Urban Experience as Aesthetic Compromise

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This chapter focuses on the friction between perfection and imperfection that is inherent in the urban aesthetic experience. First, the city extends beyond human perceptual capacities and can be experienced only partially. Thus, any meaningful experience of the city must bridge this problem of scale. Second, the appearance of a city is formed by decisions made by others, often following values different from ours. How cities are represented in the processes of their development results in the incoherence of experience when compared with everyday aesthetic engagements with the city. The second form of friction is given particular attention here, although it is clearly based on the first problem of the scale of experience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImperfectionist Aesthetics in Art and Everyday Life
EditorsPeter Cheyne
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-25136-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-032-17009-1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Book section, Chapters in research books

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Aesthetics


  • Aesthetics
  • Urban aesthetics


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