Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade
Autogestion, an artist book by Bitter and Weber, is structured around an unpublished text written in 1986 by French philosopher and urbanist Henri Lefebvre. The text was part of a proposal with French architects Serge Renaudie and Pierre Guilbaud to the International Competition for the New Belgrade Urban Structure Improvement in Yugoslavia. In his rethinking of the urban vision, Lefebvre rejects the failed formulas embraced by modernist capitalism and urban planning and emphasizes the processes and potentials of self-organization of the people of any urban territory. It is from Lefebvre’s essay that Bitter and Weber pick up the dialogue and formulate their own theoretical ideas for a more successful urban environment.
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