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Environments, Cultural Studies, Philosophy

ZONE 1|2: The Contemporary City

Michel Feher
Sanford Kwinter

Edited by Michel Feher, Sanford Kwinter

480 pp

332 black and white illus.

Published: 1985

7 x 9



Out of Print


ZONE’s inaugural double issue examines the physical, political, and perceptual transformations redefining the contemporary city.

These transformations are explored through historical studies of transformations in the urban system, through theoretical essays which map out the evolution of related social and economic structures (such as, the state, the family, and the factory), and through experimental art projects and critical dossiers.

Some of the many contributors to this issue include: Christopher Alexander, John Baldessari, Gilles Deleuze, Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, William Labov, Michael Piore, and Paul Virilio.

“The journal’s structure echoes an aleatory chart of the city, fusing the visual syntax of the extended photo essay, the artist’s book, and the cinema, for example, of Jean-Luc Godard.” —Afterimage

“…marks a new and critical understanding of the concept of urban space.” —Columbus Dispatch

“This big, internationalist dramatization of urbanism is a map of a public time and place — here, now.” — The Village Voice