WHERE STUFF COMES FROM
Laurie Taylor talks to leading New York sociologist Professor Harvey Molotch and finds out why toasters, toilets, cars, computers and chairs come to be as they are.
Laurie Taylor is guided through the theory of the lash-up, how art and utility, fun and seriousness, form and function do not conflict but work together as part of any creative enterprise.
If we begin to appreciate how aesthetic, economic and social processes react together to produce goods in this way then there may be an opportunity to alter the nature of the lash-up and develop more benign mechanisms for their production, consumption and disposal.
Laurie Taylor discovers how a walk in the city, through the park or along the mall can become an object of consumption in itself.
Tourists are one group of indefatigable city walkers but walking is now being reinvented for citizens as well. Architect and cultural critic, Sarah Chaplin, calls this an example of the urbanoid: the post-urban city is not what it is, but what it is made out to be…..
Sarah Chaplin tells Laurie Taylor how psychological images of the city, which have arisen through mass media, television, film and advertising, have created the city-experience, something which can itself be marketed, paid for and enjoyed like any other form of entertainment.
Professor Harvey Molotch
Professor of Sociology at New York University
Professor of Sociology at the University of California in Santa Barbara
Where Stuff Comes From: How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers and Many Other Things Come to Be As They Are
by Harvey L. Molotch
Routledge ISBN 0 415 94400 7
Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place
John R. Logan, Harvey L. Molotch
University of California Press
Head of School of Architecture and Landscap at Kingston University, Surrey
Adressing the post-urban: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York
Sarah Chaplin, Eric Holding
from The Hieroglyphics of Space: reading and experiencing the modern metropolis
Edited by Neil Leach
Routledge ISBN 0 415 19892 5
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