ABSTRACT FROM THE CONCRETE
Marxist geographer David Harvey opened his lecture with a fact: between 2011 and 2013 China consumed 50 percent more cement than the United States had in the entire twentieth century. In Abstract from the Concrete, he asks why. Spiraling outwardgeographically and materiallyHarvey travels from the building industry in China to the foreclosed housing market in the United States to the automobile industry in São Paolo and back again. The why emerges as a direct result of anti-value, of capital in crisisintrinsic, he contends, to capital and capital cities today.