Urban Theory and the Urban Experience: Encountering the City

From the textbook: Urban Theory and the Urban Experience: Encountering the City by Simon Parker, Chapter 2: The Foundations of Urban Theory: Weber, Simmel, Benjamin and Lefebvre answer the following questions : How Weber defines the city based on commerce and trade and what is his

most important argument regarding civic participation and the city? (1 page, 10 points) According to the following quote from Benjamin: “The city is the realization of that ancient dream of humanity, the labyrinth. It is this reality to which the flaneur, without knowing it devotes himself.” (p.18)

Describe the notion of the flaneur. (1 page, 10 points) There have been many imaginings about the proper or ideal function of urban form. Usually alluded to as ‘utopias’ define the Garden City Movement and new Urbanism (Chapter 4). Provide a critical analysis of these urban movements by

describing the advantages and disadvantages of each. (2 pages, 100 points) Choose two of the following concepts, define and critically analyze: (2

pages, one for each, 100 points each): commodification of urban space (chapter 6) gender and the city (chapter 8)