Philippe Vandenbroeck

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (119 of 126)
Birthday: 1 Sep

Interested in books on photography, history of ideas, systems thinking, graphic and information design, poetry, good novels, 19th and 20th century classical music, mountaineering, personal effectiveness.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 83,466 - Total Helpful Votes: 119 of 126
The Transport Debate (Policy and Politics in the T&hellip by Iain Docherty
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book offers an engaging and enlightening discussion of the challenges besetting the UK transport system. The British transport system is the legacy of Thatcherís neoliberal revolution: spending cuts, successive waves of privatization and deregulation and the preeminence of The Great Car Economy have created a system that is very costly and inefficient. Furthermore, it puts significant stress on the environment, provides a very mediocre journey experience and distributes benefits unequally over members of the UK population.

The authorsí perspective is pragmatic. They donít see the realization of a more sustainable transport system as an intractable Ďwicked problemí. In… Read more
Making: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Archite&hellip by Tim Ingold
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important message, 30 Sep 2013
I'd like to counterbalance the previous reviewer's rather disparaging assessment. After having read `Lines' and `Being Alive' with great interest, I wasn't at all disappointed by Ingold's latest book. Quite the contrary, `Making' struck me as a very rich and satisfying critique of the objectivist epistemology and technocratic ethos that underpins much of knowledge production today.

The critique operates at different levels. Its opening gambit is a prima facie plea to save the discipline of anthropology from a collapse into the documentary thrust of ethnography. Ingold sees the former as a transformational "space for generous, open-ended comparative yet critical enquiry into the… Read more
Finn Mortensen: Symphony, Pezzo Orchestrale, Evolu&hellip ~ Finn Mortensen
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mortensen's Symphony, premiered in 1953, seems to be one of those great works relegated to the dustbin of history by a rabidly dogmatic avant-garde of serialists. Despite his stature in post-war Norwegian musical life, Mortensen heard it performed only three times during his lifetime. There has been one earlier recording, by the Bergen Philharmonic led by Mariss Jansons, now unavailable. So how lucky we are to have this new, state-of-the-art recording featuring Terje Mikkelsen and the Munich Radio Orchestra.

The qualifier that seems most often to be associated with this 37-minute work is `Brucknerian'. Which is not totally unjustified as the monumentality of conception and… Read more