The City as the Place of Augmented Imagination

Lefebvre, Olivier (2019) The City as the Place of Augmented Imagination. REAL CORP 2019 – IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 979-984. ISSN 2521-3938

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A “natural history of the imaginary” allows understanding how the imagination has become a resource. It was discovered at the start of the 19 th century, then it has developed. Today the imaginary is everywhere in the city which is an artified city. Many professionals are in charge of it: artists, architects, advertisers, urban scenographers… The “natural history of the imaginary” shows that there is a “domesticated imaginary” and also a “spontaneous imaginary”. The “spontaneous imaginary” appears when there are “urban trances” (Music Day …). They pose problems of urban governance. The example of the night of the 15 th of July in Paris (after the victory of the French soccer team in the World Cup) is dealt with. One explains why this event caused no trouble thanks to the tools from the sociology of the actor-network (translation, actants). One can use the notion of cognitive dissonance, also. This question is dealt with: could the imaginary be coded? The answer seems to be no.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban governance, imagination, city, urban trances, natural history
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CD Diplomatics. Archives. Seals
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 14:50
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2019 21:03

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