Sabine Bitter, Helmut Weber: Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade (2009)

16 March 2011, dusan

“The artist book by Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber is based on an unpublished orginal text by French philosopher and urbanist Henri Lefebvre which is printed as a facsimile. This central text is contextualized and interpretated by accompanying commentaries and texts by Ljiljana Blagojevic, Zoran Eric, Klaus Ronnberger, and Neil Smith.

The text from Henri Lefebvre was submitted as part of a proposal with French architects Serge Renaudie and Pierre Guilbaud for the International Competition for the New Belgrade Urban Structure Improvement in 1986, sponsored by the state of Yugoslavia. In his urban vision for New Belgrade—the capital of former Yugoslavia founded in 1948—Lefebvre emphasizes the processes and potentials of self-organization of the people of any urban territory to counter the failed concepts of urban planning from above. For Lefebvre, at this late point in his life, the promises of both modernist capitalist as well as state socialist architecture and city planning had failed. Yet, Lefebvre viewed New Belgrade and Yugoslavia as having a particular position in what he has elsewhere called “the urban revolution.” As Lefebvre states, “because of self-management, a place is sketched between the citizen and the citadin, and Yugoslavia is today [1986] perhaps one of the rare countries to be able to pose the problem of a New Urban.””

Edited by Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, and Helmut Weber (Urban Subjects)
With contributions by Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber, Ljiljana Blagojevic, Zoran Eric, Klaus Ronnberger, and Neil Smith
Publisher: Sternberg Press, with Fillip, Vancouver, 2009
ISBN 9781933128771
160 pages


DJVU (6 MB, updated on 2013-12-8)

7 Responses to “Sabine Bitter, Helmut Weber: Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade (2009)”

  1. Bobby Wise on August 28, 2011 6:11 pm

    The download for this book disappeared. Is there any way to re-post it with a live link?


  2. monoskop on August 29, 2011 4:07 pm

    the link was updated

  3. Bobby Wise on August 29, 2011 5:54 pm

    Thanks, but it’s still not a readable pdf. Just some blank file that can’t be opened after you download it.

  4. monoskop on August 31, 2011 1:26 pm

    Hi Bobby, the file is in DjVu format, make sure to update your reader, have a look at the free readers collected by the Free Software Foundation: (fe. Evince for Linux/Windows, Okular with DjVuLibre backend for Mac OS).

  5. nil on December 8, 2013 9:43 pm

    i could not get that link to work. it just directs to some fake site apparently. is there any other way to reach the file? some web site or anything?

  6. dusan on December 8, 2013 10:22 pm

    Try now.

  7. nil on December 9, 2013 4:08 pm

    great. it works.. thanks a lot. just what i needed for my paper…

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