Friday, October 21, 2005


The human being has the need to accumulate energies and to spend them, even waste them in play. He [sic] has a need to see, to hear, to touch, to taste, and the need to gather these perceptions in a "world." To these anthropological needs which are socially elaborated (that is, sometimes separated, sometimes joined together, here compressed and there hypotrophied), can be added specific needs which are not satisfied by those commercial and cultural infrastructures which are somewhat parsimoniously taken into account by planners. This refers to the need for creative activity, for the oeuvre (not only of products and consumable material goods), of the need for information, the imaginary and play. Through these specified needs lives and survives a fundamental desire of which play, sexuality, and physical activities such as sport, creative activity, art and knowledge are particular expressions and moments, which can more or less overcome the fragmentary division of tasks. Finally, the need of the city and urban life can only be freely expressed within a perspetive which here attempts to become clearer and to open up the horizon. Would not specific urban needs be those of qualified places, places of simultaneity and encounters, places where exchange would not go through exchange value, commerce and profit? Would there not also be the need for a time for these encounters, these exchanges?

--- Henry Lefebvre

1 comment:

eugene plawiuk said...

Love the quote thanks.....