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Phenomenology of the Winter-City

Myth in the Rise and Decline of Built Environments

  • Is the first to consider weather and city-form jointly in phenomenological research

  • Argues that the sky and city-form are an ongoing force in human contemplation

  • Shows how some urban planning has been driven by a Grand Designer myth

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Solvitur Ambulando

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 181-181
    2. Epilogue

      • Abraham Akkerman
      Pages 201-210

About this book

This book explores how the weather and city-form impact the mind, and how city-form and mind interact. It builds on Merleau-Ponty’s contention that mind, the human body and the environment are intertwined in a singular composite, and on Walter Benjamin’s suggestion that mind and city-form, in mutual interaction, through history, have set the course of civilization. Bringing together the fields of philosophy, urbanism, geography, history, and architecture, the book shows the association of existentialism with prevalence of mood disorder in Northern Europe at the close of Little Ice Age. It explains the implications of city-form and traces the role of the myths and allegories of urban design as well as the history of gender projection onto city-form. It shows how urbanization in Northern Europe provided easier access to shelter, yet resulted in sunlight deprivation, and yielded increasing incidence of depression and other mental disorder among the European middle-class. The book uses the examples of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky and Kafka, to show how walking through the streets, squares and other urban voids became the informal remedy to mood disorder, a prominent trait among founders of modern Existentialism. It concludes by describing how the connection of anguish and violence is relevant to winter depression in cities, in North America in particular.

Keywords

  • Earthmother, Skyfather, Grand Designer
  • Femininity and urban void
  • Little Ice Age and urbanism
  • Masculinity and urban edifices
  • Mind and city-form
  • Myths of the environment
  • Winter-cities and mood disorder
  • urban geography and urbanism

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

    Abraham Akkerman

About the author

Born at Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) in 1948; B.A. (1973) in philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; M.Sc. (1977) in environmental planning, University of Calgary, Canada; Ph.D. (1982) in urban and regional planning, University of Waterloo, Canada; Principal Planner, City of Edmonton (Canada) Planning Department (1982-1990); Associate Prof. of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan (1990-1995); Professor of Geography and Planning, University of Saskatchewan (1996 – present); Assoc. Member, Department of Philosophy, Univ. of Saskatchewan (2000 – present); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – grant (1992); SSHRC – grant application under review (2014); Fellow: Royal Geographical Society (London, UK); Member: Canadian Institute of Planners; Canadian Population Society.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Phenomenology of the Winter-City

  • Book Subtitle: Myth in the Rise and Decline of Built Environments

  • Authors: Abraham Akkerman

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26701-2

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-26699-2

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-79999-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-26701-2

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 230

  • Topics: Phenomenology, Urban Sociology, Philosophy of the Social Sciences

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-26701-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)