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Towards a Deleuzoguattarian methodology for urban design

Foroughmand Araabi, Hooman; McDonald, Alex


Alex McDonald


© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (Deleuzoguattarian) is now widely thought to be apropos for today’s world. This paper proposes Deleuzoguattarian philosophy as a new methodology for urban design research and practice. First, existing methodologies in the field of urban design are examined and their strengths and limitations outlined in relation to current urban problems. A reading of Deleuzoguattarian philosophy from an urban design perspective is then provided in order to propose a new methodology for research and practice. This reading mainly concentrates on the ontology and epistemology offered by the philosophy, aspects that have been neglected in the literature. The concept of territorialization as a complementary concept to assemblage theory is highlighted in order to illustrate the characteristics of the ontology and epistemology. Finally, normative goals are discussed. It is concluded that Deleuzoguattarian philosophy is not only an ethical response to modernism but is an epistemological need.


Foroughmand Araabi, H., & McDonald, A. (2019). Towards a Deleuzoguattarian methodology for urban design. Journal of Urbanism, 12(2), 172-187.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 5, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 4, 2018
Publication Date Apr 3, 2019
Deposit Date Oct 8, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 5, 2020
Journal Journal of Urbanism
Print ISSN 1754-9183
Electronic ISSN 1754-9183
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 2
Pages 172-187
Keywords urban design, methodology, Deleuze, Guattari, epistemology, ontology, normative goals
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability on 04 December 2018, available online:


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