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R. Michael Fisher
5 Integral Urbanists: Summary (Detail)
by R. Michael Fisher - Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 07:22 PM

I promised in the last Founders Forum "My Top 5 Pick: Integral Urbanists" to read and study each of the five theorists and practitioners work and create a more detailed summary. The pdf here "Curatorial Notes to Integral Urbanists: Epistemic Issues" is 21 pp and will give you a good idea of their similarities and differences, although this is just the bare beginning of comparisons I would like to make in the future, as well as look at more in depth particular areas of my interest (like fear, and "integral" definitions) in the future. The 5 are: Craig Anz, Leonie Sandercock, Nan Ellin, Marilyn Hamilton, and Ian Wight.

I have copied the first two paragraphs below from this 21pp paper for your initial interests (may we engage further):


Curatorial[1] NOTES TO INTEGRAL URBANISTS: Epistemic Issues

-R. Michael Fisher, Sept. 16/2014


I am searching for a seed concept that acts as a scaffold to hang all our differences in approach to economic and community development, individual development, and the sociocultural dimensions of urban planning, architecture and education for a 21st century and a thriving cosmopolis.[2] That is, our work which is often called "soft urbanism," in general orientation. At first, in an epistemic sense, it seems like "holistic" (and holism) would be adequate, but I think not.


"Integral" (and integralism) serves more accurately the generic aspect of our commonalities—however, we may define (or not define) it—and yet, more specifically under that broad umbrella is the desire in each of our work to find the best (and/or functionally effective) ways to critically analyze and point toward solutions to the clashing (potentially complementary) diverse epistemologies driving and emerging in the current globalizing context of Development (in the largest sense of that term).

[1] See Appendix 1 for my postmodern Rogoffian curatorial approach to "epistemological crisis" and the pursuit of curating this 'exhibition' of top 5 pic integral urbanists.

[2] Although there are likely several ways to conceptualize cosmopolis (literally, international or cosmic city), I am particularly thinking of the terms use by integral urban planning historian and theorist Leonie Sandercock (books: Cosmopolis, Cosmopolis-II) and, the theory of cosmopolis in the writing of late Canadian integral philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan (1904-84).