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A running list (frequently updated) of resources and suggested reading in regard to my senior thesis or things relating to Flâneurs, Urban Space, Situationists, etc. These include works from my annotated bibliography in addition to other pieces of interest. Updated to include interesting blogs and social media accounts related to urban space exploration and flâner-ing.


The Arcades Project
by Walter Benjamin

posts mentioned: The Intoxicated Flâneur | Dialectic of Flânerie | Idleness | Invisible/Visible: Benjamin/Elkins | The Desert / Slab City, Salvation Mountain, East Jesus: time and reverencealley activation plans / “Oz-like archipelago of Westside pleasure domes”sidenotes: the francophile “flâneuse” | The principle of flânerie in Proust

The Dialects of Seeing (in-depth examination of The Arcades Project, above)
by Susan Buck-Morss
posts: boredom/leisure time

The Art of Taking a Walk: Flânerie, Literature, and Film in Weimar Culture
by Anke Gleber
posts: Qu’est-ce que un flâneur?/What is a flâneur?

The Painter of Modern Life*
by Charles Baudelaire
(any and all books by Baudelaire)
posts: the francophile flâneuse, qu’est-ce que un flâneur/what is a flâneur?, invisible/visible : Benjamin/Elkins, the desert/Slab City, Salvation Mountain, East Jesus: time and reverence, City & the City: seeing and unseeing, the intoxicated flâneur,

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London
by Lauren Elkin

posts mentioned: Dialectic of Flânerie | Possession/Belonging | Invisible/Visible: Benjamin/Elkins | man/woman | Of bathrooms and “third spaces” | The suburbs are bad for women | Women who walk | Place and space: knowledge | flâneuse/freedomsidenotes: the francophile “flâneuse” |

The Architecture of Happiness
by Alain de Botton

Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
by Johan Huizinga

The Urban RevolutionCritique of Everyday LifeThe Production of Space, and Writings on Cities
by Henri Lefebvre

All Over Coffee
by Paul Madonna

In Praise of Shadows
by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki

The City and the City
by China Miéville
posts: City Fortresses / Mike DavisCity & the City / seeing and unseeingPlace and space: knowledge“A Tourist Guide to Besźel and UI Qoma”a pivotal experience: expat / refugee, American / Iraqi in Berlin |

Visions of the City: Utopianism, Power, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Urbanism
by David Pinder

“The Great Towns” (chapter from The Condition of the Working Class in England)
by Friedrich Engels
posts: Boredom/Leisure Time, suburbia/unseeing, technology and urban space

Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (especially chapter on “Panopticism”)
by Michel Foucault
posts: technology and urban space, identity/space:”eyes of power”

The Man of the Crowd (short story)
by Edgar Allen Poe
posts: Dialectic of Flânerie

Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World
by Doug Saunders
posts: place and space:knowledge

The invisible flâneuse?: gender, public space and visual culture in nineteenth-Century Paris.
by Aruna D’Souza and Tom McDonough

City of Quartz
by Mike Davis
posts: city fortresses/Mike Davisalley activation plans / “Oz-like archipelago of Westside pleasure domes”

Violent borders: refugees and the right to move.
by Reece Jones

Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience
by Yi-Fu Tuan

The Location of Culture
by Homi K. Bhabha

The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris (Writer & the City)
by Edmund White

Journals, Papers, and Essays

National Geographic: The Rooting of Peoples and the Territorialization of  National Identity Among Scholars and Refugees — Cultural Anthropology
by Malkki, Liisa.

A Tourist Guide to Besźel and Ul Qoma: Unseeing, the Brutality of Borders and the Re-Interpretation of Psychogeography in China Miéville’s The City and the City.” The Luminary, no. 7, 2016, pp. 75–87.
by Rob O’Connor
posts: city & the city/seeing and unseeing

Ibrahim, Awad. “The New Flâneur: Subaltern cultural studies, African youth in Canada and the semiology of in-betweenness” Cultural Studies, vol. 22, no. 2, 2008, pp. 234–253., doi:10.1080/09502380701789141.
posts: third spaces/culture containment, The new flâneur, identity/space:”eyes of power”

Cultivating Hustlers: The Agrarian Ethos of Soninke Migration.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 39, no. 2, 2013, pp. 259–275., doi:10.1080/1369183x.2013.723257.
by Paolo Gaibazzi

Carlaw, D. R. (2008). The flâneur as foreigner: Ethnicity, sexuality and power in twentieth century new york writing (Order No. U493214). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (301718445).

Malone, Meaghan. Whoring the Flâneur: Re-visioning the American Woman of the Town. at the EDGE, [S.l.], v. 2, p. 80-103, oct. 2012. ISSN 1923-4996.


Berlin ban on Airbnb short-term rentals upheld by city in court

I Spent 24 Hours in Berlin’s Busiest Drug Market
article on Vice.com
posts: space and place:knowledge

Roma and terminology

Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and their Journey
by Isabel Fonseca

Why being ‘gypped’ hurts the Roma more than it hurts you

posts: Travel G*psy Muse/”All who wander are not lost”

The “G” Word Isn’t for You: How “Gypsy” Erases Romani Women

Romea.cz: website dedicated to news, education, and information on the Roma in the Czech Republic (in English and Czech – this link goes to the English version)

Roma, Gypsies, and Travelers: Guardian article highlighting discrimination against Roma people

NPR: Why Being Gypped Hurts the Roma More Than it Hurts You

The ‘G’ Slur: What’s in a Word?

The Harmful History of “Gypsy”

Blood Relations: A Brief Conversation on Citizenship in Germany

Roma Statelessness in Europe is Not an Accident

Many Roma in Europe are Stateless and Live Outside Social Protection

The Vulnerability of Roma Minorities to Statelessness in Europe

Stateless Roma in Europe: A Case Study of European Migration, Citizenship, and Identity Politics

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Persecution of Roma (Gypsies) in Prewar Germany 1933-39

Why ‘Gypsy’ is a Racial Slur: Please Stop Putting ‘Gypsy Soul’ in Your Instagram Bio

Expulsion of Roma Raises Questions in France


Seattle development news:
Nord Alley and Pioneer Passage are currently under construction to add new stormwater infrastructure and surfaces.   (read more here).
Seattle Times article about alley renovations
Seattle.gov Department of Transportation information
The Urbanist website’s recent coverage of several alley projects
The Alliance for Pioneer Square website

Slate Culture Gabfest: Slimeball Edition – discussion of racial profiling (and use of bathroom) at Starbucks
posts: of bathrooms and ‘third spaces’

Racial profiling and policing of space on NextDoor.com: NextDoor has a racism problem, and here’s how it’s trying to fix it
posts: City Fortresses/Mike Davis

The UNHCR Refugee Convention

People, social media Accounts

Dr Lauren Elkin: Twitter, Instagram, website
China Miéville: website
Flâneur Magazine: Instagram