October, 1997

Assistant Editors

Suzanne Najarian
Jenny Stone

Table of Contents 

  • Introduction

    by Michael Benedikt

    In this age of information, the slow and the still, the "holy and the firm" are at risk. Whatever we call it--infrastructure, architecture, urban beauty--we are free-riding on the efforts...

  • The Rediscovery of Value and the Opening of Economics

    by Ilya Prigogine

    It is only in the 19th century that we find a discipline called "economic science." At this time, the western world was dominated by Cartesian dualism. On the one side was...

  • From Experience to Worth: The Four Dimensions of Value

    by Robert Kane

    The so-called gap between "fact" and "value" (or between "is" and "ought") has been a fundamental problem for the modern age. Beginning with the aftermath of the Renaissance of...

  • Value, Human Economics, and the Future of the Arts

    by Frederick Turner

    I begin with a poem, a little satire on Michael Graves' Dolphin Hotel in Florida, part of the Disneyworld complex. The Dolphin is a piece of postmodern architecture designed, as I would...

  • Consumer Sovereignty or Citizen Disenfranchisement?...

    by Elizabeth Anderson

    If one measure of civilization is the ability of a society to enable its members to lead flourishing, secure, and peaceful lives in cities, the United States would stand rather low...

  • Values and Socio-Cultural Evolution

    by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    Some years ago I did a study in which we went into the homes of a representative sample of one hundred Chicago families and talked to three generations within that family: parents...

  • Psychological Economics: An Outline

    by Michael Benedikt

    My larger project is to develop a theory of value that allows us to speak about ethical, aesthetic and economic value in one quasi-formal language. I say a "quasi-formal" language...

  • Why the Things We Buy Often Aren't the Things We Want

    by Robert Frank

    Rather than architecture itself, I shall address more general questions about why people value some things more than others, and why the market may push valuations...

  • The Question of Economic Value

    by Thomas C. Schelling

    I come from a rather different culture from most of the contributors to this volume. I am going to try to explain what economics is about--economics as practiced by economists...

  • Attention, Value, and Exchange

    by Michael O'Hare

    In this article, I will try to do two things. One is to react directly to a tone of economics- and economist-bashing that surfaces all too often in "humanist" design circles; the other...

  • Grapple-Skidders and Feller-Bunchers: Heidegger in the North Woods

    by Steven A. Moore

    Sipping coffee in the Newfield Diner, I struggled to reconstruct all that Robert Libby had told me about "whole tree forestry"...

  • City Beautiful, City Ugly: Urban Form as Social Convention

    by Michael Storper

    Imagine a land, spacious and relatively empty, where a civilization creates itself in a short time. From the coast and from a variety of different lands abroad, waves of settlers...

  • Towards an Alternative Narrative of Economic Globalization

    by Saskia Sassen

    Currently dominant accounts of economic globalization in media and policy circles, as well as in most economic analysis, emphasize hypermobility, global communications, and...

  • Landscapes of Economic Value

    by Sharon Zukin

    Several years ago, I used the term "landscapes of power" to describe how powerful groups make a dramatic imprint on local communities. The decade between the mid 1970s and...

  • Hyperreality 90210

    by Terrance Goode

    Two Rodeo Drive is a luxury shopping mall located at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, on the hypotenuse of Beverly Hills' famed shopping district...

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