Walter Benjamin. Über Städte und Architekturen
[Walter Benjamin. On Cities and Architecture]
The philosopher, cultural theorist and author Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) not only travelled frequently, but also resided for extended periods of times in different places, including Paris, Marseilles, Naples, Capri, Ibiza, Moscow, and Riga. Starting in 1925, he published his observations of these places in essays and reports written for various newspapers and magazines. His focus often centered around the question of how people coexist with one another in the built environment, especially in public squares and on the street. These city portraits are among the best known of Benjamin’s texts. This volume brings them all of them together for the first time and illustrates them with numerous post cards that Benjamin collected, or sent to his friends. Editorial commentary illuminates and contextualizes both the texts and the images. In an epilogue, editor Detlev Schöttker considers the role of architecture and urban life in Benjamin’s thought and writing.