Posted by: ian ruaraidh harrison | May 20, 2008

Summer Reading List

Indicative Summer Reading, each, in a different way, about engagement with the public realm:

Gaston Bachelard, The Psychoanalysis of Fire
Michel Foucault, ‘Other spaces: The principles of heterotopia’ in Lotus International no. 48/49 (1986) There is another version of it as the Preface to Foucault, The Order of Things
Sigmund Freud, ‘The Uncanny’ in the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud, ‘A disturbance of memory on the Acropolis’ in the Standard Edition…
Kevin Lynch, Image of the City
Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational Esthetics, especially the essay ‘Relational Form’
Stewart Home, 69 Things to do with a dead princess
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent
John Hejduk, The Lancaster/ Hanover Masque and/or Berlin Night
Bansky, Banging your head against a wall and/or Existencillism
Marc Auge, non-places: introduction to an anthropology of supermodernity
Dominique Laporte, History of Shit



  1. A few other things ive thought of:

    1. a website thats a bit difficult to navigate but full of wee gems, these are the people who are most often credited with developing the practice of algorthmic walking.

    2. this reminded me of another website thats full of wee gems but difficult to navigate , its mind expanding: not always relevant but always interesting

    back to books,

    3. Chatwin, B. the songlines
    a book about being in the landscape if not the city

    and then perhaps a more practical book:

    4. MUF, 2001, this is what we do: a muf manual, London, Ellipses

    a book from an art/architecture practice which contains a mix of essay text and project images

  2. I have added a couple of notes to the reading list.

    Most of the books and papers can be found in the library. Most of them are quite short. Some of them you might want to buy (the Lynch is a classic). The papers you can xerox. I would ask you to please not borrow the books or else return them as soon as possible so that your classmates can have a crack at them too.

    It is an eclectic reading list, all of them, in their separate ways, about engagement with the city.

  3. There is a version of foucault’s heteroptopia available online:

    I’m not sure if its the same?

  4. Your readers might be interested to know that Arthur Efron’s **The Sexual Body: An Interdisciplinary Perspective** has been re-released.

    Full details:

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