"The idea that a tower block isn’t nature is not particularly philosophically or physically respectable. It’s just a weird cultural prejudice."
Des Fitzgerald is a professor of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences at UCC. A sociologist by training, he has particular interests in sociologies and histories of the psychological sciences, in social and cultural theory, and in urban studies. His latest work, The City of Today is a Dying Thing, sits at the intersection of these topics, as Fitzgerald critiques 'green urbanism' and looks for radical alternatives for future living.
Since being named a “New Generation Thinker” by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Fitzgerald has also worked as part of the Radical Humanities Laboratory at UCC, which aims to provide space for post- and anti-disciplinary practices to carve out radical trajectories for the future.
‘Like Jon Ronson on town planners … Endlessly funny and seriously smart.’ - John Grindrod