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Emancipating Space: Geography, Architecture, and Urban Design (Mappings)

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King (architecture, building, and planning, U. of Melbourne) provides an overview of the history of urban design, examining political, economic, and social changes from the Englightenment to the present day with an eye toward developing new urban design ideas for the post modern era. His writing--abstract and philosophical--is not easy going. In the preface, he states that the book is "intended for students of the disciplines under attack--geography, social theory, urban planning and urban design, and architecture."
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Synopsis:

A sweeping historical analysis of the complex relationship between social criticism and built form, Emancipating Space examines the interconnections of architecture and social climate. Including 45 black-and-white illustrations of buildings and public spaces, the book argues that those concerned with urban design and social change should make their contribution to bringing about a better world by designing spaces based in utopian or emancipatory theories. Author Ross King presents theories of social improvement and architecture since the enlightenment with an eye toward developing new urban design ideas for the postmodern era.

About the Author

Ross King is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building, and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and was educated as an architect and urban planner at the University of Sydney. He was also a graduate student under Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also sat at the feet of such modernist luminaries as Le Corbusier, Lewis Mumford, and Arnold Toynbee. He has practiced as an architect, planner, and policy analyst, taught at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, and researched (among other things) the complexities of urban housing markets, the cultural contexts and economic effects of urban and landscape design, and theories of design.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Design of the City, The Progress of Modernity, and the Crisis of Postmodernity

2. Space and Power:The Enlightenment

3. Space and the Commodity: The Nineteenth Century and the Rise of Modernity

4. The Space of Revolution: 1900 and the Maelstrom

5. The 1920s as Crucible: Translation, Vkhutemas, and the Bauhaus

6. The Universal Space of the Twentieth Century: Voyages Against the Ebb

7. The Space of Signs: 1968, Modernity, and Postmodernity

8. "Postmodern"

9. Space and Deconstruction: Map as Myth

10. Conclusion: New Geography

11. The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity versus Postmodernity

12. Conclusion: New Architecture, New Urban Design

Product Details

ISBN:
9781572300460
Author:
King, Ross
Publisher:
Guilford Publications
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
City planning
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Space (Architecture)
Subject:
Architecture -- Environmental aspects.
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Mappings: Society/Theory/Space
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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A sweeping historical analysis of the complex relationship between social criticism and built form, Emancipating Space examines the interconnections of architecture and social climate. Including 45 black-and-white illustrations of buildings and public spaces, the book argues that those concerned with urban design and social change should make their contribution to bringing about a better world by designing spaces based in utopian or emancipatory theories. Author Ross King presents theories of social improvement and architecture since the enlightenment with an eye toward developing new urban design ideas for the postmodern era.

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