Urban Devastation
The Planning of Incarceration

Finlayson, James [George Williamson]
https://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/Docs/Ref54095-UrbanDevastation.pdf
http://libcom.org/library/urban-devastation-planning-incarceration

Publisher:  Solidarity
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23835

This pamphlet describes and analyses "the breakdown of the fabric of present-day cities in the light of the development of capitalism from the 19th century till now", and "looks at the economic influences, the crisis of authority, breakdown of social order and the conflict of class forces as they affect the structure of the urban community."

Abstract: 

A pamphlet penned by George Williamson under a pseudonym, analysing urban development in the background of capitalist society and class struggle. Published by Solidarity (Oxford) c1976, much of it is still relevant.

This pamphlet describes and analyses "the breakdown of the fabric of present-day cities in the light of the development of capitalism from the 19th century till now", and "looks at the economic influences, the crisis of authority, breakdown of social order and the conflict of class forces as they affect the structure of the urban community."

In line with this perspective, the pamphlet recognises the need "to look at how the form, function and living patterns of urban areas are changing, and at how they could change within the framework of libertarian ideas." One of its themes is the examination of the role of architects, planners, and engineers in the planning process under the bureaucratised capitalism and social-democratic engineering of the present society, and the potential role such professionals might play in the development of egalitarian and liveable cities in which “the urban fabric must become the creation of the whole population."

Writing under the name of James Finlayson, the author of this pamphlet was George Williamson (1939-2007), political activist, architect by profession, and Solidarity member for many years.
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