The Symptoms of the Liquid City

Lefebvre, Olivier (2020) The Symptoms of the Liquid City. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 1207-1212. ISSN 2521-3938

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In the large cities there is a strong trend toward the “liquid life” described by the sociologist Zygmunt Bauman. In the “liquid cities” there are no more “values” because the individual life is aimed at flexibility and searching for and benefitting from opportunities. But some evoke “authentic values” adopted in emerging cities along the New Silk Road (the project of secured roads between China and Europe supported by China). We argue that this hypothesis is not very serious. We “mobilize” the history of the Cold War and analyses made at this time, either strategic (Aron, Castoriadis), either economic (Perroux, Pisar). One does not understand why China would resume the recipes of Soviet Union, which have failed. The model recently chosen by China, consumerism, is at odds with the project of building a “block” of countries trading one with the other, only, and not with the countries outside the block.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: liquid city, model, trade, Pacific Coexistence, authentic values
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2021 11:52
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2021 11:52

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