Spectres of Marx in City-X

Jonathan Charley

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Apart from his investigations into fixed capital, rent theory and the urban transformation of 19th century Paris, Marx wrote very little directly about architecture and the built environment. His collaborator Friedrich Engels wrote considerably more. But even when taken together they didn't write a lot. So it is ironic and telling, that their writings have proved to be such an inspiration to some of the twentieth century's most profound thinkers on urban matters who collectively changed the way we think about the city. What follows are five short journeys in the company of Marx into a fictitious city, City X.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForty Ways to Think About Architecture
Subtitle of host publicationArchitectural History and Theory Today
EditorsIain Borden, Murray Fraser, Barbara Penner
Place of PublicationChichester
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781118822616
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2014


  • architecture
  • urban planning
  • built environment
  • Karl Marx
  • Friedrich Engels


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