Rhythms in/and/of the City

(PhD Seminar, ASCA Cities Project)


This PhD seminar investigates cities in relation to the concept of rhythm. How do sound and noise, movement and inertia, rupture and duration mark the development, experience, and aesthetics of different cities worldwide? What forms of urban chaos can be detected amidst the cyclical patterns of work, leisure, religion, nature, and traffic? Building upon and revisiting Henri Lefebvre's idea of an urban "rhythmnanalysis," the seminar employs rhythm as a critical tool for understanding contemporary urban places and practices. 

Keywords: time, noise, intertia, temporality, repetition, flow, pause, movement, habit, sound, pace, beats.