Sense of the City: An Alternative Approach to Urbanism

Publication, October 2005

Challenging the dominance of vision, Sense of the City: An Alternative Approach to Urbanism proposes a new approach—a “sensorial urbanism” whose aim is to analyze urban phenomena in terms of luminosity and darkness, seasons and climate, the smell of the air, the material surfaces of the city, and sounds.

Sense of the City accompanies the 2005 CCA exhibition of the same name. Following the thematic structure of the exhibition, the book comprises a critical interpretation of the city through sensory experience. The city at night, as well as its seasons, sounds, surfaces and smells, serve as the organizing themes.

Edited by Mirko Zardini
Essays by Constance Classen, David Howes, Norman Pressman, Wolfgang Schivelbusch, Emily Thompson, and Mirko Zardini
Foreword by Phyllis Lambert
Graphic design by Integral Lars Müller

Published in French as Sensations urbaines : Une approche différente à l’urbanisme
Co-published with Lars Müller Publishers
Softcover or hardcover, 352 pages

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