Bremen

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